VIRTUAL: Monarch Butterflies (Youth)
Premieres Monday, September 13 on the Library’s YouTube channel.
Craft Kit: Paper Heart Butterfly (Ages 3 – 8)
Take-home kits are available beginning Tuesday, September 14.
Adult Take & Make Monarch Craft Kit (Adult)
Take-home kits and video are available beginning Wednesday, September 15.
Life Cycle of Monarchs (Adult)
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Community Meeting Room
In partnership with the Environmental Improvement Commission. Sponsored by the Friends of the Westmont Public Library.
Monarch StoryWalk: Hello Little One (Family)
Friday, September 17 – Monday, September 20
Diane Main Park, 200 W 59th St, Westmont
Monarch Fest Celebration (Family)
Saturday, September 18, 10 am – noon
Ty Warner Park Pavilion, Burr Oak Drive entrance
Monarch Coloring: Download, Print, and Color
Book Lists for Youth and Adults
Local and Online Resources
Journey North — This is one of North America’s premiere citizen science programs for people of all ages. The program operates out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. The site offers resources for all ages to learn more about these insects. There are pictures, articles, videos, and more to explore.
Monarch Watch — Monarch Watch is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program based at the University of Kansas that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and it’s spectacular fall migration. The organization’s website provides more information on this insect, migration patterns, and more. A resource for teachers and adults to learn more about these native butterflies.
World Wildlife Foundation: Monarch Butterflies — Learn more about what the WWF is doing and what you can do to save this insect. Explore their habitat and why they are essential pollinators.
World Wildlife Foundation: Monarch Tool Kit — A resource for teachers and students looking to learn about and apply their knowledge of this amazing butterfly.
The Conservation Foundation — “Founded in 1972, The Conservation Foundation is one of the region’s oldest and largest not-for-profit land and watershed conservation organizations dedicated to preserving and restoring open space, protecting rivers and watersheds and promoting stewardship of the environment in northeastern Illinois.”
The DuPage Monarch Project — “The DuPage Monarch Project is a group of local organizations working together to provide education about monarchs and increase the amount of suitable monarch habitat throughout DuPage County. DuPage Monarch Project is asking mayors and village boards to formally resolve to make their communities more monarch friendly.”
DuPage Birding Club — “Our mission is to promote birding among our 300+ members and the general public through field experiences and education that focus on the various habitats in DuPage County, the greater Chicago area, and other regional hotspots.”
Forest Preserve District of DuPage County — “For over 100 years the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has striven to protect and improve the county’s natural areas while providing high-quality educational and recreational experiences for the people who call DuPage home.”
Lyman Woods — “Lyman Woods is 150 acres of oak woods, prairie, and marsh habitats that supports over 300 species of native plants. Discover an amazing diversity of plant life, including six species classified as rare in the Chicago region. Catch a glimpse of animals including deer, coyote, fox, Cooper’s Hawks, Great Horned Owls, a wide variety of reptiles, amphibians, insects, and numerous songbirds.”