Monarch Fest

Monarch Fest

July 13, 2024

10 AM-2 PM

At Monarch Fest there is fun for the entire family as you learn about Monarch butterflies and other pollinators, release butterflies, make milkweed seedballs, and adopt a caterpillar of your own to raise and release at home.

Adopt a Caterpillar

Caterpillar Adoption registration will be open from 10:00 AM, July 8th until 12:00 PM, July 12th (while supplies last).

Raising a monarch of your own is an exciting educational experience, but the most beneficial, impactful route to helping monarchs is to plant native, pesticide-free gardens and increase their habitat. Monarch butterflies and other pollinators are essential to environmental and agricultural systems, however they are in decline due to disease, pesticide use and habitat declines. To attract and sustain native pollinators, they must have adequate access to food, water, and shelter (just like us!). That means the number one way to support them is to create and maintain habitat that provides those three very important things. 

Pollinator habitat can be created in any open space that won’t be mowed or treated with pesticides. If you have space in your yard, garden, or even container gardens, be sure to plant a few pollinator-friendly plants, such as milkweed (the only thing a monarch caterpillar eats!). Of course, other native flowers also provide food and shelter to adult butterflies and other pollinators — what is good for the monarch is good for all pollinators! Planting a variety of species that have differing bloom times, heights, and flower types fuels the widest range of pollinators all season long. And, this not only supports pollinator populations, it also benefits your garden with bigger and better crops…that’s a win-win!


Monarch Fest committee members:
Cammie Machholz, Anna Miglia, Shelley Kamp, Jan Aiels, Heather Wilford, Loralee Walker, Roberta Lympus, and Susan & David Anderson

Pollinator Groups and other supporting groups:
Monarch Research Project
Monarchs in Eastern Iowa
Muscatine Pollinator Project
Milkweed Matters
Linn and Johnson County Master Gardeners
Good Neighbor Iowa
Girl Scout Troops 1949, 5477 and 5489


Face Painting (11:00-2:00)
Children’s Crafts
Pollinator Plant Give Away
Roll Milkweed Seed Balls
Butterfly Releases (11AM & 1PM)
Caterpillar Adoption Pickup (pre-registration required)
Photo Op Station


Bin Spire
PaperPie Learning (formerly Usborne Books)
Funny Face Designs by Lori
The Freeze
Smiley’s Soup and Sandwiches Food Truck
Contributing Artists:
Barb Thompson and family
Carson Saylor



Corda Credit Union

Kepros Physical Therapy

New Pioneer Food Co-op                 CIPCO

Sunrise Builders               Hills Bank

Cedar Rapids Area Association of Realtors

Trailside Tastings
Farm to Table Dinner