Where can you see an insect zoo and butterfly exhibits showcasing more than 20 species of native New Jersey butterflies, learn new and innovative ways to protect clean water and the environment, and enjoy great food, music and activities for the whole family? At the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s 13th Annual Butterfly Festival, of course! The festival will be held on Saturday, August 10th from 10 AM to 4 PM at the 930-acre Watershed Reserve in Hopewell Township, NJ.
Attendees can explore four family-friendly “Enviro-Zones” by using their Butterfly Festival Passport (available at Admission) and discover the ways in which the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s new environmental center plans to model responsible technologies to help restore the environment and educate our community.
This year, the Butterfly Festival will feature Grammy nominated Miss Amy, an American musical fitness entertainer who encourages families to engage in physical activity. Miss Amy was awarded the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award through her musical “Fitness Rock & Roll” concerts. Shows will be held at 10:30 and 11:30. The Dadz, a rock ‘n roll band playing a diversity of music that spans the 50′s to the current era will perform in the afternoon. Returning this year is the “Bag Monster” who visually shows the impact single-use plastic bags have on our environment.
New this year is our 3-zone Chill Tent, sponsored by Community Energy Inc. and Arctic Ice, that will demonstrate old-fashioned, energy-efficient ways to keep cool using mist and ice. There will also be hayrides, insect safaris, and local food and artisans. Our temporary Butterfly holding tent will give children a chance to examine native species of butterflies close up, while our beloved Kate Gorrie Butterfly House undergoes its own transformation. Children can also take part in our Butterfly & Bug Costume Parade. Sign up at the festival’s Membership booth upon entry. The parade will begin at the Main Stage at 12:30 and at 3:00 PM.
Shuttle parking for the Butterfly Festival is generously provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb across the street from the Watershed Reserve (access from Titus Mill Road). Admission to the Festival is $10 per person or $25 per carload. For discounts, please register online at www.thewatershed.org. No smoking or pets are permitted at the festival. Visit www.thewatershed.org to learn more about the festival.
Special thanks to Butterfly Festival corporate sponsors: Bloomberg, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Community Energy, PSE&G and Tyco.