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Celebrate pollinators, June 23, at Monarchs and Milkweed Festival

Jun 21, 2019 01:02PM ● By Hannah Ott

The Monarchs and Milkweed Festival is fun for the whole family. (Image: Forest Preserve District of Kane County)

Geneva - Celebrate native pollinators at the Forest Preserve District of Kane County - Administrative Headquarters's Monarchs and Milkweed Festival, June 23, from 12-3pm at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve.
 
Pollinators are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. They also sustain ecosystems and produce natural resources by helping plants reproduce. Learn more about the birds, bees, butterflies, bats, beetles and other small mammals that pollinate plants at this Forest Preserve District special event.
 
Kids can enjoy crafting inspired by pollinators they've learned about. (Image by Forest Preserve Dist. of Kane)

At the Monarchs and Milkweed Festival, there will be free pollinator-friendly plants (Butterfly milkweed, Swamp milkweed, Bee balm, Prairie blazing star, Pale purple coneflower, Sky blue aster, Foxglove beardtongue and Purple prairie clover) while supplies last. 
Families can bring picnic food or visit food trucks including Bernie’s Bully Dogs, Cupcakes for Courage and Grumpy Gaucho. (Image by Forest Preserve Dist. of Kane) 


Naturalists will lead guided hikes in the prairie. There will also be crafts and butterfly-house kits for purchase. Plus, enjoy live music by Mark Dvorak. Exhibiting organizations include: FermiLab, Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District, Northern Kane County Wild Ones and The Conservation Foundation. Visit food trucks including Bernie’s Bully Dogs, Cupcakes for Courage and Grumpy Gaucho.

There will be experts on hand to answer questions about native plant gardening, habitat restoration and to teach ways that everyone can pitch in to preserve plants and their pollinators. (Image by Forest Preserve Dist. of Kane) 
“In this festival, we’ll celebrate the beauty and importance of Kane County’s flora and fauna, while educating people about the importance of plants and pollinators. We want folks to appreciate the intricate relationships in nature, and how critical it is to restore habitat for animals, plants and people alike,” said Valerie Blaine, environmental education manager.

“The monarch butterfly is the ‘poster child’ of native pollinators. Other pollinators, though, are often overlooked. Native plants, such as milkweed, are sometimes taken for granted or dismissed as weeds. Monarchs, milkweed, bumble bees and wildflowers are locked in an interdependent relationship that reflects the health of the environment,” she said.
 
Admission to the Monarchs and Milkweed Festival is free. Butterfly kits and food will be for sale. There will be experts on hand to answer questions about native plant gardening, habitat restoration and to teach ways that everyone can pitch in to preserve plants and their pollinators. Bring bag chairs and picnic blankets, if you’d like.
 
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve is located at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.
 
For more information on this festival, or other Forest Preserve District nature programs, visit kaneforest.com call 630-444-3190 or find them on social media by searching @forestpreserve.
 

Source: Kovach, Brittany KovachBrittany@kaneforest.com