Gettysburg Green Gathering to host a butterfly defender

The Gettysburg Green Gathering is bringing an advocate for monarch butterflies to town! Carol Pasternak of Toronto, Canada, will provide a kid-friendly introduction to the care and feeding of butterflies, especially Monarch butterflies, on Saturday, April 29, at 1:00 PM at the Charles Sterner Building at the Gettysburg Recreation Park.  A second presentation will take place on Sunday, April 30, at 9:30 AM in the Gathering Area at St. James Lutheran Church at the corner of York and Stratton Streets in Gettysburg. All are welcome at both presentations, especially families with young children.

To register for the free Saturday event, go to the Gettysburg Green Gathering website

“Carol will have a lot to share with young kids,” Steve Zimmerman, co-chair of the Green Gathering, said, “She’ll provide a step-by-step introduction on how to raise Monarch butterflies and a real hands-on experience for the young ones in the family.  But preregistration helps us plan how to set up the space, so please do go online and sign up.”

Last-minute drop-ins will also be welcome, however, if seats are available.

Carol Pasternak, who is known in Canada as the Monarch Crusader, is the author of two books on butterflies: How to Raise Monarch Butterflies: a Step by Step Guide for Kids and 5 Butterflies, which focuses on the life cycles of Monarch Butterflies, Eastern Black Swallowtails, American Ladies, Question Marks, and the Cecropia moth. Both books are kid-friendly and intended for children ages seven to ten.

The Green Gathering program at the Gettysburg Rec Park is offered in partnership with the Gettysburg Farmer’s Market, which is celebrating its opening day at the Park on the morning on the 29th.  From noon to 1:00 PM, the public will be encouraged to stop by the Sterner Building to chat with members of local community organizations who will be staffing information tables in the building. A variety of groups will be represented, including the Gettysburg Garden Club, the Adams County Watershed Alliance, the Land Conservancy of Adams County, the Green Gettysburg Book Club, Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve, and others.

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