Fourth Annual Newton Monarch Festival

Fourth Annual Newton Monarch Festival


Saturday, 09/14/2024    
9:00 am - 11:30 am


Wellington Park
Kilburn Road, Newton, MA

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Save the date for the free  Fourth Annual Newton Monarch Festival on Saturday, September 14 from 9 am – 11:30 am  (rain date, September 15) in Wellington Park, West Newton (entrances on Kilburn Road and Princess Road).   This event is sponsored by Newton Conservators, Newton Parks Recreation and Culture Department, Newton Community Pollinator Project,  and Friends of Wellington Park.  Watch for more details over the summer.

We will have:

  • Butterfly Oriented Kids Games, Activities, and Crafts
  • Native milkweed seed and plant exchange
  • Butterfly Garden Tours
  • Monarchs in different stages – egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly
  • Butterfly release
  • Butterfly Related Prizes

Kids have a natural fascination with nature and butterflies and will enjoy seeing the live caterpillars, the chrysalis stage, and some just emerged adult Monarchs which will be tagged and released.  We will have a variety of butterfly themed games,  arts & craft projects, activities, and coloring sheets courtesy of Newton Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department.

If you have milkweed plants, seeds, or seed pods  to share please bring them along to our Exchange table. Please label seeds (in small bags or envelopes) and plants according to the type of milkweed. We will provide a general sheet with planting instructions and guidelines.  Monarchs rely on milkweed for their survival (for laying eggs and as food for their caterpillar stage.)  Tour the local gardens with native milkweed and other pollinator plants.  Meet and learn from local Monarch experts – those who maintain official Monarch Waystations and who raise Monarchs free from predators for release using very simple supplies.

Wellington Park Monarch GardenDIRECTIONS AND PARKING

Wellington Park is located in West Newton  a few blocks  north of West Newton Square.  It is not directly located on any major streets.  There are two entrances to the park – on Kilburn Road and another on Princess Road (near Princess and Lindbergh Ave).   It should be noted that parking is only permitted on the southbound side of Kilburn Road since it is relatively narrow.   Henshaw Street, Henshaw Place and Henshaw Terrace, Lindbergh Avenue,  Southgate Park, Northgate Park, and Byrd Ave are all nearby streets where you can find on-street parking.  These other streets in the neighborhood do not have parking restrictions but it would be courteous to neighbors to park on the same side as you see most other cars.