Free hands-on event to spread education on monarch butterflies

DECATUR, Ill. – Milkweed toxins permanently remain in the monarch butterfly’s system, which causes animals that eat them to become sick and serves as a way to protect monarchs from predators. Learn additional information about the monarch butterfly in a fun and hands-on approach at Monarch Madness, co-hosted by University of Illinois Extension and Macon County Conservation District.

Monarch Madness will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on September 12 at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, Ill. In case of rain, the event will be on September 19 at the same time and location. This free event will include crafts, tag and release, hand painting, refreshments, education, tours, and more!

Register for this family-friendly event by September 8 at For more information, please contact Julia Duncan, Extension master gardener coordinator, at or call 217-877-6042.

The horticulture program is a branch of University of Illinois Extension that provides research-based information and training about soil testing, tree health, lawn care, pest identification and control, vegetable gardening, and more. The horticulture program also provides Master Gardener training. Find DeWitt, Macon, and Piatt Extension Master Gardeners and Horticulture on Facebook.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact 217-877-6042. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Source: Julia Duncan, Master Gardener Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension

Writer: Laura Crider, Marketing and Communications, University of Illinois Extension

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