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The 2019 Watershed Butterfly Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on August 3, for a day of family fun that celebrates the joys and wonders of nature.

Tour the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House, where visitors will delight at the locally captured butterflies. Meet the oak tree stilt walker. Enjoy our train ride, animal show, an insect zoo, solar music, arts and crafts, and other entertainment. Learn about how to become a River-Friendly Resident.

Dance to The Ballycastle Band, a local Irish music group, and later in the afternoon listen to the Cosmic Jerry Band, playing favorites from the Grateful Dead. Once you work up an appetite, there will be delicious offerings from Jammin’ Crepes, Empanada Monster, Gyros to Go, Antimo’s Italian Kitchen and other food vendors.

Local arts and crafts vendors, among others, include Krystal Fairy Creations fairy items, custom lockets by Origami Owl Living Lockets, Crystals in Copper jewelry, Shirley Sews dog bandanas, and others.

There will be an Eyes of the Wild exotic animal show, a Butterfly and Bug parade, and a family walk with a Watershed naturalist.

This family-oriented day has grown to be a major regional event, attracting more than 2,000 visitors. Proceeds from this event sustain The Watershed Institute’s work in environmental conservation, advocacy, science, and education. The Watershed Institute is a member-supported non-profit dedicated to protecting and restoring clean water and healthy environments in central New Jersey.

More information is available at https://thewatershed.org/butterfly-festival/

NEW THIS YEAR* – Watershed Members get in FREE!

Family memberships can claim a free carload entry (up to 6 people) when they register online. Students, seniors, and individual members can claim single entry tickets. The discount will apply automatically to your cart at checkout, and you can show us the email receipt for easy entry on August 3.

This press piece was submitted by The Watershed Institute.

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