There has been a lot of publicity lately about Monarchs with their recent classification as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. There have been estimates that the population of monarch butterflies in the eastern United States has declined between 85-95% since the 1990s.

Come join the Second Annual Monarch Festival on Saturday, September 17 from 9-11 am in Wellington Park (Kilburn Road, West Newton). Sponsored by Newton Conservators; Newton Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department; and the Friends of Wellington Park, this event brings together local Monarch raisers and hosts of Monarch way stations together with members of the public for a day of learning.

The Monarch Festival will feature:

  • butterfly oriented kids activities and crafts
  • a native milkweed seed and plant exchange
  • pollinator garden tours
  • live Monarchs at various stages from caterpillar to butterfly
  • a Monarch tagging demonstration
  • a butterfly release

If you have milkweed plants, seeds, or seed pods to share please bring them along to the Exchange Table. Please label seeds and plants according to the type of milkweed. Newton Conservators will provide a sheet with planting instructions and guidelines.

Join this free festival to learn how you can help the recently endangered Monarch Butterfly. For more information contact Ted Kuklinski from the Newton Conservators at

You can download a PDF of the Newton Monarch Festival 2022 Flyer, and visit the Newton Conservators Monarch and Milkweed web page for links to more Monarch and Milkweed information.

Go to the Newton Conservators website to learn about more upcoming events.