Audubon Seeks Monarch Festival Volunteers, Vendors and Supporters

Audubon Community Nature Center is looking for volunteers, vendors and supporters for their annual Monarch Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 27. Local author Melissa Betrus is pictured in front of milkweed, which is the only food of Monarch caterpillars. She will have her book, Life Among the Milkweed, available.

Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) is putting out a call for help for its annual Monarch Butterfly Festival that will be in full swing again this year.

On the last Saturday in August, Audubon transforms its multipurpose room into a garden of flowers and free-flying butterflies and offers nature walks, butterfly programs, crafts, photo ops, and more.

Both the Festival and the adults-only Butterflies and Brews the evening before feature the hows and whys of Monarch Conservation, with tables showing their life cycle and live caterpillars and butterflies that can be held.

Volunteers are needed to take admissions, lend a hand in the Monarch Room, assist people with viewing caterpillars, and other activities. To help, you can contact ACNC Volunteer Coordinator Emily Nelson at (716) 569-2345 or

More vendors mean more fun. Audubon is looking to add to those vendors already coming: Prendergast Library with their amazing STEM gear and free books, the 3 C’s Food truck, henna tattoos, local author Melissa Betrus with her Monarch-related book, and possibly native plant vendors selling milkweed – the only food of Monarch caterpillars – and other plants.

If you have locally-made or butterfly-related products and would like to
participate, contact Audubon Public Engagement Specialist Jeff Tome at
(716) 569-2345 or

Through their financial support, sponsors and Audubon Community Partners help make these and other ACNC events possible.

Depending on their level of sponsorship, businesses supporting Audubon’s Monarch events can be named in news releases, have their logo on posters plus ACNC’s website and social media, receive family memberships, complimentary event tickets, and more.

Audubon thanks these Audubon Community Partners: Carnahan-Jackson Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Curt and Susie Westrom, Holmberg Foundation, Hultquist Foundation, Jessie Smith Darrah Fund, Lenna Foundation, Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, Bob Frucella’s Tax Service, Bush Industries/a Brand of eSolutions Furniture, Hal and Mary Conarro, Univera Healthcare, Weinberg Financial Group and Whirley-Drinkworks!

To learn about becoming an Audubon Community Partner or a sponsor for the Monarch events, contact Audubon Executive Director Leigh Rovegno at (716) 569-2345 or

For details of both the Friday, August 26, Butterflies and Brews and Saturday, August 27, Monarch Butterfly Festival, call (716) 569-2345 or go to [1] and click on “Upcoming Programs.”

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa.

The three-story Nature Center building houses interactive displays, a collection of live animals including the Hellbender exhibit, the 2021 Nature Photography Contest winners, and the Blue Heron Gift Shop. Visitors are welcome Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., and Sundays, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Nature Center members and SNAP/EBT cardholders have free building admission daily. Building admission is also free every Sunday for non-Nature Center members.

To learn more about Audubon and its many programs, call (716) 569-2345, find Audubon Community Nature Center on Facebook, or visit [2], where you will also find the most up-to-date COVID-19 Notice at the top of the page. Entries to the 2022 Nature Photography Contest and votes for the Community Choice winners can be made at [3].

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.