“Come Fly With Us” in celebration of the new Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy, Science and Education and the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s 15th Annual Butterfly Festival. The event will be held on Saturday August 8th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Watershed Reserve.

Attendees can explore the new LEED-platinum certified Watershed Center to discover ways we can all make a difference for clean water and a healthy environment. Held on the grounds of the 930-acre Watershed Reserve, the Butterfly Festival has been a popular family event attracting over 2,000 visitors every summer. The event will feature tethered hot air balloon rides over the Watershed Reserve for just $10 per person, (children under 3 ride free but must be accompanied by an adult). Come see music by the “Dadz” and other entertainment on stage, local artisans, delicious food, an insect zoo, hay rides, nature walks, and the famous Butterfly and Bug Parade. (Don’t forget your costume!)

Visitors can also enjoy yoga and hula-hoop demonstrations, a Star Lab, parachute games, bubbles the size of cars, and a magic show. There will be crafts for all ages including paper airplane construction and a quilt square coloring table. Take a picture in our photo booth, or the #BflyFest15 Be-Your-Selfie Spots. Keep cool in the chill tent and play in the H2Olympics.

Enter a free drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card. Raffle tickets will be on sale for the chance to win a hot air balloon ride for four over the beautiful Bucks County countryside. (All proceeds benefit the Watershed Association and help protect clean water and the environment in central New Jersey).

Shuttle parking for the Butterfly Festival is generously provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb across the street from the Watershed Reserve (access from Titus Mill Road). Admission to the Festival is $10 per person or $25 per carload and entry is free for new members signing up at the festival. For discounts, please register online at No smoking or pets are permitted at the festival. Call (609) 737-3735 for handicapped access and service animal permission. Visit to learn more about the festival.

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is dedicated to keeping Central New Jersey’s water clean, safe and healthy. Founded in 1949, the Watershed Association protects and restores water and the natural environment through conservation, advocacy, science and education.

Special thanks to Butterfly Festival corporate sponsors: Bloomberg, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PSE&G, Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty, CMIT Solutions, Eagle Building Maintenance & Janitorial, Jersey Solar LLC., Stellitano Heating and AC, Inc., The Village Learning Center and Mid-Atlantic Water Proofing.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


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