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Butterfly Festival

Michelle Leung
2016 Design Contest Winner: Michelle Leung

2016 Butterfly Festival
“Celebrating the Swallowtail”
Saturday, August 13 | 10AM-4PM

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Fun for the whole Family!

It’s going to be hot. We have quadrupled the amount of ice and the number of coolers of cold water throughout our festival. We have more misting fans for misting tents, and we’ve increased the amount of tent shade for families. We have our Kingsford Room and the Watershed Center designated for cool down zones in addition to indoor activities to keep everyone happy and hydrated. Bring a water bottle, wear sunscreen – we’re ready for a fun event!


Earlier this year, the Black Swallowtail Butterfly was named the official state butterfly of New Jersey. In honor of this appointment, the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is “Celebrating the Swallowtail” at their 16th annual Watershed Butterfly Festival. The event, held on the 930 acre Watershed Reserve in Pennington, New Jersey is scheduled on Saturday, August 13th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Watershed Butterfly Festival welcomes over 3,000 visitors every summer to tour the Kate Gorrie Butterfly house, LEED-platinum Watershed Center, and the many activities hosted throughout the grounds. Attendees this year are invited to join a Guinness World Record attempt for gathering the most people wearing butterfly wings. Parents and children look forward to the butterfly and bug parade, hay rides, nature walks, insect zoo, and crafts for all ages.

New this year are juggling demonstrations, an aerial acrobatics show, butterfly stilt walkers, and the Dunkin’ Cruiser which is giving out free iced coffee samples from Dunkin’ Donuts throughout the day. There will also be a dog agility show, glitterhoops, spin art, and delicious local food.

Shuttle parking for the Butterfly Festival is generously provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb across the street from the Watershed Reserve (access from Titus Mill Road). Discount admission to the festival can be found online at thewatershed.org. Entry is free for new members signing up at the festival. No smoking or pets are. Call (609) 737-3735 for handicapped access and service animal permission.


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Click to view our photos from the 2015 Butterfly Festival






Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What does my admission fee cover?

  • Your admission fee covers lots of fun activities for the whole family!

  • Do I have to pay for my infant?

  • Children under the age of 2 are Free.

  • Is food for sale?

  • Yes! There are lots of delicious choices from our food vendors.

  • Do you have an ATM on site?

  • Yes. The ATM is located inside the Watershed Center.

  • It’s going to be hot. Do you have water?

  • The best water.

  • It’s going to be really hot. Have you seen the forecast?

  • We have quadrupled the amount of ice and the number of coolers of cold water throughout our festival. We have more misting fans for misting tents, and we’ve increased the amount of tent shade for families. We have the Kingsford Room and the Watershed Center designated for cool down zones in addition to indoor activities to keep everyone happy and hydrated. Bring a water bottle, wear sunscreen – we’re ready for a fun event!

  • What if it rains?

  • This is a Rain or Shine event.

  • Can I drive on the property?

  • No. Parking will be located across the street from the Watershed Center at Bristol-Myers Squibb for no additional cost. Free bus transportation will run throughout the day to the festival and parking areas.

  • Can I walk to/from the parking area?

  • No. We ask that our visitors use the provided bus transportation to and from the parking area at Bristol-Myers Squibb and refrain from walking along the road and in traffic lanes.

  • Can I bring a stroller or wheelchair?

  • Yes. Folding strollers can be brought on the shuttle. Handicap parking will be available.

  • Can we ride our bikes there?

  • Yes. There are bike racks on the Watershed Reserve.

  • Can I bring my dog?

  • We’re sorry, only service animals are permitted.

  • Can I bring alcoholic beverages?

  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted on property. Smoking is also prohibited on our campus.

  • What is the address?

  • 31 Titus Mill Rd. Pennington, NJ 08534 (Follow signs for parking)

  • What are the Festival hours?

  • 10 am – 4 pm

 
 

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