The addition of "Green Fair" to this year’s Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association’s Butterfly Festival is a nod to the many green — and fun — activities the event has presented for more than a decade.
This year’s festival and fair is Saturday, Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Watershed Reserve. For just $5 per person or $15 for a carload, kids of all ages can enjoy activities such as an insect safari, nature walks, a Clothesline Art Show, entertainment, food and merchandise vendors, raffles for free parking at next year’s event and environmental education programs, two presentations by butterfly expert Rick Mikula, a parade, geocaching and educational activities in four "enviro zones" representing the watershed association.
"This festival and fair is part of the way we help visitors get to know what we do here," said Event Manager Lisa Jordan. "This year’s theme is ‘Take a Closer Look at Your Watershed.’ The four zones — education, science, advocacy and conservation — are fun ways to learn all about our work. Once your ‘passport’ is stamped in all four zones, you can get a prize."
Each zone has activities geared toward kids, such as playing a plant guessing game and discovering which plants are best to attract certain birds. Staff assist kids with a Q&A, stamp the passport and encourage them to enjoy the next zone.
"The goal is to get them and their parents involved so they can see things they can do at home, at work and school, and in the community to protect clean water, even in small ways," Jordan added.
The Butterfly Festival and Green Fair will feature it’s popular Butterfly Hat and Costume Parade at 12:45 p.m. Kids may register that day at the Festival’s Information Booth between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. This is a very popular annual tradition.
"This year, we’re offering something new: geocaching," Jordan said. "We’ll have items ‘hidden’ around the reserve for those who enjoy this modern-day scavenger hunt."
Also featured this year is Brother’s Moon Restaurant of Hopewell, a vendor who has been supporting not only the festival for the last decade, but also the local economy by offering local, farm-fresh items on its menu.
"We’re honoring Will Mooney and the restaurant, and inviting people to say thanks," noted Jordan. "He’s even created a special Jersey menu for that day."
The 11th annual event is made possible by Bloomberg, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital Health, PSEG and Tyco. Learn more at www.thewatershed.org, or by calling 609-737-3735.
The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association. 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington. 609-737-3735. www.thewatershed.org