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Audubon Community Nature Center
The Monarch Butterfly Festival is for all ages, but the night before is just for grown-ups.
Monarchs and Margaritas, a special adults-only preview of the Festival, is 5–7 p.m. on Friday, August 24.
The Nature Center is transformed into a butterfly house full of lovely flowers and Monarchs in all stages of development: tiny eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises, and butterflies.
A mini program on the Monarch Butterfly gives you insight into these remarkable long-distance fliers and their plight. A silent auction features Monarch migration-themed items. Past items included a butterfly garden, a summer fun basket, car care basket, artwork, a children’s basket, and more.
In recent years Monarch populations have been decimated by habitat loss, deforestation, and drought. Through a fun game you will learn more about their plight and how you can help, and possibly win some prizes.
You will enjoy south-of-the-border-themed appetizers with vegetarian options, and each admission includes two drink tickets. Beer and non-alcoholic beverages as well as margaritas will be available.
A hint for first-timers: You may want to bring some cash for extra drinks, game activities, and to shop for some great butterfly-themed merchandise at the Blue Heron Gift Shop.
Reserve early: admission is limited. Cost is $25 for those who reserve and pay by Wednesday, August 22, or $30 if you pay at the door. Pay by phone with a credit card at (716) 569-2345 during business hours, or register online at the bottom of the page at auduboncnc.org/monarchfestival. You can also go to the Programs page and register from there.
Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.