Pollinator Family Fun in the Twin Cities


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butterflyI was excited to see that Netflix is streaming Flight of the Butterflies right now. It has been a couple of years since we reviewed the film at the Science Museum. My boys didn’t even remember it, so we were able to watch it again like it was new. This reminded me that there are so many pollinator events in the late summer and early fall in the Twin Cities. I’ve gathered a few. Most are free.

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Ongoing Pollinator Events

Daily through 9/5Blooming Butterflies Como Zoo  • 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. • Hundreds of butterflies in an indoor garden environment filled with tropical plants  • Free

August Pollinator Events

8/20Monarchs in Motion Drop-In Discovery Station • Tamarack Nature Center  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Family highlights: Free, family-friendly drop-in style program; participants get hands-on experience, and sample edible treats from the Discovery Hollow garden • Free

8/21-9/5: Monarch Tagging at Three Rivers Parks  • Eastman, Richardson, & Lowry  • various dates and times • Family highlights: Catch and tag monarchs preparing for their 2,000-mile journey to Mexico; learn about life stages and tagging research; search for caterpillars and other insects  • Preregister  • $5.00/person

Monarch Butterflies - Everyone's favorite Pollinator

8/24: Monarch Magic  • Lake Nokomis • 49th St and Woodlawn Blvd, Minneapolis • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. • Family highlights: Free guided nature walks integrated with art-making workshops for the annual Monarch Festival at Lake Nokomis Park • Free

8/27: Honey Harvest Drop-In Discovery Station • Tamarack Nature Center  • 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Family highlights: Free, family-friendly drop-in style program; participants get hands-on experience, and sample edible treats from the Discovery Hollow garden • Free

8/28Dragonflies and Other Insects • Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. • Family highlights: Find out what keeps bees so busy and learn why bees are important to our Garden; make a bee craft; take a bee hike, do a bee dance and listen to The Honeybee and the Robber by Eric Carle • Preregister  • $7.00/child

8/24: Monarch Magic  • Lake Nokomis • 49th St and Woodlawn Blvd, Minneapolis • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. • Family highlights: Free guided nature walks integrated with art-making workshops for the annual Monarch Festival at Lake Nokomis Park • Free

8/29Nature Tots – Busy Bees • Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. • Family highlights: Find out what keeps bees so busy and learn why bees are important to our Garden; make a bee craft; take a bee hike, do a bee dance and listen to The Honeybee and the Robber by Eric Carle • Preregister  • $7.00/child

8/31: Monarch Magic  • Lake Nokomis • 49th St and Woodlawn Blvd, Minneapolis • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. • Family highlights: Free guided nature walks integrated with art-making workshops for the annual Monarch Festival at Lake Nokomis Park • Free

September Pollinator Events

9/4: Monarch Magic  • Lake Nokomis • 49th St and Woodlawn Blvd, Minneapolis • 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. • Family highlights: Free guided nature walks integrated with art-making workshops for the annual Monarch Festival at Lake Nokomis Park • Free

9/7: Monarch Magic  • Lake Nokomis • 49th St and Woodlawn Blvd, Minneapolis • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. • Family highlights: Free guided nature walks integrated with art-making workshops for the annual Monarch Festival at Lake Nokomis Park • Free

9/10: Minneapolis Monarch FestivalLake Nokomis  • 49th St and Woodlawn Blvd, Minneapolis • 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. • Family highlights: Monarch education and tagging, costume parade, 4 acre pollinator-friendly Naturescape, make a milkweed seed bomb, games, music, and art  • Free

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Joy Peters

Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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