Waggle your way to the Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival

Help raise awareness and appreciation for all the pollinators that ensure and enhance our food (and flower) supply.

Waggling has been a popular activity at the Monarch Butterfly & Pollinator Festival for many years. What? You’ve never waggled?

Here’s your chance to perform this pollinator prance at Brackenridge Park, Saturday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the event that celebrates these winged wonders!

The goal of the festival is to raise awareness and appreciation for all the pollinators including butterflies, bees, birds, and bats, that ensure and enhance our food supply and strengthen the ecosystem bonds within our planet.

The zoo’s train — decked out in monarch caterpillar colors — will depart the station promptly at 10 a.m. and zigzag through the park like a colossal caterpillar. All aboard!

There will also be monarch tagging demonstrations, a people’s pollinator procession — you can dress up as your favorite pollinator — and educational booths with information and action-oriented activities like pledging to become a pollinator habitat. This year’s goal is 1,000 gardens!

SAWS conservation staff will be there offering landscape and water-saving information. We’ll also give away a free plant to each adult visitor, while supplies last.

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Mark Peterson
Mark A. Peterson was a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System before retiring. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you're likely to find him hiking San Antonio's wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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