6th Annual Monarch Migration Festival to be held online

University of Illinois Extension and Galesburg Parks and Recreation Department will bring the sixth annual Monarch Migration Festival to the internet on Tuesday, September 8 through September 12 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. each day. This family-friendly online event is free to the public.

Learn how to tag a Monarch butterfly, discover the life cycle of the Monarch through the rearing cages of a local expert, create your own butterfly life cycle art project, make your own winter greenhouse to grow milkweed, and take a virtual tour of a Monarch Waystation to learn how to create your own butterfly habitat. This event is a community collaboration sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, Knox County Farm Bureau, and Galesburg Parks and Recreation.

Activity packs with supplies and information are available to all registrants of the festival and are free of charge. Materials for the art project, winter greenhouse, additional puzzles and games along with information on Monarch butterflies will be supplied. Quantities are limited and families are urged to reserve their packs early. Reservations can be made through the Monarch Migration Festival event on Facebook or through the Illinois Extension website.

Activity packs will be available to registrants for drive by pick up on August 31 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Lakeside Recreation Center, 1033 S. Lake Storey Rd., Galesburg, IL. If you live outside of the area, please note packs are not able to be mailed, but a supply list is available by email if you would like to participate. For more information, please check out the Monarch Migration Festival Facebook event or contact Wendy Ferguson.