You’ve likely seen a monarch butterfly and heard about their plight. Could they become extinct? Learn about their journey to Mexico and the recent research regarding this species which relies exclusively on milkweed as food for growing caterpillars. You will also learn about the significance of the monarch in Mexican culture. We will discuss how you can play a vital role in increasing the numbers of monarch butterflies by participating in citizen science projects. After the classroom portion of the presentation, we will explore the gardens to search for monarchs, eggs and caterpillars.
Celeste Estevez has been an educator for 28 years. She is an avid gardener, hiker, photographer and most recently has created backyard habitats to support pollinators. Her monarch expertise began in 2008 when she attended a workshop presented by the Monarch Teacher Network. She immediately began sharing the wonder of monarchs with her students. Each year she raises caterpillars and releases butterflies in the hopes that they will successfully complete their journey to Mexico.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA), Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks, and Friends of Goodwin Forest.
The James L. Goodwin Forest and Conservation Center were gifts to the people of Connecticut from James L. Goodwin, one of America's first professional foresters and a long-time CFPA Board Member. The Center is jointly managed by the Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) and the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) Division of Parks. For more information, select here.