Save the date, October 19th 9am-4pm, for San Marcos' second annual Monarch Fest! Conservation groups will be there to show visitors the importance of monarch butterflies and other pollinators that can be found in the region. Peruse our fall native plant sale and be inspired to build your own butterfly garden and lend a helping hand to pollinators while enjoying native flowers.

Did you know Central Texas is in the heart of a flyway for many migrating species of birds and insects including the monarch butterfly? That means we are lucky enough to witness a diversity of migrating species when the time is right. Come see what San Marcos is doing as a city to help pollinators and learn how to get involved to make a difference!

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Here is a current list of exhibitors that'll be present at the Monarch Fest: 
Keller Williams Realty Walker TX TeamThe Wildlife Society at Texas State University
San Marcos River Foundation
Hays County Master Naturalists
Hays County Master Gardeners
Austin Bat Refuge
Hill Country Native Plant Society of Texas
Bobcat Buzz
San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance
Ecosystem Regeneration Artisans
Resource RecoveryYouth Services
Imperfect ProduceSan Marcos Discovery Center             
Community Forestry

The Monarch Fest is registered with Texas Parks and Wildlife as a Bioblitz event! Come visit Minnette Marr from the LBJ Wildflower Center at the Hays County Master Naturalist booth to learn how to properly use the iNaturalist app. Minnette will take you through all the steps to set up the app, techniques on photographing wild specimens, and how you can use iNaturalist to spread awareness of native species.

This year, we'll be having a drawing for those who complete our exhibitor passport. By visiting all 15 exhibitors, you will receive a drawing ticket from the Discovery Center table. The following are drawing prizes: 

- Monarch Garden Consultation & $60 of plants(1 winner): Our staff will visit your property for a 30 minute consultation; good for starting a new monarch garden or for revamping an established garden bed.

- One 5-gallon plant (or three 1-gallon plants), and a Monarch Butterfly Discovery Center T-shirt (2 winners)

- Compost Tea, 1-gallon plant, and a grow green guide (3 winners)

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