Monarch Festival will be held Sunday, September 8, from 12-5 p.m. at Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
“Our goal for the Monarch Festival is to help people learn about these butterflies, have fun along the way, and understand how they can help in conserving their habitat,” said Amy Silva, LRWP Executive Director.
Highlighting monarchs’ lifecycle and their incredible transformation, the Monarch Festival includes a variety of programs and activities: ● Displays of live monarchs at different stages of their life cycle, from caterpillars to adults ● Monarch butterfly tagging prior to release ● Educational presentations, learning stations and hands-on activities for all ages ● Hikes on interpretive trails lined with tall native wildflowers to watch these iconic butterflies nectaring or roosting almost close enough to touch ● Plant giveaways – visitors will be offered varieties of milkweed, the only plant on which monarchs lay their eggs, to plant either at Eagle Marsh or take home ● Farmer’s market, offering pollinator-friendly products such as local honey and native plants ● Local partners will be available to discuss projects happening locally to help our native pollinators ● Young Urban Homesteaders will offer locally grown, seasonal food for purchase
Parking for the event will be in the gravel parking lot BEHIND the barn. We will have volunteers guiding you to the area.
Our event will be part of Visit Fort Wayne's "Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown" event. Be sure to bring your passport to get your stamp if you're participating in other 'tourist' events that day.
We would like to extend a special thank you to our supporting business sponsors for enabling us to have this pollinator celebration! General Motors Fort Wayne Assembly, NIPSCO, Whittle Strategic Accounting , and Omnisource-Northern Indiana Division.