Saturday, September 9 from 9 am – 11 am. Wellington Park, West Newton (entrances on Kilburn Rd. and Princess Rd.).

Come and learn about local efforts to help the endangered Monarch butterfly at the Third Annual Newton Monarch Festival. which will feature local efforts to help the Monarchs. It’s a day with lot’s of engaging activities for the family:

  • Butterfly Oriented Kids Games, Activities, and Crafts
  • Native milkweed seed and plant exchange
  • Setting up a Monarch Waystation
  • Pollinator Garden Tours
  • Live Monarchs at various stages from caterpillar to butterfly
  • How to Raise Monarchs
  • Monarch Tagging demonstration
  • Butterfly releases
  • Free Drawing for Butterfly Related Prizes

This free event is sponsored by the  Newton ConservatorsNewton Parks Recreation and Culture Department, Green Newton, and Friends of Wellington Park. Visit Newton Conservators’ Monarch and Milkweed webpage to find links to other Monarch and Milkweed information.

If you have milkweed seeds or plants to share, please bring them along – labeling would be most helpful. Perhaps you’d like to hand out information or register attendees or help with crafts and games? If you have any caterpillars, consider bringing them to show. If you have newly hatched monarchs, consider bringing them for release at the festival. If you donate a prize for our giveaway drawing at the end of the festival or would like to volunteer, email Ted Kuklinski at


Wellington Park is located in West Newton not far from West Newton Square. There are two entrances to the park – on Kilburn Rd. and on Princess Rd. (near Princess and Lindbergh Ave). Parking is only permitted on the southbound side of Kilburn Rd. Also, Henshaw St., Henshaw Place and Henshaw Terrace, Lindbergh Ave., Southgate Park, Northgate Park, and Byrd Ave. are nearby streets that offer on-street parking. These other streets do not have parking restrictions but it would be courteous to neighbors to park on the same side as you see most other cars.

The rain date will be Sunday, September 10, from 9-11am. In case of rain, check the Newton Conservators website for updates.