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You're Invited
to the 1st Annual

September 24th, 11am-3pm

Join in the celebration of the local migration of our native Monarch Butterflies!

   Schedule of Events:

11:30am - Monarch Life-Cycle
                     Presentation

12:30pm - Monarch Migration
               Presentation featuring
                  Heyward Douglas

1:30pm - Monarch Tagging &
                      Research

2:30pm - Butterfly Hike

All Day Features:

Here's the Deal Food Truck

Live Music by Hawk Mountain

Kid's Crafts & Activities

Native Plants

Local Vendor Booths

Face Painting

Local Artists

and more!

 
Learn More

Event Registration

In order to bring you the best possible event, the park requests that those who plan to attend register by emailing “Monarch Festival Registration” and the number of people in your party to gorges@ncparks.gov.

Seeking Volunteers

Are you interested in helping promote FOG and sharing in this great event? We are looking for volunteers at the FOG tent! If interested, please contact Susan Banta for information on shift times and responsibilities.

Come for the pollinators and stay for the fun! The Mountain Monarch Festival promises a great lineup of fun for the whole family including:

Educational Programs


From interactive research tagging, a Monarch life-cycle presentation, and a keynote address from Heyward Douglas, attendees are sure to walk away with a deeper understanding of Monarchs and their ecological importance. 

Crafts & Activities


Stay active with a butterfly hike, interactive kid's games, face painting, seed bombs, native plant displays, and more! While you're here, check out the museum-quality interactive displays in the Visitor Center. 

Local Vendors


You won't want to miss our lineup of booths from local shops, artisans, and conservation groups. Also in attendance will be local musicians Hawk Mountain & Collin Cheek, and local food truck Here's the Deal.
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