Flutter Fest 2021

September 10 – 18
NEW for 2021 Join the Zoo all week long to learn about butterflies and our other pollinator pals.

The fun starts on Friday, September 10 when we kick off the week with a special showing of the Bee Movie.

Then visit us throughout the next week (Monday – Friday) between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the main plaza to learn all about butterflies and other pollinators from our friends at Idlewild Butterfly Farm and Insectarium.  Enjoy awesome displays and ask the experts all the butterfly questions you’ve been fluttering to know, plus receive a free take-home craft (while supplies last).

On Saturday, September 18 at 11:30 a.m., join us for a special question & answer session with our butterfly experts and visit the butterfly house one last time before the fun flutters away.

Want to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your garden at home? Try one of our Flutter Fest classes to learn all about pollinator gardens — plus, take home a milkweed plant to start your home habitat! Then, follow us on Facebook to watch special butterfly videos all week long featuring expert Blair Leano-Helvey from Idlewild Butterfly Farm and Insectarium.

As an accredited Zoo, and following the AZA Monarch SAFE program recommendations, the Zoo will not be hosting a tag and release program. To find out more about SAFE and how you can help save animals from extinction, please visit aza.org/safe-species.

FLUTTER FEST ACTIVITIES

Stained Glass Butterfly

Create a work of art perfect for a window in your house!

Buggy Bands

It just takes a few items like some colored paper, pipe cleaners and puff balls to make a bug crown.

Clothes Pin Butterfly

Some streamers, a pipe cleaner and a clothes pin is all you need!

FLUTTER FEST CLASSES

Saturday, September 18 from 9 –10 a.m.
$10 per registration (up to 4 people)
Join us before the Zoo opens for this special family-focused class about pollinator gardens. Our experts will be on hand to share gardening tips including which plants to select, what type of garden is best for your space and how to identify where to begin your garden. You can even learn more about which pollinators and other critters you might spot living in your new backyard habitat. Each group of 4 will receive one milkweed plant to start their own garden at home!

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