New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May will host an event to bring awareness to the plight of the monarch butterfly in the region Sunday, Oct. 8.
Held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the location’s first-ever Monarch Festival includes crafts, games, tours, workshops, butterfly tagging demonstrations, a food and beer garden, live music and much more.
Monarch Butterfly Migration Cape May Point
The fall migration of Monarch butterflies through Southern New Jersey is underway, with hundreds of the royal flutterers feasting on seaside goldenrod and other flowering plants along the dunes of Cape May Point, before continuing their journey across the Delaware Bay and to eventually to Mexico. The migration should continue over the next couple of weeks.
Drinks for adults will be available through Belleview Winery, La Dona Mexican Restaurant and Kramer Beverage. To recognize the butterflies’ travels to Mexico, the vendors will offer beers by Corona, Dos Equis and Modelo.
Crafts for the day include kite-making and decorating; the kites will later be featured in a Migration Parade down Delaware Avenue. In addition to crafts, there will be face painting, tie-dyeing and more.
Head inside the Nature Center at 3 p.m. to check out the exhibit Create Today, featuring paintings created that day on the premises by local artists. A portion of the artwork sold will go to the Good Neighbor Fund, which provides summer camp scholarships for Coast Guard families.
All festivities will take place on the grounds of the Nature Center, located at 1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May. Call 609-427-3045.