The Monarch Crusader SpeaksI

Are you looking for a fun, meaningful summer activity that will get the kids out of the house?  Would you like to do your part to maintain or restore the dwindling monarch butterfly population and preserve the migration?

Join me at any of my public presentations.  Bring the kids.  In less than an hour you’ll be set to start the hunt for monarch eggs and caterpillars.  You will know how to care for them, and release the adults.  I will bring samples of the minimal equipment you’ll need.  My presentation will be fun and interesting, and you’ll learn enough about the life cycle and migration of this miraculous insect to teach your friends who will be fascinated when you show them your living laboratory.  I will explain how picture taking becomes part of the fun.

The Monarch Crusader would be happy to speak at your school, business, garden club, day camp, wellness group, library, conservation area, retirement residence, or other organization.  The fee is generally $ 300 plus HST.   Higher for keynotes and shows, or travel outside Toronto.  Discount for not-for-profits is $ 250 plus HST.   Reduced rate for multiple bookings.  Call Carol at 416 733-1661 or email monarchcrusader@gmail.com

Schedule

2017

Saturday, March 18, 3 pm Public CANADA BLOOMS  I will by launching my dynamic new presentation, so send your scouts.  It will be suitable as a keynote for any corporation interested in conservation/environment.  http://canadablooms.com/event/carolpasternak/

March 23, Bradford Horticultural Club, 7:30, public  details TBA

Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION HOMEGROWN PARK RANGERS  Private.  I will be teaching the volunteers everything they need to know about butterflies, especially monarchs, and how to attract them.

Saturday, May 6, 11:00 am.  Norfolk, Virginia.  Presented by the Butterfly Society of Virginia.  11
Virginia Beach Police Department-Law Enforcement Training Academy
411 Integrity Way, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451  Free and open to the public.  Book signing to follow.

Sunday May 7, 11:00 am  Leesburg, Virginia.  Free and open to the public.  Please register:  https://loudounwildlife.org/event/monarchs-mexico-messenger-hope/

Coach House, Morven Park
17195 Southern Planter Ln.
Leesburg, VA 20176 + Google Map

Saturday May 13, DUFFERING GARDEN CENTRE, Orangeville.   Time 11:00  Public, free, but you should register:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07edv7dz1103f908e1&oseq=&c=&ch=   After the presentation, please join us for refreshments in our Greenhouse full of beautiful hanging baskets, fresh herbs and tropicals. Stop by the Rustic Charm Gift Shop for a special gift for Mom and all your gardening needs. Take a stroll and discover spring in our gorgeous display gardens.

Address: 250 ‘C’ Line, Orangeville, Ontario, Canada L9W 3Z8     Phone: 519-941-5081

Saturday, June 3  Pollinator garden planting event in Centennial Park. Free.

Wednesday, June 21 Thornhill Horticultual Society, Tricks to Get Kids Gardening.  Free.

Tuesday July 4, RICHMOND HILL HORTICULTURAL, 8pm  McConaghy Center  Public  details TBA

Saturday, June 24  Evergreen Brickworks  11:15 to 12:15.  Learn where to look for caterpillars, which plants to buy, how to raise them, and finally, a real caterpillar hunt!

Wednesday July 12.  Private for Humber Bay Butterfly Park volunteer stewards.

 

 

2016

Saturday, March 19, 4pm. Public. Canada Blooms. Direct Energy Centre, CNE.

May 25, Richmond Hill Anglican Church, Annual Pot-luck dinner. Private.

May 29, 10:00 am to 12: 30. I won’t be speaking, but I’ll have some American Painted Lady caterpillars on their host plant, Pearly Everlasting. I’ll have a display board of monarchs, rearing cages, and a few surprises. I will be signing my book, How to Raise Monarch Butterflies A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids. $10. Come to talk butterflies with me, and enjoy the rest of the community gathering, which includes bees, honey, native plants, activities for the kids and other fun. And remember to support Lush Cosmetics, who support local community projects, like butterfly gardens, and manufacture all their products in Canada, free of animal testing. Lush Cosmetics. 35 Jutland Road. Public and free.

