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A Celebration of Monarchs

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$30 Member Price / $45 Non-Member Price

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Come enjoy a wonderful interactive day learning about the Monarch’s remarkable life history, the perils they face, and how you can help save them by sowing seed balls of their nectar and host plants which we’ll make in class. During the Fall, the magnificent Monarchs migrate thousands of miles to overwinter in the mountains of central Mexico. The Monarchs who live west of the Rockies migrate to groves of trees right here along the California coast. They need food along the way and something to eat when they arrive. In the Spring, it’s the next generation of Monarchs who’ll make the return journey; they’ll need to eat as well. An adult butterfly’s diet is mainly composed of nectar from flowers. Each butterfly species has their own favorite types of flowers they visit, including the Monarchs. When it’s time to lay their eggs, the Monarchs require Milkweed plants; it’s the only plant that provides Monarch caterpillars the chemical defense they need to protect themselves from predators. Milkweed plants have become scarcer and harder to find leaving the future of the Monarchs in limbo. You can help change this by becoming a guerilla seed-sower for Monarch butterflies! In this class, we’ll have fun fashioning seed balls containing seeds of the Monarch’s favorite nectar flowers and the seeds of their vital Milkweed host plant that you can later sow in wayside fields along the road for them to find. After we finish making our seed-balls, we’ll caravan to Bolinas to see the congregating Monarch Butterflies, who’ve just made their long journey, clustered in the trees where they’ll spend the winter. We’ll enjoy our lunch while watching them in the trees nearby. All ages welcome!

Schedule for the day:

-Meet at Bear Valley Picnic Area

-Fun and informative lecture on Monarchs

-Seed-ball making workshop

-Caravan to Bolinas to see the overwintering Monarchs

-Eat lunch

Instructed by Andrea Freeman

-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.

-This class will be held mostly ourdoors with some time spent indoors.

-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

Class Cancelation Policy

If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. PNRSA Field Institute classes are generally run rain or shine, though will follow National Park Service weather and road advisories to ensure that classes only run in safe conditions. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class for any reason, participants will receive a full refund of class fees.

What to Bring

-Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)

-Hat and sunscreen

-Comfortable walking shoes


-Notebook & Pen

-Lunch, snacks, and water for the day

-Binoculars (optional)

-Camera (optional)

Interested in becoming a PRNSA Field Institute facilitator? Want to take classes for FREE while helping out a great cause? Join us! Contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org for more information.

Are you an outdoor educator or artist who would like to teach a PRNSA Field Institute class? Contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org or visit www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/class-information for more information about how to become a PRNSA Field Institute Instructor.

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