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University of Illinois Extension
3022 W Jackson
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: 309-837-3939
FAX: 309-833-3019

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Program Coordinator, Hort
University of Illinois Extension
180 S Soangetaha Rd, Ste 108
Galesburg, IL 61401-5595
Phone: 3093425108
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Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners

Monarch Migration Festival

Each year, our Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists come together with the City of Galesburg, Pheasants Forever, Knox County Farm Bureau, Simply Native Nursery and other community stakeholders to educate and celebrate the magnificent Monarch in Galesburg Illinois. Each year the festival grows and improves. We are really looking forward to the 2018 Monarch Migration Festival which will be held at Lakeside Recreation Facility / Nature Center on Saturday, September 8th. The event is free and open to all! 

We are in the early stages of planning the 2018 event, so stay tuned for developments. If you would like to help with planning, please attend our planning meetings the third Wednesday of the month starting again in January. Meetings are located at the Lakeside Recreational Facility in Galesburg at 5:30 p.m. If you have questions, please call Amanda at 309-342-5108 or email her at

See below for a description of last year's event:

You will discover the life cycle stages of Monarch Butterflies by seeing real live butterflies as eggs, caterpillars & chrysalis. You will have the opportunity to adopt a tagged Monarch Butterfly or create your own symbolic migration butterflies to send to Mexico. We will have information on other pollinators including honey bees and offer a talk about beekeeping. Learn about nectar sources and the steps to building your own pollinator garden, Monarch Waystation, or CP-42 pollinator habitat. Get there early to get your free native plant, available only to the first 50 attendees. You will also have the opportunity to purchase native plants. Conservation experts will host tables and take any questions you may have. We also feature lots of activities for kids, from pollinator jeopardy to a butterfly parade. Enjoy vendors, music, food, crafts, talks, and butterflies. This day is sure to have something for everyone!

This year we also are offering activities and talks every half hour. 

10 a.m. – Story Time in the Garden – Galesburg Public Library Staff
10:30 a.m. – Meadows of Wildflowers with CP 42 – Scott James
11 a.m. - Story Time in the Garden – Galesburg Public Library Staff
11:30 a.m. – Steps to Building Your Pollinator Garden – Chris Enroth
12 p.m. – All About Beekeeping – Glen Scott
12:30 p.m. – Trees 4 Pollinators - Peter Schwartzman
1 p.m. - Story Time in the Garden – Galesburg Public Library Staff
1:30 p.m. – Prairie Plant Identification - Master Naturalists
2 p.m. – Milkweed Collection 
2:30 p.m. - Butterfly Parade
3 p.m. – Monarch Butterfly Release