Monarch Butterly Release and Celebration @ Bob Jones Nature Center, Southlake [23 September]

Monarch Butterly Release and Celebration

09:00 - 12:00

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Bob Jones Nature Center
355 E Bob Jones Rd, Southlake, Texas 76092
Providence Bank of Texas is proud to present Bob Jones Nature Center and Perennial Garden Society’s Third Annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on September 23, 2017!

The festival grew from approximately 50 to 500 attendees from 2015 to 2016 and we are expecting even more folks this year! Because of this rapid growth, we are seeking to form additional partnerships & relationships with sponsors. Funds raised through sponsorships support not only the event’s festivities but also our year-round educational programs and outdoor classrooms.

We also launched a Planning Committee of members, volunteers, supporters and environmental enthusiasts to join the Nature Center and Perennial Garden Society teams in making this year’s Monarch Butterfly Festival the BEST we’ve had. We specifically need support in the areas listed below; however, we welcome assistance in all areas and would love to hear your ideas and suggestions.

— Securing Sponsors & Underwriters
— Organizing Logistics
— Day-of Activities
— Photography

If you have an interest in joining the 2017 Monarch Butterfly Festival Planning Committee, please send an email to [email protected] or call 817.491.6333.

2016 Monarch Festival Snapshot

— Approximately 500 adults, teens and children attended (families signed up in advance)
— Multiple Girl and Boy Scout troops participated
— 20+ local teens earned volunteer hours
— Released 400 monarch and painted lady butterflies
— Butterfly Costume Parade kicked off the event
— Musicians with the Southlake Community Band led the parade – Shannan Needleman on the fife & Carl Stang on the marching drum
— Kids tossed wildflower seed bombs during the parade prepared by PGS members
— Monarchs and seed bombs sponsored by Perennial Garden Society of Southlake
— Arts on the Go mobile fine arts studio led butterfly crafts for event goers
— Lexie Faucher Photography, a BJNC volunteer, photographed the event
— MaxFrut all natural fruit popsicle inventory sold out – as a BJNC partner, they graciously share profits with the Nature Center
— Interactive Migration Science Station led by educator Mrs. Dinah Chancellor
— Record sales at BJNC Wing Shop and Refreshment Booths
Children also enjoyed face painting, crafts by BJNC and interacting with butterflies

Note: it is not safe to release monarch butterflies in stormy weather; if it is raining hard or lightening, the release will be rescheduled. We will continue as planned if it's only lightly raining.
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