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Family Nature Play Date – Beyond the Monarchs @ Cressmoor Prairie

August 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve

Most people know the iconic monarch, but what about the other butterflies? Learn all about why butterflies (and moths!) are important for our local ecosystems with the Beyond the Monarchs Family Nature Play Date.

Purdue Extension and Shirley Heinze staff and volunteers will provide activities to encourage families to engage with nature. Cressmoor Prairie is home to a rich landscape of wildflowers, which attracts a diverse range of pollinators, include monarchs—and beyond.

Family Nature Play Dates will be held the second and fourth Thursdays July-October from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT. Families can drop in any time between 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

This program will target families with youth ages 3-7, but other ages are welcome.
No person under 18 will be admitted without an adult.

We recommend wearing closed-toed shoes and socks, long pants, sunscreen/hats/sunglasses and bug spray. We will be on the lookout for poison ivy and checking for ticks.

The second Thursdays on July 11, August 8, September 12, and October 10 will be held at Ivanhoe South Nature Preserve. Address: 750 Colfax St, Gary, IN 46406. There is primarily street parking.

The fourth Thursdays on July 25, August 22, September 26 and October 24 will be held at Cressmoor Prairie Nature Preserve. Parking will be at 615 W 40th Ave, Hobart, IN 46342.

Click here to register one week before each program to help us plan for materials. Participants can call or text Rebecca at 219-232-8058 if they have questions. If you require reasonable accommodations, email Rebecca Koetz at

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.


August 22
9:00 am - 11:00 am CDT
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Cressmoor Prairie – West Entrance
615 W 40th Ave
Hobart, Indiana 46342 United States
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