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Event Series Event Series: Flutter Fest (2023)

Flutter Fest (2023)

September 16, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Flutter Fest, come and be part of our 7th annual Flutter Fest with $3 off admission and activities and displays from our friends at Idlewild, Sept. 11 - 16, presented by PNC,, Grow Up Great.

Sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great 

September 9 – 13:  10 a.m. to Noon

September 14:  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Come and be part of our 8th annual Flutter Fest presented by PNC Grow Up Great, where we commemorate the autumn migration of the monarch butterfly as they journey to their overwintering destination in the forested mountains of Mexico!

Visit us throughout the week on the main plaza for activities to help 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, then pick up a take-home craft (while supplies last).

Don’t forget to visit the butterfly house one last time before the fun flutters away Sunday, September 15.

As a partner of AZA Monarch SAFE, the Zoo will not be hosting a butterfly release program. Mass releases of monarchs are not recommended for the health of wild migrating populations. As a conservation partner, our focus is helping to increase habitats for monarchs and other local pollinators. Any of the few butterflies remaining in our flight house at the end of the season are released but are not part of the migrating generation of butterflies. For more info, click here.



banner - monarchs & mimosas, sept. 14, 2024, reserve your spot online! l/side is orange, black, white monarch butterfly, sipping from a mimosas drink, background color is purple and white
Start your day with a refreshing cocktail as you learn how to create your own pollinator garden from our experts. This special 21+ class includes guidance on the types of plants that are most beneficial to attracting pollinators, how to identify the best location and type of garden for your space, and how to manage your plants to provide the best habitat year-round

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Sept. 9 – 14 during Flutter Fest 2024

Get a beautiful butterfly facepaint for only $16.99!


Header: Plant Sale
Saturday, Sept. 14 AND 21
10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Browse a selection of native plants available for purchase at the Zoo. Whether you’re just starting out or have been gardening for years, you are sure to find the perfect plants to benefit the pollinators that visit your at-home habitat.

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September 16, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm