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University of Illinois Extension serving Henderson, Knox, McDonough and Warren Counties

Knox County
180 S Soangetaha Rd, Ste 108
Galesburg, IL 61401
Phone: 309-342-5108
FAX: 309-342-1768
Hours: Hours: Monday - Friday 8a.m. to 4:30p.m. (Closed noon - 1 pm)

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 2019 Monarch Migration Festival which will be held at Lakeside Recreation Facility / Nature Center on Saturday, September 7th. The event is free and open to all! 

If you would like to help with planning, please attend our planning meetings the second Wednesday of the month. Meetings are located at the Lakeside Recreational Facility in Galesburg at 5:00 p.m. If you have questions or would like to be a vendor, please call Chris at 309-837-3939 or email him at

If you are interested in following our community of monarch advocates on Facebook; follow Monarch Waystation Capital of Illinois, join the Friends of the Monarch Migration Festival, and attend our other special events

Come to the Monarch Migration Festival September 7, 2019

Here is the description for our festival in 2018:

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. 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. Conserve Wildlife and Soil with CRP by Kara Downin

10:30 a.m. Become a Master Volunteer by Amanda Christenson

11 a.m. Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve & WING by Martin Reichel 

11:30 a.m. Beekeeping 101 with Rick Dorazil * Newly added! 

12 p.m. Story Time in the Garden by a Galesburg Librarian

12:30 p.m. Monarch Waystation Plant ID by Master Naturalists

1 p.m. Story Time in the Garden by a Galesburg Librarian

1:30 p.m. Raising Monarchs 101 by BJ Kochersperger & Roxanne Green 

2 p.m. Story Time in the Garden by a Galesburg Librarian

2:30 p.m. Butterfly Costume Parade

3 p.m. Monarch Butterfly Release