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Monarch Weekend

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September 22, 2018

7-85 N Lake St
Gary, IN 46403

  • Time: 1:00 PM
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Who doesn’t want to help a butterfly? Join monarch butterfly researcher Johanna Nifosi on Saturdays September 22 and again on October 13 as she shares current data collected about monarch butterflies in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. These programs will take place in the Douglas Center for Environmental Education from 1-3 pm.

Johanna will share how climate change and global warming are affecting diseases in the monarch butterflies. One of the biggest concerns is a protozoan (microorganism) called Ophryocystis elektrocirrha (OE). OE wrinkles adult butterflies wings, decreasing their longevity and reproductive success. 

Afterwards, make a free monarch butterfly craft and enjoy the center’s hands on exhibits and outdoor nature play zone where families can build a fort, rock tower or identify various plants and animals. 

The Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education is at 100 North Lake Street, about one mile north of U.S. Highway 12 in the Miller neighborhood of Gary. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/indu.