September is Monarch season, and Geauga Park District is pleased to present programs helping you connect with this incredible insect on its long journey to overwintering grounds in Mexico!
At Monarchs and Meadow Insects, a park naturalist will provide an overview of some of the meadow insects at 12:30 p.m., followed by netting in surrounding fields from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Drop in anytime to Frohring Meadows on Sunday, September 10th, and to Orchard Hills Park on Sunday, September 17th, for a series of awesome encounters, realizing all along that each Monarch you see is making the longest migration of any insect on Earth.
Activities will include netting and tagging live Monarchs in the field, playing an exciting “life-sized board game” dramatizing the hazards of such a long migration, and catching a variety of other butterflies, grasshoppers and insects that call these meadows home.
Nets will be provided, or you may bring your own. We highly recommend sun protection, socks, hats and long pants for traversing the fields. Registration is not required; please call 440-286-9516 with questions.
Also, a special Senior Day: Monarch Migration for our more experienced Nature-lovers is also scheduled at Orchard Hills Park on Thursday, September 14th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.. Seniors may register now at Geauga Park District or 440-286-9516 for a pancake breakfast, followed by Monarch education and tagging if conditions are right. Tours of the trail will also be given on the EZ Go Cart.
Activities will be partially wheelchair accessible. Senior Days are a collaboration with the Geauga Department on Aging and University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center.
For more on Geauga Park District offerings, please call 440-286-9516 or us online at Geauga Park District, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.