The Missouri Department of Conservation is partnering with several partner organizations to host “Monarch Mania,” an early celebration of National Pollinator Week June 9 at Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.
This educational, family-friendly event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on activities for all ages, such as educational sessions, guided trail hikes, painting, games, crafts and scavenger hunts.
“Monarchs are a poster child for several species of pollinators in Missouri, including 450 native species of bees,” said Brent Vandeloecht, MDC Private Land Agriculture liaison. “That’s important to everyone, because one out of three mouthfuls of food is directly attributed to the work of our pollinator species.”
Staff and volunteers from the nature center, as well as various governmental and non-governmental organizations will present information on what these butterflies and other pollinators do for people, and how Missourians can help them survive.
“Missouri is a key state in restoring the habitat needed by monarchs and pollinators to help rebound their populations,” said Donnamarie Duffin with the group Missourians for Monarchs.
This event is free and open to the public. All ages are invited to participate. No registration is needed.
Runge Conservation Nature Center is located at 330 Commerce Drive in Jefferson City. For more information about the event, call the nature center at 573.526.5544 or visit nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/places/runge-conservation-nature-center.