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Burpee’s Monarch Release Party

September 21, 2019

Reserve Tickets Online (or call 815-965-3433)

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Attention Citizen Scientists of All Ages!

Get ready to learn about Monarch Migration, tag butterflies and monitor their migration too! Working with Monarch Watch’sresearch program, Burpee will facilitate the tagging and release of many butterflies. Enjoy a chance to get involved in this critical project for the species.

Party attendees will engage in make and take workshops, explore in hands on butterfly stations, observe the great migration take off point, and learn from scientists and environmentalists. Don’t miss this butterfly fun for the whole family!

Scheduled Activities:

  • LIVE BUTTERFLY TENTS

Come visit our monarchs before its time to say goodbye.  Enter the tent for a quick, interactive experience with our butterflies.  Experience the joy of butterflies flying about you!

  • MONARCH LIFE CYCLE EXPLORATION & MIGRATION

From a small egg, the life of a monarch is filled with changes and breathtaking growth.  Visit specimens of all ages and learn about the life of our Butterflies.

Would you make it as a larva?  Play our game to see your chances of survival! Scientists have learned a lot about the Monarch’s exciting travels.  Come learn about the months a monarch spends traveling south…and then back to Rockford!  Make your own migration map!

  • TAGGING A BUTTERFLY

Research on monarch migration is possible because of small ID tags placed on the wings of the butterflies.  Come see how tagging has evolved over the last 30 years and how scientists tag and monitor butterflies today!  Learn how to make a proper butterfly net that you can use for catching your own specimens.

  • BUTTERFLY CHILDREN’S CRAFTS

Make your own beautiful butterfly magnet to take home as part of our monarch migration celebration. Create a caterpillar complete with monarch color beads.

  • BUTTERFLY & POLLINATOR GARDENING

Dig into the right plants for encouraging butterflies to rest in an oaisis by your home.  Learn how to encourage all kinds of pollinators and make a bee habitat!  You can purchase supplies to get started this fall!

  • FACE PAINTING

Butterflies don’t have to be the most beautiful stars of the day!  Transform your look and celebrate with a butterfly mask

  • TAGGING & RELEASE ZONE

Zone for adding tags to our monarchs about to migrate.  This is open to all attending! NEW this year.  After you tag your butterfly…release right away to cheer it on to MEXICO!

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Pricing for the Event:

Monarch Party Pass: Includes admission to Monarch Release Party, all crafts and activities. Guests of all ages get the opportunity to hold a Monarch Butterfly, learn how to tag a butterfly and more butterfly fun!

(NOTE: Party admission ticket for party only.  Party ticket does not include museum admission)

General Public $5.00 (all ages, infants under 1 year old are free)

Members $2.00 (all ages, infants under 1 year old are free)

SAVE BIG with a FAMILY PASS:

$35.00 gets the whole family into the Monarch Release party PLUS the entire Burpee Museum! Everyone can stay and see the whole museum for the rest of the day.

General Burpee Museum Admission Rates:

$8 Adults

$7 Children Under 12

 

Party Ticket Includes:

  • Music and Celebration on Burpee Riverfront
  • Butterfly Activity Stations & Workshops
  • Butterfly Talks & Scientific Learning
  • Butterfly hands-on encounters
  • Great seats for the butterfly release
  • Hands-on tagging experience

Reserve tickets in advance and skip the lines.  Reserve online or call 815.965.3433

 

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