Who doesn’t love running around in a sunny field with a butterfly net? Eastern Monarchs migrate en masse to Mexico every year for the winter, and we would like to learn more about their migration and population status by tagging them. This free educational program engages participants in monarch natural history, community science, identification of local butterflies, and connection to place in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Why it Matters: Tagging monarchs helps us uncover where our Tennessee monarchs overwinter, survival rates along the journey, the timing of the migration, and if these and other natural history events will change with changes in climate, land use, and other factors. These beautiful and fascinating insects are threatened, and attending this educational program helps our community come together to learn how to protect these and other pollinator species in our local ecosystem and beyond.
Age Group: Any age. Children under 18 need an adult guardian in attendance.
Seasonality: Annually each fall. Dates are published in early September.