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Monarch Butterfly Day

September 30, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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September 30, 2023


10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Monarch Day returns to the Arboretum on September 30!

September is a busy time for monarch butterflies as they undergo their fall migration from Eastern North America to Mexico, and Western North Carolina is a pit stop for some of these busy travelers.

You can celebrate these colorful creatures at Monarch Day, Saturday, September 30, with an amazing collection of activities and events including:

• Kid’s science and art activities

• The opening of the Monarchs and Milkweed Exhibit in the Baker Exhibit Center

• The Fall Plant Sale and Vendor Market

• Free Adult Education program: Migrating Monarchs with Blue Ridge Naturalist Instructor Dan Lazar.  Friday, September 29, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. & Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Lazar will map the movement of the monarch and the compelling story of this remarkable insect. Take this class and enrich your appreciation for a journey that unfolds over miles and generations and learn what you can do in your own landscapes to help the Monarch on its incredible journey for survival. No prior registration required. A monarch tagging and release demonstration will follow this program.

• Other associated Adult and Continuing Education Education classes: (please note – some classes may be held on different dates than this event)

Gardening for the Birds, Bees & Butterflies: ONSITE | Tuesday, September 26, 1 – 4 p.m.

 $35 Non-member Adult. Requires prior registration! 

Gardening for the birds is more than just feeding the birds. Martha Rollefson teaches a delightfully engaging overview for gardeners of all levels — just beginning and avid alike — who want to blend the joy of bird and wildlife watching with the satisfaction of creating a beautiful and healthy habitat that supports the food, water and shelter needs of birds and other essential pollinators! Martha will include gardening tips along with landscape design concepts, plant lists, and recommendations for practical reference materials.


Monarch Day 2023 promises to be a day full of fun and fanfare!