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Elkhorn Creek Butterfly Festival

July 20, 2024
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve
14727 W West Grove Rd
Forreston, IL 61030 United States
Stop by for a fun, informative family friendly afternoon as we explore the Elkhorn Creek Biodiversity Preserve for the many butterflies that are found there.
From 1-5 p.m. participants may join guided butterfly tours or look on their own for those winged beauties. Tours will begin at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. “Illinois Butterflies and Moths” pocket guides will be distributed at no charge while supplies last. There will be a shady rest area with chairs, as well as a restroom, cold beverages, snacks and information about pollinators.
To date 38 species of butterflies and skippers have been documented at the preserve among which are Buckeye, Great Fritillary, Coral Hairstreak, Milbert’s Tortoiseshell, Peck’s Skipper, Red-spotted Purple and American Snout.
The preserve is located about 3 miles southwest of Forreston in the southeast corner of West Grove and Freeport Rds. The parking lot is off of West Grove Rd.  This event is free and open to the public.
(If the weather is questionable, call Mary Blackmore at 815-938-3204 no later than 10 a.m. on July 20 to confirm the festival is still happening)