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Western Monarch Butterfly Day ~ Learn about Monarch Butterflies!

Celebrate Western Monarch Butterfly Day At Mile Square Regional Park

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly on Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate

 

Learn about Monarch Butterflies at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley, California

Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Orange County Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures at the fifth annual Monarch Butterfly Day! This free event takes place in the Butterfly Garden inside the park’s Camp Sycamore located near parking lot E. Children can assist in planting plants to attract Monarch Butterflies. Participants can also go inside a netted butterfly enclosure for a fluttering experience!

Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens. Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting, a balloon artist and guided nature walks.

Event Fee: Free
Parking Fee: 5.00
Age: recommended for ages 4 to 12 years old

Where:
Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714)973-6600 or (714)973-3197

 

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Butterfly Education Day at San Clemente State Beach

Butterfly Education Day at San Clemente State Beach is a worthwhile event to educate and celebrate our successful community stewardship of Butterfly Trail, a recognized monarch butterfly overwintering bivouac site in Orange County.

This event will include a butterfly tent, live exhibits, speakers, face painting, crafts and guided trail hikes and more!  Perfect day for the whole family.  Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic in the park.

The free event ($5 for parking) is sponsored by the San Onofre Foundation in celebration of the successful community stewardship effort along Butterfly Trail and to further engage the public through educational outreach. What is accomplished on the trail through civic, school, and agency partnerships is something that makes our entire community proud.

We’re fortunate that the San Onofre Foundation (SOF) has created this unique opportunity to promote State Parks’ educational and interpretive resources through this event. In addition to partnering with California State Parks, the SOF has received grant support from the National Environmental Education Foundation’s Every Day Event Grant program made possible by Toyota.

For more information visit: sanofoundation.org

 

 

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4th Annual Monarch Day

Fourth Annual Monarch Butterfly Day

Saturday, February 2
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708 For more information:
(714) 973-6600 or email milesquare@ocparks.com

Remember to bring your cameras!

Male Monarch Butterfly on Daisy

Western Monarch Butterfly (male)

Orange County Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures at the fourth annual Monarch Butterfly Day event at Mile Square Park!

The free event takes place in the Butterfly Garden inside the park’s Camp Sycamore located near parking lot E. Children can assist in planting more than 150 native plants to attract Monarch Butterflies. Participants can also go inside a netted butterfly enclosure.

Butterfly experts will be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens.

Additional activities include interpretive programs, children’s crafts, face painting, a balloon artist and guided nature walks. Each child will receive native seeds to plant in the butterfly garden or take home and plant to continue to help build safe habitats for Monarch Butterflies and other creatures.
Recommended for ages four to 12.

Download or Print Monarch Day Flyer

Rain will cancel event!

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The Story Of Chester ~ The Monarch Caterpillar

I was fortune to meet an inspiring woman who wrote an enchanting story about a monarch caterpillar she found in her back yard garden. Susie Vanderlip had planted milkweed. “I planted this… on a whim,” she says. “I had no idea it would bring me so much joy.”

In her backyard amongst the brightly colored milkweed flowers, she discovered, “Chester”, the monarch caterpillar. With a sense of purpose, she began to photograph and and document Chester’s amazing life cycle. She enjoyed watching Chester eat, and eat he did, with such determination and eagerness to thrive no mater what obstacles he encountered on his journey to become a butterfly.

Eat, Chester, eat!

The Story Of Chester

The Story Of Chester Book and DVD

The Story Of Chester, The Monarch Caterpillar is a wonderful way to introduce children to the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Included with the book is a real-life video that entertains children and adults alike. It carries a wonderful message about life purpose, determination in the face of bullying and the concern for nature’s creatures. Click here to order your own Story of Chester with narrated live-action DVD movie available.

Meet Susie Vanderlip for a book signing, video preview and stories about Chester the monarch caterpillar on February 11, 2012 at the Discovery Science Center, Santa Ana, California.

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California Western Monarch Day ~ February 5th

Monarchs overwintering at Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove, California

Western Monarchs Overwintering at Pismo Beach, California

February 5 is California Western Monarch Day, established by the state Legislature in 2004.  California Western Monarch Day celebrates the annual migratory return of the Western Monarch Butterfly to the central coast of California to spend the winter during October through March.

Thousands of Western Monarch Butterflies overwinter on the California coast each year.  One of the most popular spots for the Western Monarchs is Pismo Beach, California.  As of January, 23 , 2012 the count is more than 23,000 monarchs at the Pismo Beach Grove. The migration draws many visitors along the central coast.  The migration of the monarch butterfly is studied and celebrated by school children in California, across the United States, and in Mexico.

