Monarch Discovery Days

  • Saturday, September 03, 2016
  • 1:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 17, 2016
  • 5:00 PM
  • Eastern Panhandle and Washington County, MD

What: Monarch Discovery Days - two weeks of activities to celebrate the fall Monarch migration

Where: Various locations around Washington County, MD and the National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV. 

When: Saturday, September 3 through Saturday, September 17

Time: Variety of times - check the listing below

Cost: all events are free of charge

Contact: Sandy Sagalkin at 240-291-6465 or

The Potomac Valley Audubon Society is partnering with The Monarch Alliance to provide two weeks of activities to celebrate the fall Monarch migration, which peaks in our area in mid-September. 

The National Conservation Training Center, the Antietam National Battlefield, Discovery Station of Hagerstown, University of MD Master Gardeners and the City of Hagerstown are all sponsoring Monarch events during this period.

The eastern Monarch Butterfly population has been in serious decline over the last 20 years that counts have been taken in the Monarch sanctuaries in Mexico.  

This year’s population got off to a poor start, as it was struck by a severe winter storm in early March as the Monarchs were beginning their movement north in search of milkweed.  

Monarch Watch estimates that this year’s population may be down to around two hectares of land in Mexico, which translates to about 70-100 million Monarchs.

This is down from historically high numbers of about one billion or more Monarchs.

To celebrate the Fall migration and to focus public attention on the Monarch Butterfly, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society and The Monarch Alliance have scheduled a number of activities from September 3 – 17, including a Fall Milkweed Sale.  

We encourage the participation of families and children:

  • Saturday, September 3 at Discovery Station, Hagerstown, beginning at 1 p.m., Discovery Station will have a special exhibit of Monarch Lego Robotics for families and children, and will show the acclaimed film, “Journey of the Monarchs.”  Discovery Station is at 101 W. Washington Street, Hagerstown
  • Sunday, September 4, the Antietam National Battlefield will take participants into the field to find and tag Monarchs.  The event will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and participants will meet at the Burnside Bridge parking area.
  • Saturday, September 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kiwanis Park, Hagerstown, The Monarch Alliance, will conduct a Monarch tagging demonstration.  The park is located at 371 Dynasty Drive, Hagerstown, MD.
  • Saturday, September 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hager House, City Park, City of Hagerstown, The Monarch Alliance will conduct a Monarch tagging demonstration.
  • Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Monarch Alliance will hold its Fall Milkweed Sale at Sunny Meadows Garden Center on Sharpsburg Pike, Sharpsburg, MD. In addition, the University of MD Master Gardeners will be teaching visitors about conservation landscaping and the Bay-Wise Program. 

The Monarch Alliance will be selling Butterfly Weed and Swamp Milkweed, and Sunny Meadows Garden Center will be selling the same plants that are in The Monarch Waystation at Kiwanis Park.  This is your chance to have your own backyard Monarch Waystation. 

For further information, contact Sandy Sagalkin at 240-291-6465 or

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