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Flight of the Monarch Day

August 21 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Flight of the Monarch Day
at the McMichael

Saturday, August 21, 2021

9:30 am to 2 pm

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Come celebrate one of North America’s most cherished insects!

On Saturday, August 21, we invite you to spend the day at the McMichael for Flight of the Monarch Day, a festival celebrating the beauty and contributions of the monarch butterfly! Visitors including families with children of all ages can choose to participate in a number of art- and nature-themed activities throughout the day including interpretive hikes and plant workshops.

Please note that all activities related to Flight of the Monarch Day will take place outdoors on the grounds of the McMichael. Pre-registration for all activities is required. While all activities are free of charge, parking fees ($7/vehicle) are in effect.

Native Plants Workshop with Lynn Short

10:30 am, 12 and 1:30 pm

Join Lynn Short from the Humber College Horticulture Science department and explore the Minokamik Garden. Lynn will explain the properties of the plant species found in this new green space, as well as the activities of the pollinator friends who visit the garden often and help it thrive!

Outdoor Interpretive Hikes

9:30, 10:45 am and 1 pm

Join a McMichael Educator on an outdoor stroll around the McMichael’s grounds. Participants will learn about some of the iconic outdoor artworks and gain insight into the history of the Gallery’s native plant and green space revitalization projects.

Monarch Explorations with Will from the TRCA

10 am to 2 pm

On Saturday, August 21, drop in at the Minokamik Garden and learn about the majestic monarch butterfly! Hosted by Will, a representative of the TRCA, participants will discover how a caterpillar’s diet ensures the entire species survival, how caterpillars transform into butterflies, and how they alter their biology to prepare for long migrations. You’ll have the opportunity to see specimens of eggs and caterpillars under the microscope, and to participate in fun arts and crafts activities! This August 21, come out and feel the flutter!


Schedule of events

Program Time(s) Location
Native Plants Workshop with Lynn Short 10:30 am, 12 and 1:30 pm Minokamik Garden
Outdoor Interpretive Hikes 9:30, 10:45 am and 1 pm McMichael sign

Safety measures

During the workshops and outdoor hikes, we kindly remind all participants to practice social distancing where possible. Please note that face masks are recommended outdoors wherever physical distancing cannot be maintained.

This program is offered in partnership with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.


August 21
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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10365 Islington Ave
Kleinburg, Ontario L0J1C0 Canada
1(905) 893-1121


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