As monarch butterflies gather across the U.S. during September and begin their annual flight toward Mexico, a series of pollinator education events are planned featuring our Monarch travelers. Across Western North Carolina we will see them flitting about during the course of their southbound migration. Hendersonville Bee City USA is sponsoring the programs at various locations.
Pollinator Workshop: Monarchs, Milkweed & More!
Tuesday, September 10, 6 – 7:30 PM
Presented by: Sow True Seed (https://sowtrueseed.com) and Milkweed Meadows Farm (Fruitland, NC)
As part of Sow True Seed's 2019 Educational Series, Milkweed Meadows Farm presents a workshop on the life cycle and habitat needs of monarch butterflies. Learn about the unique flower structure of milkweeds, identify native milkweed species in western NC, see milkweed seed harvesting and propagating methods, and discover other species in the milkweed community.
Location: Sow True Seed, 243 Haywood St, Asheville
Audience Served: Adults
Cost: $10 class - includes a milkweed plant and a choice of flower seed packet. $5 of each ticket will be donated to the “Bring the Hive Alive!” initiative to raise awareness of pollinators by painting a bee mural in downtown Hendersonville.
Registration: Registering at the event link below.
Event Link: https://sowtrueseed.com/collections/events
Planting for Pollinators (Henderson County Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting. Open to the Public)
Monday, September 16, 7 – 9 PM
Presented by: Henderson County Beekeepers Association (http://hcbeekeepers.org/) and Bee City USA – Hendersonville (https://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/bee-city)
During the program portion of the meeting, Bee City USA – Hendersonville Coordinator Kim Bailey, will show how to create gardens to meet the habitat needs of honey bees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Using native and locally suited plants as examples, Kim will discuss specific characteristics (shape, structure, color, odor, bloom time, nectar composition, pollen traits, etc.) of flowers adapted to attract particular types of pollinators. Also learn how to support pollinators year-round and throughout their various life stages by planting host plants for local butterfly species including monarchs, swallowtails, and fritillaries; creating nesting sites for native bees; and providing overwintering habitats.
Location: Henderson County Center, NC Cooperative Extension, 100 Jackson Park Rd, Hendersonville
Audience Served: All ages
Registration: None required
Event Link: http://hcbeekeepers.org/hcba-calendar-of-events/
Monarch Butterfly Day
Saturday, September 28, 10 AM – 4 PM
Presented by: The North Carolina Arboretum (https://www.ncarboretum.org/)
Millions of monarch butterflies travel more than 2,000 miles from across North America to Mexico each fall, where they cluster in about a dozen small areas. Unfortunately, the monarch population declined from 556 million in 2004 to a historic low of 33.5 million in 2014. This is due to the butterflies’ dramatic loss of habitat and food sources, including the milkweed plant. As part of a national effort to reverse the decline of monarch butterflies, The North Carolina Arboretum will host its fifth annual Monarch Butterfly Day on Saturday, September 28, inside the Education Center and throughout the gardens. Participants will learn ways to help monarch butterflies, may purchase milkweed plants, can create make-and-take butterfly crafts, and witness monarch butterfly releases.
Location: The North Carolina Arboretum Education Center, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville
Audience Served: All ages
Cost: Free event. Standard Arboretum parking fees apply ($14 per personal vehicle). Parking is free for Arboretum Society members.
Registration: None required
Event Link: https://www.ncarboretum.org/event/monarch-butterfly-day/
Pollinator Exploration Kit (Available for Loan)
Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville (https://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/bee-city)
The kit is available for loan at no charge for educators, teachers, naturalists, gardeners, park rangers, camp counselors, outdoor/environmental educators, home-school parents, childcare professionals, and more! Bee City USA – Hendersonville wants to share the wonder of pollinators with children and their teachers. Appropriate for exploring your backyard, schoolyard, or local park. The Pollinator Exploration Kit includes sets of 12 child-size insect nets, special bug capture bubbles, bug boxes with magnifying lids, and magnifying glasses. Two pop-up insect habitats and two sets of laminated field guides are also included. As available, the kit is available for loan for up to a week.
Location: Kit may be picked up (reservation required) and returned on weekdays from 9 AM - 5 PM at the City of Hendersonville Operations Center, 305 Williams Street, Hendersonville
Audience: Educators of all kinds
Registration: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability and reserve the dates you’d like to borrow the Pollinator Exploration Kit.
Bring the Hive Alive! Downtown Bee Mural Initiative
Presented by: Bee City USA – Hendersonville (https://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/bee-city) Hands On! Children’s Museum (http://handsonwnc.org/) and the community.
Funds are being raised to create a way-larger-than-life-size bee mural on the downtown building of Hands On! Children’s Museum in Hendersonville. The mural will be painted by the nonprofit national organization The Good of the Hive. Bee City USA - Hendersonville is partnering with Hands On! Children’s Museum, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, community members and The Good of the Hive (www.thegoodofthehive.com) to make this happen. Donations are tax-deductible. Donate securely at http://handsonwnc.org/hive or mail checks (payable to HANDS ON!) to 318 North Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792. Bee mural sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Location: The mural will be painted on the Hands On! Building facing the Azalea Parking Lot.
Questions: Email email@example.com or call 828-697-8333 ext.223