THIRD ANNUAL MONARCH FESTIVAL 

 

Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 10-4 PM

Sandy Creek Park (3510 Sandy Creek Drive)

 

 

 

Join us as we celebrate the amazing journey of the Monarch butterfly! Sandy Creek Park is a certified waystation for Monarch butterflies as they migrate throughout North America. This unique Durham park features milkweed, nectar sources and shelter that help sustain Monarchs throughout their migration. In celebration of the Monarchs, the second annual Sandy Creek Monarch Festival will feature music, family friendly activities & food. Experts will be giving talks about Monarch biology, ecology, and conservation and pollinator friendly plants will be available for purchase. 

 

 

Schedule of Events:

11:00 – Park Walks

12:00 Noon-12:25 PM - Danza Azteca Tonantzin

12:30 PM –Talk by Dr. Luke Bozeman, Director of R & D, BASF

“Living Acres - Modern Agriculture and Milkweed”

1:00 PM – Introductions by Rhonda Parker, Parks & Recreation

   Address by Steve Schewel, Durham City Councilman

Address by Remedios Gómez Arnau, General Consul of Mexico-Raleigh

   Address by Scott Cutlar, Honorary Consul of Canada – Raleigh

2:00 PM -- Butterfly Parade followed by another Butterfly Release

3:00 PM -- Spectacular Raffle Drawing!

Monarch at Sandy Creek Park

A Monarch butterfly stopping in at Sandy Creek Park during its long migration to Mexico for the winter. Photo by John Goebel, Friend of Sandy Creek Park.

FREE ADMISSION!

*Free Educational Materials for All Ages

*Free Activies for Children

*Pollinator Plant & Milkweed Seeds for Sale

*Plants & Other Items available for donations

 

Activities For Children

Monarch Reading Corner, stories for all ages

StoryWalk - Houdini the Amazing Caterpillar

Butterfly Themed Crafts

Temporary Tattoos

Yard Games

The Spectacular Butterfly Parade

Balloon (Butterfly) Animals - (from 11AM-4PM only)

+ more!

Special Appearances:

The Northeast Creek Puppeteers

Danza Azteca Tonantzin

Food Trucks - Bandidos, Heavy Metal Grillers, Flirting with Fire

Las Monarcas Popsicles 

Rare Pokémon GO Sightings

If you would have an individual or group in mind you would like to see the Monarch Festival - please email the festival committee with your suggestions at volunteer@keepdurhambeautiful.org

Monarch Clip Art

Directions & Parking

Driving Directions:

From I-40:  Exit I-40 at US 15-501 (Exit 270) and turn left (north) if coming from the west or right (north) if coming from the east.  Proceed to Garrett Road (1.4 miles) and turn left of Garrett Road.  After 1.0 miles Garrett Road ends at Pickett Road.  Proceed 0.8 miles to Sandy Creek Drive (just prior to the US15-501 Bridge) and turn right on Sandy Creek Drive.  The park is at the end of the road.  Parking attendants may direct you to an overflow parking lot at Durham Academy Upper School, 3130 Pickett Road..

From US-15-501:  Turn west on Garrett Road  (right if heading south, left if heading north).  After 1.0 miles Garrett Road ends at Pickett Road.  Proceed 0.8 miles to Sandy Creek Drive (just prior to the US15-501 Bridge) and turn right on Sandy Creek Drive.  The park is at the end of the road.  Parking attendants may direct you to an overflow parking lot at Durham Academy Upper School, 3130 Pickett Road.

From Downtown Durham get on the Durham Freeway (147) heading west.  Cross over US 15-501 and take the exit to US 15-501 South toward Chapel Hill.   Take the W. Cornwallis Road exit and turn left, passing under 15-501.  Just past the bridge turn right on Western Bypass toward the empty Durham Herald-Sun building.  At the stoplight, turn left right on Pickett Road, cross back over 15-501 and immediately turn left on Sandy Creek Drive.  Parking attendants may direct you to an overflow parking lot at Durham Academy Upper School, 3130 Pickett Road.

Bus Transport:

GoDurham Bus Route: 10B

Nearest bus stops: 6154 (at Social Security Office), 6050 (at Colony & Pickett) and 5847 (at Coachman's Way, close to Sandy Creek Trail). 

Parking:

>>Map of parking options<<

  • Limited parking is available along Sandy Creek Drive
  • Free Parking available at Durham Academy (3601 Ridge Road) 
  • A complementary shuttle bus will run from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm between the overflow parking lots & the festival
  • If you feel like a short & beautiful hike, follow Sandy Creek Trail to the park! (see map)

Other Considerations:

  • Carpool when possible, parking is limited near the park
  • We encourage you to leave your 4 legged companions at home since there will be many children, wildlife, & elderly in attendance.
  • If you do bring your dog(s), they must be ON LEASH at all times.
  • The Sandy Creek Park Story:

    Sandy Creek Park

    Sandy Creek Park was once a sewer treatment plant, built by Duke University to serve their campus and later run by the City of Durham.  The facility was closed in 1984 and was left abandoned until 2001 when the paved trail from Pickett Road to the Park was constructed and then in 2003 the pavilion and bathrooms were installed.  Soon after that the Durham Academy Upper School adopted the trail.  In 2009 the New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee adopted the park and began a series of improvements to the park.  The bridge across Sandy Creek was funded by a State Parks Grant along with benches along the trail.  In 2013 Keep Durham Beautiful was awarded a Durham Open Space and Trails Matching Grant and hundreds of volunteers added the Observation Deck, the Butterfly Garden, hundreds of native shrubs, trees and grasses and informational signs.  We also installed a split rail fence around the grassy areas to prevent people from driving on the grass.  Thanks to all who have made this park what it is today. 

    Please Consider Donating Today!

    *All donations will be used to provide additional Monarch (and other Butterfly) host & nectar plants at Sandy Creek Park and other sites in Durham County.*

    Volunteer Information

    Interested in volunteering? Visit the Monarch Festival Volunteer Page to learn more about how you can get involved.

    Vendor Information

    Interested in setting up as a vendor at the 2016 Monarch Festival? Educational, art, food, and plant vendors are invited to submit a vendor application.

    Please download the appropriate vendor applications below and submit the application before September 17, 2016 

    Vendor application: Monarch Festival- Vendor application

    Food vendor application: Monarch Festival- Food vendor application

    Sponsorship Information

    Become a Sponsor! To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the Monarch Festival, please check out: 2016 Monarch Festival Sponsorship Opportunities

     

    The Monarch Festival is proudly brought to by The Friends of Sandy Creek Park

    Thank you to our Monarch Festival Sponsors:

    Monarch Sponsor:

    Durham Parks Foundation

    Chrysalis Sponsors:  

    TLC Logo_square        BASF

    Caterpillar Sponsor:

    Cure Nursery

    The Second Monarch Festival is brought to you by the Festival Coordinating Partners: