Saturday, October 27, 10am – 4pm

This annual event at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge celebrates the migration of the Monarch butterfly, with tours, butterfly tagging demonstrations, presentations, live butterfly garden, butterfly plant sale, crafts, exhibits and more. The event runs from 10 AM to 4 PM. Call 850.925.6121 for more information or view the event flyer here or visit the website.

My family and I have gone to this for the past several years.  TallyKid even made a book about monarch butterflies and their growth and migration process after becoming so intrigued with them a few years back because of this event.

Everywhere you walk, you’ll see 100’s of butterflies around you….so many that they may even land on your head or hand momentarily.  It’s a breathtakingly beautiful sight, no to be missed, and so fun for the kids too.  Bring your cameras!

You may want to stop at the Environmental Education Center (“Nature’s Classroom”) first to pick up information about the days events, before heading down to the coast/lighthouse. Fall is in the air and so are the migrating monarch butterflies, making their 2,000 mile trip from the northern American boundary to the mountains of central Mexico. This amazing phenomenon passes through the Gulf coast of Florida beginning about the third week in October, and may be observed along the coast at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. This event is filled with the wonder of folks of all ages charting their own “migration,” making butterfly crafts, talking with monarch butterfly researchers and other exhibitors, learning about landscaping to help all pollinators, photo booth, munching on a Bradley’s sausage dog, taking tours and much more!

All programs are free after refuge entry fee of $5 per car.