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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

Stony Kill Hosts Annual Butterfly Festival: Educational, Recreational Activities August 6

Butterfly Tent

Stony Kill Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to developing environmental, educational and historical interpretive and outdoor recreation programs and events, will host its annual Butterfly Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., August 6, at Stony Kill Farm, located at 79 Farmstead Lane in Wappingers Falls. The rain date is August 7.

The Butterfly Festival is the foundation’s biggest annual event, drawing almost 2,000 visitors last year. The festivities are located in a field near the farm’s Manor House, and admittance and parking are free. At the Monarch Education Table, guests can view and learn about the four stages of the butterfly. The festival’s biggest draw is the butterfly tent, which will be filled with Monarch and Swallowtail butterflies and will include a second tent to accommodate visitors. Master gardeners will be nearby in Verplanck Memorial Garden, educating and answering questions about the perennials planted there.

Children’s activities will include face painting, a Hula-Hoop demonstration and instruction, free crafts, and storytelling at the hay bale circle. Visitors can purchase houseplants, handmade bluebird houses and handmade crafts at the greenhouse table and gift shop, and they can stop by the concession stand for a bite to eat or enjoy a slice of watermelon. Local vendors, crafters and nonprofits will also be on hand, selling their wares and educating the public. Proceeds from sales at the gift shop, concession stand and plant sale will benefit the care of Stony Kill’s livestock.

For more information, contact Stacey Lynch Adnams at 845.831.3800 or [email protected].