Events & programs

monarch festival 2021

Sunday, September 12, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm

Monarch Festival will be held Sunday, September 12, from 12-5 p.m. at Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve barn, 6801 Engle Road, Fort Wayne. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

“Our goal for the Monarch Festival is to help people learn about these butterflies, have fun along the way, and understand how they can help in conserving their habitat,” said Amy Silva, LRWP Executive Director.

Highlighting monarchs’ lifecycle and their incredible transformation, the Monarch Festival includes a variety of programs and activities:

-Displays of live monarchs at different stages of their life cycle, from caterpillars to adults

-Monarch butterfly tagging prior to release

-Educational presentations, learning stations and hands-on activities for all ages

-Hikes on interpretive trails lined with tall native wildflowers to watch these iconic butterflies nectaring or roosting almost close enough to touch

-Plant giveaways – visitors will be offered varieties of milkweed, the only plant on which monarchs lay their eggs, to plant either at Eagle Marsh or take home

-Farmer’s market, offering pollinator-friendly products such as local honey and native plants

-Local partners will be available to discuss projects happening locally to help our native pollinators


General event parking will be along Engle Road (which will be closed) directly in front of Eagle Marsh. You will take a quarter mile migration walk to reach the event from the parking area.

Accessible parking will be by the barn/event area. Follow signage and direction from parking attendants. 


Our event will be part of Visit Fort Wayne's "Be A Tourist In Your Own Hometown" event. Be sure to bring your passport to get your stamp if you're participating in other 'tourist' events that day.

We would like to extend a special thank you to 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, NIPSCO/The NiSource Charitable Foundation and Whittle Strategic Accounting for financially enabling us to have this pollinator celebration!