BUTTERFLIES AND BEES CELEBRATION
Butterflies and Bees Celebration is a neighborhood event that celebrates our native pollinators. Concerned about the plight of the Monarch butterfly, members of the Rountree Neighborhood in central Springfield put together the first Celebration in 2014. Each year this event includes a representative of the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House of the Springfield Botanical Gardens, crafts for kids, free native plant seedlings, donations from local businesses for a free raffle, science station, and demonstrations of what people can do to help their pollinators.
This event proved very popular from the beginning. Since 2014 Butterflies and Bees Celebration and other nature-based Rountree events in the fall have distributed over 200 native plant seedlings to participants. In addition, visitors receive information from the City of Springfield, Environmental Services Division about a variety of topics. The Department of Conservation also provides printed materials to support this project.
The Missouri Master Naturalist, Springfield Plateau Chapter is integral to Butterflies and Bees Celebration. Chapter members donate time to volunteer to create, plan and implement this program.
The support of local businesses adds to the excitement of Butterflies and Bees. Through their generous donations and work spreading the word the local shop owners help create a more complete “neighborhood feel” to the day. Adults and kids enjoy viewing the butterflies, moths and caterpillars up close. The kids love the crafts. And the neighborhood is enriched by this event.