monarch butterfly life cycle

We are excited for the 7th Annual Monarch Migration Festival to be back as an in person community event this year, although it will look a little different from year's past. For the safety of everyone attending and volunteering, space is limited to keep groups small and a separate registration is required for each individual.

Those wanting to attend may register for the hour they wish to arrive at the event taking place at the Lakeside Nature Center in Galesburg, Illinois. When you arrive, you will pick up your Monarch Experience Passport at the entry tent and be divided into one of four groups. From there you will rotate through the learning stations where you will learn about the complete annual life cycle and metamorphosis of the Monarch Butterfly, #1 Egg, #2 Larva, #3 Chrysalis and #4 Migration (tagging). There will be plenty of time in each station for all of your questions to be answered by our expert volunteers. After the first four stations are complete, you will be able to explore any of the remaining stations you choose to visit. These stations include Teacher Resources by the Knox County Soil & Water Conservation District, A Nature Activity by the City of Galesburg Recreation Division, and Plant Identification in the pollinator plot.

We ask that you please arrive a few minutes ahead of the hour you choose in your family/friend group. If you are unable to attend after registering, please contact Wendy Ferguson, horticulture program coordinator, so those spots may be offered to those on our waiting list.

*All individuals are highly encouraged to wear a face covering and practice social distancing at this outdoor event. Thank you for your cooperation and shared commitment to the growth, development, and safety of our communities.