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Butterfly Wonderland hosting monarch workshop

Staff Report~ 7/30/2014

SCOTTSDALE – On Wednesday, Aug. 14, Butterfly Wonderland is hosting a monarch butterfly workshop.

Participants in the workshop will learn about the life cycles of monarch butterflies, as well as their natural history and migration, from the Director of Education Adriane Grimaldi. In addition, attendees will learn tips about how to build a milkweed garden with milkweed seeds, how and when these butterflies know when to migrate, and the obstacles they go through, as well as how people can help them.

Monarch butterflies are one of the most familiar and well-loved butterflies. This butterfly migrates thousands of miles from Canada to its wintering grounds in Mexico. The workshop will inform participants of how to help out the butterflies on their long journey.

Director of Education Adriane Grimaldi leads butterfly walks as a volunteer at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. She has built her own butterfly garden that has attracted 31 different species of butterflies. Her backyard garden is listed as a National Wildlife Habitat by National Wildlife Federation. She is a butterfly photographer and has participated on butterfly safaris to central Mexico to see the overwintering monarchs.

To attend the monarch butterfly workshop, register by calling (480) 800-3000, ext. 207. The workshop runs 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 14; admission is $20. Butterfly Wonderland is located at 9500 East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. For more information, visit