Butterfly festival scheduled Saturday

At the butterfly tent at the Butterfly Festival at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library. (File photo by Mary Rupert)

The 14th annual Lawson Roberts Butterfly Festival is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library at Wyandotte County Lake Park, 4051 West Drive, Kansas City, Kansas.

The annual event has scheduled many indoor and outdoor events in conjunction with learning about butterflies and viewing their annual southern migration.

Some of the outdoor events may be canceled in the event of rain, but many indoor events will be held regardless of the weather.

The event begins with butterfly storytime at 10 a.m. Saturday in the library room in the upper level.

At 10:30 a.m., photo contest awards will be presented in the library room, upper level.

Monarch butterfly tagging is scheduled throughout the day, at 10:45 a.m., noon, 1 p.m., and 2:15 p.m., if it is not raining. The tagging demonstration will be at the fire pit behind the library, close to the lake.

During the festival people can borrow nets, collect butterflies and put them in a tent on the grounds, if it is not raining.

The butterflies are scheduled to be released at 3 p.m., if there is no rain.

Another outdoor activity is the monarch migration challenge game, set up on the hillside behind the library. It is scheduled for 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., if it is not raining.

A self-guided butterfly walk on the nature trail near the lake also will be held, if there isn’t rain. Participants will get a checklist for the walk at the library’s front desk.

Many activities also are scheduled inside the Schlagle environmental library.

Face painting and crafts will be in the library’s lower level.

Upstairs, there will be an insect zoo and a microscope will be set up to view insects. Those attending can look at caterpillars.

This event also includes free popcorn, while supplies last. There is no charge to attend the event.

Wyandotte County Lake Park is at 91st and Leavenworth Road in Kansas City, Kansas. For more information, visit www.kckpl.org.

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