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Posted on: June 20, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Butterfly Festival returns to Springfield Botanical Gardens Sat., June 24


Celebrate butterflies and other pollinators at the 9th Annual Butterfly Festival, Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield.

This free family-friendly event combines fun with learning. The Greene County Master Gardeners, through their signature “Young Sprouts in the Garden” program, provide learning stations about butterflies, caterpillars — including the popular Caterpillar Petting Zoo — bees, soil, ladybugs, flowers and gardening. The festival also includes vendors selling plants and garden items, booths, raffles, face painting, tie-dying t-shirts and a full schedule of kid-friendly activities, including:

9 a.m.                                       Bee Good to our Pollinators Workshop

9:30 a.m.                                 Strolling Butterfly Magic by the Fishin’ Magicians

9:30 a.m.                                 Story Time with the Springfield-Greene County Library District

10 a.m.                                    Butterfly Magic Show by the Fishin’ Magicians

10 a.m.                                    Concert with the Conservatory of the Ozarks

10 a.m.-7 p.m.                       Free admission to Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden

11 a.m.                                    Children’s pollinator costume contest (Butterfly, Caterpillar and Other Pollinator categories) followed by parade (for kids 10 and under, register by 10:45 a.m.)

12 p.m.                                    Strolling Butterfly Magic by the Fishin’ Magicians

12:15 p.m.                             Counting Butterflies on the Prairie, with Missouri Prairie Foundation

1 p.m.                                      Butterfly Magic Show by the Fishin’ Magicians

2:15 p.m.                                Story Time with the Springfield-Greene County Library District


Tours are available throughout the festival at the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House, the Daylily Garden, Gray-Campbell Farmstead and Liberty Schoolhouse. A complete of events schedule is at

The Butterfly Festival is held rain or shine, with activities indoors at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, and outside throughout the park.

After the festival, stick around for free concerts at the Peace Through People Pavilion: the Conservatory of the Ozarks at 6 p.m., and The Shortleaf Band featuring Dave Wilson at 7:30. Bring your own lawn chair. Donations are welcome for a project to enhance access to the Kickapoo Edge Prairie.

The Butterfly Festival is presented by Friends of the Garden, the Greene County Master Gardeners and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, with the assistance of numerous partners and sponsors.

For more information, visit or call the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at 417-891-1515.

For media inquiries, contact Lisa Bakerink, Executive Director of Friends of the Garden, at 417-874-2952; or Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (office) or 417-224-5510 (mobile) or email Jenny Edwards.

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