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Butterflies Take Flight at Workshop Sunday

The Friends Enrichment Program will host a workshop to educate the community about monarch butterflies at the Moorestown Friends Meetinghouse this weekend.

FEP—the Friends Enrichment Program for financially disadvantaged, underserved Moorestown children—will host a monarch butterfly workshop from 3-5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, in the Moorestown Friends Meetinghouse.

Environmentalist Scott Davis will lead the workshop. Davis is a monarch butterfly devotee and passionate master gardener, whose garden features native wildflowers and shuns non-native species. His workshop is billed as an exciting learning experience and celebration of life for people of all ages. It is an opportunity for participants to learn about monarch butterflies, their body parts and life cycle, their role in the ecosystem as pollinators of flowering plants, and their migratory patterns.        

Davis holds Pennsylvania state certifications in Elementary Education and Secondary Biology. He, his wife and two young daughters live in Stevens, Lancaster County, and for the past two years, their house has been a registered monarch butterfly way station. With cooperation from Mother Nature, Davis should be able to collect eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises and butterflies from his garden and bring them to the meetinghouse for observation and for release of flying adults into the South Jersey sky. From there, they will head south, toward their ancestral wintering grounds in Mexico.    

Admission is free and anyone interested is invited to attend. The Moorestown Friends Meetinghouse is located at 118 E. Main St.  

For more information, call FEP chairperson Monique Begg at 856-235-3963.  

Courtesy of Monique Begg

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