Free hands-on monarch butterfly event is fun for all ages

DECATUR, Ill. – Monarch butterflies, like other pollinators, are a crucial part of our ecosystem. In addition to being valuable, the monarch butterfly is one of the most recognizable and fascinating pollinators. They are the only butterfly to make a two-way migration, and some fly as many as 3,000 miles. Learn more about the monarch butterfly at Monarch Madness, a hands-on event 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, with a rain date of September 19, at Rock Springs Conservation Area, 3939 Nearing Lane, Decatur, Ill. This free event is open to all ages and 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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