OKOBOJI, Iowa —The Dickinson County Nature Center will host Dee’s Bee & Butterfly Festival next week.
Instead of a one-day festival, this year’s event will be spread out over four days. Families are asked to sign up for a time slot when they would like to attend the event: 4 to 5 p.m., 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1-4. Simply go to Signup Genius at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4DACA922A1FFCE9-beeand and select the preferred time. Each time slot is limited to six groups.
During Dee’s Bee & Butterfly Festival, participants will be able to visit several stations — a self-guided storybook walk, a photo opportunity with Sweetie the Bee and the monarch tagging area.
Tagged monarchs will be released on their migration to overwinter in Mexico, a part of the University of Kansas Monarch Watch program. Those who tag a monarch will receive a certificate with their monarch’s gender and tag number, and they can check next spring to see if their monarch is collected by Monarch Watch citizen scientists.
Participants will also receive an activity bag to take home filled with supplies for bee and butterfly crafts as well as a honey stick.
Dee’s Bee & Butterfly Festival will be hosted outside the Dickinson County Nature Center in Kenue Park, and participants can enjoy the area while they go through the event stations, as only one group per station at a time is requested. Families may even bring food and drinks to enjoy in the park during their time slot.
To keep staff, volunteers and festival-goers safe, safety precautions will be implemented. Participants may wear masks if they choose, but all festival hosts will be wearing masks. There will also be hand sanitizer available at each station.