The 2017 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival will be held
Saturday, April 29th from 10am to 4pm.
Vendor applications are now being accepted.
Sponsor opportunities are still available.
Contact us today to reserve your spot or for more information!
The 2016 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival was be held on Saturday, April 30th from 10am to 4pm.
This year we are celebrating our 15th anniversary of the festival and are planning for it to be the best year yet.
Each year, Tree Hill Nature Center hosts this unique community event that culminates in a live butterfly release. The event has animal encounters, live music and games as well as crafts and more! We love having local vendors sell their crafts and goods! This year, for our 15th anniversary, we are highlighting the role that Tree Hill Nature Center plays in promoting local and sustainable foods. Tree Hill Nature Center is home to chickens, goats and many species of pollinators. Eggs from the chickens are used to feed our other animals, such as our opossum, Little Bit, but are also donated to Arlington Community Services' food pantry through the Arlington Community Garden. The goats and chickens provide compost for our plants around the property and in the community garden. Did you know you can come to Tree Hill anytime and pick up our finished compost for your own garden? The community garden was established in 2010 and has provided over 3,000 pounds of fresh food to the food pantry. We have begun the expansion of our goat habitat and have plans to expand the chicken pens to allow for more residents and more exhibits. Tree Hill Nature Center serves as a model for hobby farm enthusiasts and is excited to be expanding on that work.
Are you interested in helping with the 2016 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival?
- This year we will have an area for giant Jenga. Our boards are already cut, but we need someone to paint them for us. Are you interested in helping us paint the boards?
- We are looking for vendors who can do demonstrations. Are you a business or non-profit who does glass bowling? milks goats or sheep? makes jam? We want you to help educate the public about the valuable skills you posses!
- Are you an artist or do you enjoy drawing? We need you to help us with our face painting area for the children (and adults!) on the day of the Festival.
If you're interested in any of these opportunities or have a question please get in touch with us at 904-724-4646 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Thank you to all of our sponsors and vendors who made the 2015 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival a success. Our sponsors included:
- Mr. Joseph A. Strasser
- JaxMetro Credit Union
- Jacksonville Port Authority
- Mallen Construction
- BKCK Transportation
- EU Jacksonville
- Krispy Kreme
The severe weather caused us to cancel the event half way through the day. Tree Hill Nature Center has only canceled the butterfly release one other time in its 15 year history. This year was on track to break all of our previous records for attendance and we are eager to see what 2016 brings!
Thanks to all who participated in the 2014 Joseph A. Strasser Butterfly Festival. We raised more than $43,000 for science and nature education in Jacksonville!
Check out a slideshow from the event.
Photos by Jim Messer
Thanks to our 2014 sponsors
Mr. Joseph A. Strasser
Thanks to our 2013 sponsors: