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Celebrating Monarchs at Knoch Knolls Park

The Park District’s first-ever Monarch Festival brought more than 700 people to Knoch Knolls Park on Sept. 17 to celebrate and learn about Monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension hosted an information table

Visitors watched as Monarch butterflies were released to begin their long journey to Mexico

 Pat Miller from Monarch Watch explained how Monarchs are tagged and released for scientific study

A dozen local organizations were on site to share their knowledge with festival goers. Some gave hands-on lessons on how to plant a pollinator garden and raise Monarchs at home. Kids listened to stories, made butterfly crafts, played pollination games, and looked through microscopes to learn more about the insects’ anatomy. Other fun activities included face painting, games and exploring Knoch Knolls Park on a beautiful day.

Angelique Harshman, Nature Center Manager for the Naperville Park District, was thrilled with the large turnout for the event. “We are happy that so many people enjoyed learning more about Monarch butterflies and other pollinators. We are grateful to the many organizations that came out to the event, and that people came away with practical tips on what they can do to create better habitat for Monarchs, which can be as simple as planting a few seeds in their yards at home.”

Read more about the event in the September 19 article in the Naperville Sun.

Jim Kleinwachter from The Conservation Foundation, presented, “How to Plant a Pollinator Garden”

The Growing Place, the event sponsor, brought a demonstration pollinator garden

Carolyn Finzer explains the importance of milkweed plants

Lyman Woods beekeepers showcased their honeybees

Thanks to TCBY for stopping by to sell some refreshing treats

Even the turtles at the pond were enjoying the beautiful day

Learn More About Supporting Pollinators
Here are links to the websites of the organizations that attended the Monarch Festival:

The Morton Arboretum
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County
The Conservation Foundation
DuPage Monarch Project
Monarch Watch
Naperville Garden Club
Master Gardeners from the University of Illinois Extension Office
Lyman Woods (Downers Grove Park District)
The Growing Place

Upcoming Events at Knoch Knolls Nature Center
Fall is a great time to visit Knoch Knolls Nature Center and Knoch Knolls Park.

View of Knoch Knolls Nature Center from the pond, looking north

Fall hayrides will take place at both Seager Park and Knoch Knolls Park each weekend in October. The outings include a ride through the woods, a campfire and hot chocolate. 

A fall hayride at Seager Park

The third annual Creepy Critters Day will take place at Knoch Knolls Nature Center on Monday, October 9 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. This is a free drop-in program that includes a Creepy Story Time presented by the Naperville Public Library at 10:30 a.m.

On Saturday, October 21 Knoch Knolls Nature Center presents Acro-Bats, a new program for children ages 6-8 with fun activities to help them learn about the world’s only flying mammal, the bat. The program takes place from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The cost is $15 for residents and $22 for nonresidents.

On Saturday, Oct. 28 adults ages 18 and up are invited to an Adult Hike with a Naturalist from 8:00-9:30 a.m. at Knoch Knolls Park to look for wildlife. This event is free but registration is required.

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