Populations of monarch butterflies, which migrate annually from Canada and across the United States to overwinter in select sites in California Mexico, are declining. These iconic, strikingly beautiful insects remind us of the delicate balance of our ecosystems, and our deep connections to nature.
This two-part Climate Week at Penn event will first feature nature-inspired performances under the Climate Week Tent, including a dance dedicated to monarch butterflies by Nuuxakun, a Philadelphia-based Mexican folk dance group.
Following the performances, we invite attendees to walk to the Penn Student Garden behind Harrison College House, at 39th and Spruce streets, to plant and dedicate a Monarch Waystation Garden, filled with milkweed and other plant species important for pollinators. Wildlife experts from Penn Vet will also share information about the importance of insects in our ecosystem.