New! Extreme Monarch Club

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We are excited to announce that Lori Harris of Salt Creek Butterfly Farm is starting the Extreme Monarch Club that will run from July through September, 2022. After years of presenting at “Monarch Palooza” in Chautauqua, New York and the “Flutterby Festival” in Pinehurst, North Carolina, local nature enthusiast, Lori Harris, has created an amazing butterfly experience for local families. She has raised and released thousands of Monarch butterflies over the years and has now created a family club you won’t want to miss. Club size will be limited to ensure a rich experience.

The Extreme Monarch Club includes several hands-on experiences for your family:  

  • A Professional Kit including two Monarch caterpillars, Native Potted Rose Milkweed (you can re-plant this perennial in your garden after use in your kit), Educational Materials and a professional popup Raising Container for pick up.  You’ll raise and release your own Monarchs with support from Lori as the first part of Monarch Club. 
  • A private invitation to Hand-Feed Monarch Butterflies in her 7 x 15’ flight house – a fantastic, unhurried photo opportunity! Being surrounded by Monarchs is an amazing experience your family won’t forget. 
  • Personally Tag a Migrating Monarch in September for Monarch Watch and record relevant data on your butterfly!  This citizen science program can be tracked on as the Monarchs travel to Mexico. (One of her tagged Monarchs was located 2,000 miles away as it made its flight across the border to its overwintering grounds!)

Please note- use of a live milkweed plant greatly simplifies the hand-raising process.  As long as your plant stays watered, your caterpillars should thrive.  This even allows for your family to take a short vacation away from your caterpillars! No icky artificial food – caterpillars wander and eat naturally from their native-species host plant.

Register for the club by emailing Lori at The cost is $165 per family.

Salt Creek Butterfly Farm
Western Springs, IL 60558
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