Friends of the Garden’s Butterfly Festival marks 10 years of celebrating pollinators on Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, Mo. The free event features Master Gardeners of Greene County’s educational program for children, Young Sprouts in the Garden.
All ages are invited to celebrate pollinators and nature in an extraordinary setting. A wide variety of activities, performances and vendors offers something for everyone.
Visit the Roston Native Butterfly House and Caterpillar Petting Zoo to get an up-close look at the butterfly and moth life cycles. Volunteers raise and care for thousands of caterpillars, moths, and butterflies throughout the year to make this unique exhibit possible.
Participate in hands-on gardening adventures and create butterfly- and nature-related crafts as led by Master Gardeners of Greene County in the Young Sprouts in the Garden section of the festival.
|8:45 a.m.||BioBlitz Prairie Walk||Meet at Welcome Tent|
|9 a.m.||Strolling Butterfly Magic Show by The Instars||Throughout Festival|
|9:30 a.m.||Storytime with the Springfield-Greene County Library||West Side of Meeting Room|
|10 a.m.||Butterfly Magic Show by The Instars||East Side of Meeting Room|
|10:45 a.m.||Registration Deadline for Pollinator Costume Contest||Welcome Tent|
|11 a.m.||Pollinator Costume Contest followed by Parade||Stage|
|Noon||Count Butterflies on the Kickapoo Edge Prairie followed by BioBlitz||Meet at Welcome Tent|
|12:30 p.m.||Strolling Butterfly Magic Show by The Instars||East Side of Meeting Room|
|1 p.m.||Butterfly Magic Show by The Instars||East Side of Meeting Room|
|2 p.m.||Storytime with the Springfield-Greene County Library||West Side of Meeting Room|
Children ten and under are invited to walk the stage in the Pollinator Costume Contest at 11 a.m. Come dressed as your favorite butterfly, caterpillar, or other pollinator and register at the welcome tent by 10:45 a.m. The contest is followed by a Pollinator Parade made up of all the contestants.
All ages are needed to help count butterflies at the Kickapoo Edge Prairie with Ric Mayer of Missouri Prairie Foundation and Dorothy Thurman, Roston Butterfly House Docent. The numbers are recorded to monitor butterfly populations each year. Meet at the welcome tent at Noon to participate.
Purchase unique outdoor home and garden items, get lost in a story as read by the Springfield-Greene County Library District, and watch in awe as The Instars perform their Butterfly Magic Show. Enjoy free admission to the widely-acclaimed Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden and free tours of the historic Gray/Campbell Farmstead and Liberty School.
Many volunteers are needed to ensure this popular community event runs smoothly. If you are interested in helping, please click here to sign up as a volunteer. Volunteers receive a complimentary t-shirt (sign up by Friday, May 31 to guarantee your size), and complimentary volunteer lunches are provided by Dr. Dan and Susan O. Cardwell.
Friends of the Garden is proud to partner with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Master Gardeners of Greene County to make this event possible.
The Butterfly Festival is also made possible by generous community sponsors: Dr. Dan and Susan O. Cardwell, CarGO, City of Springfield Environmental Services, CSL Plasma, Renewal by Andersen and United Healthcare.
For more information, please call 417-874-2952 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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