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.
Come explore the Year of the Butterfly events and join us as we learn more about pollinator-friendly spaces.
- August 1: Parkways for Pollinators, River Forest Sustainability Commission, Families
- August 9: Outdoor Butterfly Story Time, River Forest Public Library, Families
- August 9: Story Garden, River Forest Public Library, Families
- August 10: Live Virtual Story Time, River Forest Public Library, Families
- August 12: Outdoor Butterfly Story Time, River Forest Public Library, Families
- August 12: August 12: Design a Butterfly Garden, River Forest Public Library, Families
- August 14: Learn About Bats & Pollinator Friends with WonderWorks Children’s Museum & Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory, All Ages
- August 21: Insect Pollinator Sketching, Trailside Museum, Adults
- August 28: Raising Monarch Butterflies, Trailside Museum, Families
- September 12: Migrating Monarch Butterfly Festival, Trailside Museum, All Ages
- September 18: Butterfly Gardening and Garden Clean Up Presentation by Stephanie Walquist, West Cook Wild Ones, All Ages