Saturday, October 12, 2019

teacher training

Pollinator Practices: Educators’ Show-n-Tell Symposium
Confluence Park
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join educators from around town for a symposium that will share the collective wisdom of local “pollinator teachers” and their best classroom practices. Hands-on activities, lessons, and sage advice, as well as three hours of State Board of Education Credits. FREE and open to K-12 public school educators in Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad Counties.

Details and registration here.

Slots will fill fast!

Underwritten by the San Antonio River Authority and San Antonio River Foundation

Mariposa monarca: espíritu del Bosque
San Antonio Botanical Garden
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
This Spanish language Monarch Heroes workshop will will show teachers how to use pollinators and the natural world in the classroom as an interdisciplinary teaching tool, en español.

Teachers will receive a copy of the Curriculum La Misión de la Mariposa Monarca, K-12, guidance on the use of the curriculum, and three Texas Education Agency  Credit Education Units.

FREE to teachers. Register here.

Underwritten by the National Wildlife Federation

Monarch on swamp milkweed Arsenal

Gardening Workshop: Planting for monarchs and other pollinators
San Antonio Botanical Garden
1:00 – 2:30 PM and 3 – 4:30 PM
In this 90-minute workshop, you’ll learn about 22 plants that provide nectar or larval food sources for monarchs and other pollinators from Gardening Volunteers of South Texas experts. The session includes a guided walking tour to the Botanical Garden’s Monarch Waystation to see an actual Butterfly Garden.

Tickets $10. Register here.

Underwritten by SAWS, Gardening Volunteers of South Texas and San Antonio Botanical Garden

Butterfly Walk
Confluence Park
1:00 – 3:00 PM 

Celebrate butterflies at Confluence Park! Join the San Antonio River Authority on a walk to view butterflies and pollinator plants followed by butterfly tagging demonstrations. Free pollinator plants will be raffled.

For questions, contact Nicki Apostolow, park program coordinator, at or (210) 302-3252.

Underwritten by the San Antonio River Authority 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

FREE Screenings: The Batman of Mexico

UTSA Main Campus, John Peace Library, 4th Floor Assembly Room
4:00 – 5:15 PM, and at UNAM San Antonio Auditorium 6:30 PM – 7:45, and at Trinity University, Marrs McLean 223, 6:00 – 7:00PM

Want to see the one-hour documentary on Rodrigo Medellín, the Bat Man of Mexico? Here’s your chance. UTSA Students, faculty, and staff can catch the film at the main campus; others, head to Trinity University, or downtown to UNAM to see the BBC film, narrated by David Attenborough. Join us on Friday at the Pearl or Saturday at Confluence Park to meet Rodrigo in person. Did we mention it’s FREE?

Underwritten by UTSA, Trinity University and UNAM

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Monarch Ultra
Broadway and Pearl Parkway

10:00 AM – 11:00AM
Join us to cheer on runners who will pass through San Antonio as they replicate the 2,671-mile monarch butterfly migration! Filmmakers, runners, and pollinator advocates will be telling the story of the flight of the monarch butterfly through the eyes of ultra-runners who will trek from southern Ontario to central Mexico this fall. Runners, singly and in pairs, will complete 50K and 100K sections of the route over 47 days.

More info here.  FREE



Hive Minded: Block Printing Demonstration and Artist Talk with Hilary Rochow
Flax Studio

5:00PM – 8:00PM

Block printing demonstration and artist talk with Hilary Rochow, whose hyper realistic pen drawings explore pollinators and plants with playful scale and curiosity. Rochow’s multidisciplinary creative approach, grounded in industrial and graphic design inform her love of the natural world weaves its way into to her choice of subject matter. She imbues the living things she draws with as much life and emotion as she observes within them. More info here. 



Friday, October 18, 2019

Lunch-N- Learn: Monarchs, milkweeds and OE with Dr. Dara Satterfield
San Antonio Botanical Garden
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Monarchs are imperiled, and they face further challenges from infectious diseases including a protozoan called OE. Re-wilding our American landscape with native milkweeds and other plants can help monarchs rebound and keep parasites at bay.

Join monarch expert Dr. Dara Satterfield to learn how native and Tropical milkweeds can affect monarch health and migration.

Tickets $10/$15. Register here.

Underwritten by the San Antonio Botanical Garden and Trinity University

Butterflies w/o Borders: Migration and Immigration in a Changing Climate
Pearl Stable

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Join us for a timely discussion of politics and pollinators and the impact of climate change on migration and immigration. The panel discussion includes monarch butterfly expert Dara Satterfield, a Trinity visiting scholar, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowand, and PhD in ecology; Austin-based National Public Radio correspondent John Burnett, who covers the border and immigration; and Rodrigo Medellín, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México ecologist, known as “the Batman of Mexico.” Brendan Gibbons, senior environmental reporter for the Rivard Report, will moderate.  Reception/cash bar. Tickets here.

Underwritten by Pearl, Trinity University, and the Rivard Report

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Pollinator Rain Garden Workshop
100 East Guenther Street, San Antonio, TX 78204
 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn to make the most of the rain to improve your landscape for pollinators and water quality. Rain gardens are shallow depressions that help capture stormwater runoff from rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces; and allow the water to be filtered and cleaned through plants and soils. When plants are selected properly, these gardens can help pollinators! Come learn the basics about rain gardens so you can plan, design, construct and maintain your own Pollinator Rain Garden.

Tickets $10. Proceeds benefit the Donald Ewers Memorial Grant administered by the Native Plant Society of Texas SA Chapter.  Register here.

Underwritten by the San Antonio River Authority

Bugtoberfest Bug Lunch
San Antonio Botanical Garden
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Taste and experience insect-inspired cuisine, known as entomophagy,  at the San Antonio Botanical Garden Culinary tent with Jonathan Cammack, Texas A&M entomology PhD, Molly Keck, a Texas Agrilife Extension entomologist, and the talented SABOT chefs. Insect actives such as cricket races, maggot art and more included with general admission.

Tickets $25 per person for keynote and tastings; $35 for keynote and tastings with drink pairing. Register Here

Underwritten by the San Antonio Botanical Garden and Texas Agrilife Extension Service . 

A Butterfly Haven somewhere in Michoacan“Flight of the Butterflies” Movie Screening at Yanaguana Gardens
Yanaguana Gardens
FREE screening of the 2012 documentary “Flight of the Butterflies,” detailing the history of the discovery of the monarch butterfly roosting sites. Great for families, so bring a picnic!

Underwritten by Yanaguana Gardens.

Holy Agave Spirits – It’s the Bat Man of Mexico!
Confluence Park
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
A presentation by renowned bat ecologist and PhD Rodrigo Medellín, known as “the Bat Man of Mexico,” will help us understand how bats and other wildlife make tequila, mezcal and other food and drink items possible. Learn more about Medellín in the trailer for the 2015 BBC Documentary Natural World: The Bat Man of Mexico, narrated by David Attenborough.

Bonus: Elizabeth Johnson of Pharm Table and Houston Eaves will provide tastings of agave spirits and snacks. Don’t miss it! Tickets here.

Underwritten by the San Antonio River Authority, the San Antonio River Foundation and UNAM. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival and Parade
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Get your wings on for our fourth annual Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival! Sunday features the People for Pollinators Parade, monarch butterfly tagging demos all day long, educational booths and family activities, pollinator gardening workshops and more. At noon, we’ll debut San Antonio’s specially commissioned, first ever Waggle Dance.

Here’s the schedule:


COSTUMES ENCOURAGED! Take a look at the video below of last year’s festival, and check back for updates.  Hope to see you there!

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