EVENTS

Mile Square Regional Park ~ Saturday, February 4th, 2012

This is the 2rd annual Monarch Butterfly Day at Mile Square Park. Children and families are welcome to come learn about the California Western Monarch Butterfly and its habitat with an up-close look at the magnificent creatures while they flutter through the Butterfly Garden and inside a netted butterfly enclosure in the park’s Camp Sycamore. Children can help the Butterfly Garden continue to grow by planting native plants in the garden to attract Monarch Butterflies. More than 140 plants will be available for planting on February 4th. Butterfly experts will also be on-site to provide educational information and answer questions about the beautiful and unique specimens.  Additional event activities include children’s crafts, face painting, guided nature walks through Mile Square Regional Park’s nature area. Each child in attendance will receive native seeds as a take away to continue to help build safe habitats for Monarch Butterflies and other creatures.

Event Time: 10:00 to 2:00
Event Fee: Event is free
Parking Fee: $5 per vehicle
Age: Recommended for ages 4 to 12
Special Instructions: Please be advised rain will cancel the event.

Mile Square Park
16801 Euclid
Fountain Valley, California 92708
(714)973-6600 or (714)973-3197

Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove ~ Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Plans are in place for a joyful celebration of Western Monarch Day at the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. There will be butterfly talks and educational booths for adults, as well as art activities for children. The main attraction, however, is the thousands of Monarchs hanging in huge clusters from the eucalyptus and pine trees in the grove. The grove will remain open through the month of February from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with docents providing daily talks at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. For more information, please visit www.MonarchButterfly.org

Times: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Parking: Free
Admission Fee: Free

Monarch Butterfly Grove
Monarch Butterfly Grove, Hwy. 1
Pismo Beach, California
(805) 773.7034

Citizen Science Butterfly Count in Limestone Canyon ~ February 5th, 2012

Join staff and local butterfly experts on IRC’s annual butterfly count! We will be recording number and types of butterflies encountered along the trails of Limestone Canyon. Our butterfly count will provide a benchmark estimate of diversity and number of these beautiful insects to compare to future local surveys and to larger patterns being compiled nationwide. Be prepared to learn about some new species if you’re new to this activity, or to share your appreciation and knowledge of butterflies.

Time: 8:30 AM
Activity Type: Citizen Science
Distance: 2+ miles
Duration: 5 hour(s)
Guided: Docent-Led
Reservations needed
Event is limited to space, please visit the IRC’s Website to sign up for a reservation.

They are a breath of beauty fluttering by They are mystery chronicled upon wing They bring forth the grace and wonder of this world to our eyes everyday ~K. D’Angelo

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Bugs and Butterfly Event at Riley Wilderness Park 2011

California Dogface Zerene eurydice

California Dogface (Zerene eurydice)

Bugs and Butterflies Event
Sunday, June 5, 2011
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Join Obsession With Butterflies along with plant, and insect enthusiasts for a day under the oak trees. Learn about butterflies and how to attract them to your garden. Rangers will lead nature walks through the native plant garden, offer a Hawk Talk and other activities for children. Brent Karner from the LA Museum of Natural History will have his traveling Insect Zoo with many interesting critters to meet up close. Information will be offered by specialists in water conservation, gardening, beekeeping, vector control, wilderness preserves and entomology. A fun day for the whole family!

Some of the vendors include…
Obsession with Butterflies/NABA (North American Butterfly Association)
LA Museum of Natural History
Orange County Vector Control
Wer-Mor n Honey
Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy
Master Gardeners of Orange County
Wagon Wheel Natural History Association

Event Fee: Free with parking
Parking Fee: $3.00

Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
30952 Oso Parkway
Coto de Caza, CA, CA 92679
949-923-2265 or 949-923-2266

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NABA 4th of July Butterfly Counts

Celebrating its 36th year in 2010, the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Butterfly Count Program is a long-term citizen-scientist project, involving almost 500 counts and thousands of volunteers throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Volunteers select a count area with a 15-mile diameter count circle and assemble a group to conduct a one-day census, of all butterflies sighted within that circle.

Butterfly Counts are usually held around the fourth of July. To learn more about them click the star spangled butterfly above. For free down-loadable 4th of July Butterfly coloring pages click on the Star-Spangled Butterfly coloring page below.

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Bugs ‘N Butterflies Event at Riley Wildernes Park

Join Obsession With Butterflies under the oak trees as entomologists and other enthusiasts share their knowledge of bugs and butterflies at the annual “BUGS ‘N BUTTERFLIES” event at Riley Wilderness Park on Sunday, June 6th 2010.

Meet Brent Karner from the LA Museum of Natural History, along with his  “Insect Zoo”. Brent will be demonstrating interesting insect and lifestyles.

Vendors include:

Gardening specialists will discuss planting California native drought tolerant plants to attract pollinators like butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

Enjoy guided Ranger-led as well as self-guided Nature Walks, the Riley Park Butterfly Garden, a “Hawk Talk”, Nature Center, Kid’s activities and Crafts which will be offered throughout the day.

Its a fun day for the whole family!

Event Fee: Free with parking
Parking Fee: $3.00

Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park Map Quest
30952 Oso Parkway
Coto de Caza, CA 92679
949-923-2265 or (949)923-2266

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