Watershed Celebrates 18th Annual Butterfly Festival

    More than 3,000 visitors are expected at the 18th annual Butterfly Festival at The Watershed Institute.  The event, held on the 950-acre Watershed Center in Pennington, New Jersey is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10am-4pm.

    The Butterfly Festival is the Watershed’s largest annual educational event. The day focuses on the importance of maintaining the delicate balance between humans and the natural world. This family-oriented day has grown to be a major regional event, attracting more than 3,000 visitors.

    The Butterfly Festival welcomes visitors every summer to tour the Kate Gorrie Butterfly house, explore the insect zoo and meet butterfly stilt walkers. The festival also features the Kwel’ Hoy totem pole and exhibit, on display by the Natural History Museum and the House of Tears Carvers. The traveling display draws a line against fossil fuel development at the Watershed with the help of indigenous nations, local activists, and citizen scientists.

    Explore the creatures and critters, attend an author’s book reading or participate in a local water tasting contest inside The Watershed Center.

    Rides on an electric train, the Watershed Express, to travel to the back field for lawn games and solar-powered music. There will also be a butterfly and bug parade, hay rides, nature walks, crafts, playing with giant bubble and balls, and hula hooping with glitter-hoops. There will be food trucks, vendors with environmental and outdoor equipment, and live music with the Ballycastle Band and Cosmic Jerry.

    The Watershed Institute extends thanks to Butterfly Festival’s major corporate sponsors: Bloomberg, Bristol-Myers Squibb, PSE&G, NRG Energy.

    For more information and tickets, please visit www.thewatershed.org.

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