May 29, Christie Pits. Free. This is the annual David Suzuki Milkweed Pick Up. I will have a display there, and talk monarchs all afternoon, from 2 to 5. You can pick up a signed copy of my book for $10. I will have American Painted Lady caterpillars on Pearly Everylasting. There will be lots of vendors, including the North American Native Plant Society. And there will be surprises.

June 8 Oakville Christian School. Private.

June 11 North York Central Library. 5120 Yonge Street. This is a wonderful comfortable large venue. Bring your friends and kids. PUBLIC, free. I will bring whatever caterpillar and host plants I can. See my newly revised Power Point presentation, including shots from my recent trip to Mexico. Ask your questions. I will be signing books for $10. How to Raise Monarch Butterflies A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids. This is a great way to keep the kids busy and excited all summer!

June 15 Crestwood School, Toronto. Private. 1:20 pmJune 18 PUBLIC, free, 2pm Gerrard-Ashdale Library 1432 Gerrard Street EastJune 22, Taylor Kingston Library Public. Free. 1440 Kingston Road| Toronto. 1:30 pm

June 25, Riverdale Branch Toronto Public Library 370 Broadview Avenue. Public. Free.

July 23, Pathways to Perennials Public, $10, and you can pick up your milkweed and nectar plants there! 11:00 am 4681 Lloydtown-Aurora Rd, King, ON L7B 0E3 Just off the 400, half an hour south of Barrie.

August 10, Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat, Private.

September 10, Public, free. Bloor Gladstone Library 1101 Bloor Street West

September 13 Ching Garden Club, Brampton. Private.September 24 New Toronto Library. Public. Free. 1:30 pm. 110 Eleventh Street

September 28 Public. Free. Wychwood Library, 1431 Bathurst Street, 1:00 pm.

 

2015

March 18, Canada Blooms, 11:00 am

March 24, Bronte Horticultural Society,  7.30pm at Sir John Colborne Recreation Centre, West Oakville. Non members welcome.

May 19, 3015  Retired Teachers    Private

Wednesday, June 17 Dufferin Library, 1pm. Private

Wednesday June 17   Fergus, Ontario.  Victoria Park Senior Centre 150 Albert St.    Doors open at 6:45 and the meeting at 7:30 pm.   Public

Thursday, June 18   Bloor/Gladstone Library 1101 Bloor Street West  Private

Monday June 22  North York Garden Club 7:30  3200 Bayview Avenue ( NW corner of Bayview and Finch).  Lower level of St Luke Lutheran Church   Public.

July 8  Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat Stewards   Private

July 15  Brentwood Brentwood Library, 36 Brentwood Road North, Toronto, Ontario  M8X 2B5.  Starts at 6:30.  Come early to get your seat.  Public.

September 10, Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston Ave., Toronto, M6G 2P7  6:30.

October 31, District 26 Ontario Horticulture Association Fall Education Seminar, Barrie, Ontario.  Private

November 27, Richmond Hill Public Library Children’s Fair.  Public, but registration is required, and limited to 40 8 and 9 year olds.

2014

March 17, 2014  12:00 pm  Canada Blooms.  Direct Energy Centre, Toronto.  Gardens Solutions Theatre, Salon 102  Hall A.  Limited seating, arrive early.  Public.

March 1, 2014  David Suzuki Foundation, Toronto 3:00 pm.  Private.

2013

April 27, 2013  Innisfil Public Library

May 19, 2013  Private church group.

June 1, 2013  12:00 pm.  Evergreen Brickworks

June 10, 2013  Cedarvale Public School

June 14, 2013  Collingwood Public School.  Private.

July 9, 2013  Scarborough Horticultural Club, Public.

August 20, 2013  Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Private.

September 18, 2013  Keynote speaker, Canadian Hearing Society.  Private.