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Butterfly Weekend Coming To Nixon Park

Celebrate butterflies and moths through interactive exhibits and activities during Butterfly Weekend at Nixon County Park on August 1 and 2.

The weekend, presented by the York County Department of Parks and Recreation, will feature a variety of special events and butterfly-17057 1280programming about these incredible creatures. Hours are 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. through 4 p.m. on Sunday. All ages are welcome.

Butterfly StoryWalk: Walk at your own pace through the woods, past the stream to the meadow in search of insects. Follow the posts and pages of a storybook as you walk the 0.5-mile trail. Held all weekend.

Butterfly Survey: Saturday, August 1 from 9 a.m. through 11 a.m. Join a knowledgeable butterfly guide for a hike to count and identify butterfly species. All data will be submitted to the North American Butterfly Association. Please bring a water bottle, binoculars and field guides. Please register for this program.

Insect Hunt: Saturday, August 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, August 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. With the help of a Park naturalist, search for insects in the sensory garden or lie by the stream looking for insects. Borrow a net and bug box to see these critters up close. Free, no registration required.

Lunch with a Caterpillar Expert: Saturday, August 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Have lunch with Penn State Master Gardener Deb Carman and get answers to all of your caterpillar and butterfly questions. Bring a photograph of a butterfly or caterpillar for identification. Take a lunch along for a picnic on the front lawn. Free, no registration required.

Zebras and Tigers and More – Meet our Swallowtails: Saturday, August 1 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Join Penn State Master Gardener Deb Carman and learn how to provide the best habitat for butterflies throughout their entire life cycle and maintain a butterfly garden. You will meet live creatures during this engaging PowerPoint program. Free, no registration required.

Monarchs: Sunday, August 2 from 2:30 p.m. until 4 pm. Citizen-scientist and photographer Kim Frey will do a PowerPoint presentation on the amazing life of Monarch butterflies. Also learn how to become involved with citizen science. The program costs $5, which includes a milkweed plant and seeds. Registration required.

For more information, call the Nixon County Park Nature Center at (717) 428-1961.

For more programs, go to www.yorkcountyparks.org. 

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