Music & Monarchs

Music & Monarchs is free and open to the public, and donations are welcome

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Music & Monarchs 2018
Make plans to come celebrate with us on the banks of the Turkey River in Elkader, Iowa May 11th 2019. A free
concert Saturday afternoon from 12-5 PM in Founders Park.

Friday, May 10th Fundraiser Kickoff Concert
Deb’s Brewtopia, Elkader, IA 

Deb’s Craft beer will be on tap!

6:30pm Social Hour
7:30p.m – 9:30 PM Fundraising Kickoff Concert
 Proceeds support Clayton County CAN 

Saturday, May 11th 5th Annual Music & Monarch’s Festival
On the banks of the Turkey River, Founders Park, Elkader

Activities, Exhibits & Vendors
Open Noon – 4pm
Awareness Stage Speakers
1:15-1:45 Monarch Consortium
How do monarch butterflies sense habitat and nectar plants? What should you consider when planning your backyard pollinator garden to have the largest impact? What’s the trick to getting milkweed seed to germinate and why should you use seed collected from your local area? Erika Ibarra-Garibay and Alex Mullins from the Monarch Consortium will answer all these questions and more!
3-3:30  Sondra Cabell from Buchanan County Conservation Travel to Mexico with Sondra to the wintering grounds of the monarch butterfly and then north, following the path of their incredible, international, multi-generational migration. Learn about tools to track the migration and report your own monarch sightings.
Conservation Awareness Award Ceremony


Noon-1:15 Big Blue Sky
2-3 & 3:45-5 Kindred Minds

Family & Kids Activities
Make seed balls with pollinator habitat seeds
Caterpillar play puppet made by Margaret Stone
Driftless Area Wetland Center – Explore a Rotting Log!
Milkweed seed pod piñata
Face painting by Virginia Saeugling
Henna by Jenna
Paint a larger-than-life butterfly
Kids’ snack activity with FoodCorps Service members
Iowa State Extension & Outreach and Master Gardners; FREE SEEDS from Seed Savers Exchange
Clayton County Conservation Board
Silent Auction fundraiser for CCCAN of larger than life butterflies painted by local artists
Milkweed and pollinator plants to take home
Iowa State University: Prairie STRIPS
Sustainable Iowa Land Trust: Land Protection and Food Farming Coalition
Clayton County Energy District: Locally Owned Energy = Strong Communities; LED Bulb exchange
Monarch Migration, Tagging and Life Cycles with Jim Langhus
Turkey River Recreational Corridor
Practical Farmers of Iowa: Equipping Farmers to Build Resilient Farms and Communities

Food & Beverage
Schera’s Algerian American Restaurant
Free Butterfly Cookies from Pedretti’s Bakery

Read More about the Plight of the Monarch

Come celebrate the monarch butterfly, conservation awareness, music and community.
Learn about 
the plight of the Monarch and what each of us can do to enhance critical habitat for a more diverse and healthy landscape.

Bring Your Own: Picnic, Beverages, Refillable H2O bottle & Chairs ~Culligan Water Fill Station will be provided

Hosted by the Clayton County Conservation Awareness Network.

The event will draw attention to the habitat needs of the rapidly declining monarch butterfly population and what each of us can do to help this and other species by restoring critical habitat. Free milkweed plants, the host plant of the monarch, will be available.

Become Music & Monarchs Festival Supporter!

Music & Monarchs is not possible without the support of our GENEROUS Sponsors

Clayton County CAN members and friends and Music & Monarch lovers,  please consider supporting the Music & Monarch Festival. Here is a list of sponsorship levels and the corresponding benefits:

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Use of Supporting Funds:
Cover Music & Monarchs event expenses
Promote awareness of the plight of the monarch and habitat loss in Clayton County
Promote habitat restoration and conservation efforts throughout Clayton County