We are all ready for some hope, and butterflies symbolize hope and renewal. By working together, we want to spark hopeful action through activities, engagement, and education.

Inspired and guided by the Illinois Monarch Project, the Year of the Butterfly is an effort of local organizations cooperating to bring awareness to our community about how to support a healthy habitat for butterflies and other pollinators. Throughout the summer various groups will provide activities for families, lectures for adults, book recommendations, and plant sales.  All will help to inform residents about butterflies, especially monarchs, some of the dangers they face, and what can be done to help. 

West Cook Wild Ones, Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, and Interfaith Green Network thank everyone who has joined in this effort to bring the Year of the Butterfly to Life. 

Come explore the Year of the Butterfly events and join us as we learn more about pollinator-friendly spaces. 

April

  • Ongoing: Year of the Butterfly Instagram, The Brooks Earth Action Team, All Ages 
  • Ongoing: Year of the Butterfly Month by Month Resources, The Brooks Earth Action Team, All Ages
  • Ongoing: West Cook Wild Ones Pre-Order Native Plant Sale (Pick-up June 3-5)
  • April 1- 30: All About Milkweed and How to Grow It, Ascension Catholic Church Parishioners, All Ages
  • April 15: Learn & Grow Plant Dividing, Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, Adults
  • April 22: Discovery Kit Bookbag, Oak Park Public Library, Families
  • April 25: Monarch Butterfly Lecture, Fair Oaks Presbyterian Church, Adults

May 

  • May 1: Milkweed Seed Giveaway, River Forest Public Library, All Ages
  • May 5: Virtual Butterfly Storytime, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages
  • May 6: Monarch Thursdays, Trailside Museum, All Ages
  • May 7: Mcdonald Farm Visit, Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest, Adults
  • May 12: Virtual Butterfly Storytime, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages
  • May 12: Virtual Butterfly Gardening Program, Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest, Adults
  • May 13: Monarch Thursdays, Trailside Museum, All Ages
  • May 16:  Monarch Conservation and the Illinois Monarch Project, West Cook Wild Ones, Teens & Adults
  • May 19: Virtual Butterfly Storytime, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages
  • May 19: Milkweed Map, Oak Park and River Forest High School Environmental Club, All Ages
  • May 20: Monarch Thursdays, Trailside Museum, All Ages
  • May 22: Seed Giveaway at Oak Park Farmers Market, Garden Club of Oak Park and River Forest, Families
  • May 26: Virtual Butterfly Storytime, Oak Park Public Library, All Ages
  • May 27: Monarch Thursdays, Trailside Museum, All Ages

June

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September