Known for their stately colors and elegant wings, millions of monarch butterflies travel more than 2,000 miles from across North America to Mexico each fall, where they cluster in about a dozen small areas. Unfortunately, the monarch population has declined from 556 million in 2004 to a historic low of 33.5 million in 2014. This is due to the butterflies’ dramatic loss of habitat and food sources, including the milkweed plant.
As part of a national effort to stave off the decline of monarch butterflies, The North Carolina Arboretum will host its third annual Monarch Butterfly Day on September 23, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The North Carolina Arboretum. Join the Arboretum in welcoming these regal flyers with a day full of monarch releases, crafts and fun in the outdoors. Plus, we’ll be leading tours in our Winged Wonders butterfly exhibit and will have milkweed for sale at the event.
Calling all ecoEXPLORERS: Earn your entomology field badge before the event and help Arboretum staff mark and tag butterflies. Click here for more information.
Schedule of Events
10 a.m. – Event begins; crafts, exhibits and milkweed sale opens at the Baker Exhibit Center
11 – 11:45 a.m. – “Building a Better Monarch Butterfly Waystation” with Adam Baker at the Baker Exhibit Center
1:30 p.m. – Monarch Butterfly Release at the Outdoor Events Garden
2 p.m. – Event concludes