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Week Four: Monarch Moments & More!


Stemming Monarch Population Loss”
Speaker/Guide: Lori Stralow Harris
Butterfly farmer and Art-in-Nature Educator
Location: Smith Wilkes Hall

The declining number of monarch butterflies has been well documented and brought to the public’s attention. While we know the causes - pesticides, herbicides, and habitat loss – how can we help? Join this presentation for straightforward, practical solutions that we can adopt as individuals and communities to stem the tide.

Lori Harris opened Salt Creek Butterfly Farm in 2013 to provide her community with more opportunities for backyard nature encounters. Her BFA in painting and MA in interdisciplinary arts have contributed to the farm’s art-in-nature curriculum. In 2015 Lori planted butterfly habitat in a local retirement community and began the popular adopt-a-caterpillar program among seniors. Lori belongs to the Association for Butterflies, and the International Butterfly Breeders Association. Her first book, Butterfly Birthday, was released in 2017 with great response from the Monarch conservation community (and the preschoolers in her Montessori classroom). Lori lives in Western Springs, IL with her husband, Mark.

MONARCH MOMENTS AND MORE Bring your lunch and a healthy appetite for learning on Mondays 12:15pm in Smith Wilkes Hall. Expanding beyond solely discussing Monarchs, settle in for a lecture about a topic related to the natural world with a wide range of interesting speakers. 

Earlier Event: July 12
Week Three: Purple Martin Chat
Later Event: July 15
Week Four: Lake Walk