Monarch Fest

Monarch Fest

July 10, 2021

10 AM-2 PM

Hybrid Online & In-Person Event


This year we are combining online and in-person elements to create a hybrid event, including virtual programs leading up to the day-of event, FREE caterpillar adoption*, take-home crafts / activities, milkweed seed ball making for RAGBRAI riders, educational materials, free nectar plants, vendors and more.

Caterpillars, crafts and nectar plants will all be in LIMITED SUPPLY. You will need to register ahead of time HERE (beginning June 30) for caterpillars and crafts online and pick-up in-person the day of  the event.

*If you intend to adopt a caterpillar, you MUST have your own source of milkweed.


Monarch Fest committee members:
Shelley Kamp, Emily Zimmerman, Jan Aiels, Patty Ankrum, Roberta Lympus, Karla McGrail, and Susan & David Anderson

Monarch Research Project
& Monarchs in Eastern Iowa 


  • Register for caterpillar adoption HERE starting June 30 (ONE caterpillar per family, MUST have reliable source of milkweed)
  • Register for educational take-home crafts / activities HERE starting June 30
  • Native bees class
  • Online classes (see schedule below)


* Moved indoors due to weather.*

  • Milkweed seed ball making for RAGBRAI riders
  • Caterpillar & craft pick-up (indoors, please wear a mask and maintain distance – MUST REGISTER AHEAD OF TIME HERE)
  • Nectar plants available (limited supply)
  • Vendors (outdoors only): Usborne Books, Monarch Research Project, Monarchs in Eastern Iowa

ONGOING: Shop online anytime at — ICNC earns 50% of sales in FREE books to use for the children’s programs and summer camps. Click SHOP then select Indian Creek Nature Center If you have any questions, contact Ruth at


  • Monday, July 5 Watch a video of what milkweed looks like, tips for finding it and more.


  • Tuesday, July 6 — 10 AM: Join us on Zoom for a live presentation of “What Happens When the Monarchs Reach Mexico” from Dr. Ellen Sharp of Butterflies and Their People. Many have misconceptions about Mexico’s monarch migration, including where they go, what they do when they’re here, when the best time to see them is, and why their forest is in danger. Ellen will share how to see the butterflies, as well as how to help them. Monarch conservation must be radically re-envisioned if this fragile phenomenon is to survive. Ellen lives at the entry of the Cerro Pelón Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary in the State of Mexico. She is the co-owner of the ecotourism business JM Butterfly B&B and the co-founder of the forest conservation non-profit, Butterflies & Their People, which employs six full time forest protectors on Cerro Pelón.

  • Wednesday, July 7 — 1-2:30 PM: Join us on Zoom for a live presentation on “How to Increase Your Monarch IQ” from Debbie Jackson, of Monarch Watch. Welcome to the fascinating and wondrous world of monarchs, our most-studied butterfly of all! Learn details of all four stages of life, predators and the famous migration.  For example, did you know about SASN (Sun Angle at Solar Noon) being 57 degrees is the trigger that starts the Southern migration?  The program will last about an hour with thirty minutes of Q and A following.

  • Thursday, July 8 — 10 AM & 1 PM: Join us on Zoom for a live presentation of “Getting to Know Your Monarch Caterpillar” with Susan and David Anderson, of Monarchs in Eastern Iowa. Viewers will learn about the life cycle of a Monarch and how to take care of them. We will also discuss the needs of Monarchs and other pollinators in the real world. For everyone that reserved a caterpillar and recording will also be sent to everyone after. 

    10:00 AM  1:00 PM

  • Friday, July 9th — 1 PM: Join us on Zoom for a live presentation on Native Bees from Karla McGrail, Linn Co Master Gardener. Learn about our vital but often overlooked native bees.  Discover how you can alter your landscaping practices to help ensure their survival.

  • Saturday, July 10th — 10 AM – 2 PM: Monarch Fest — pick up your caterpillars and crafts (with confirmed registration), make pollinator seed balls and take home a nectar plant while supplies last!


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