Butterfly Wonderland is excited to bring passionate people doing interesting work in the field of conservation to share their insights and projects with the community. Each event in the series includes admission to the featured speaker’s lecture and Q&A session.

Price: $15 Adults, $10 for Students with ID (must present valid student ID at the door)
Free for all Annual Passholders & Lifetime Members (show your member card at the door)

Time: 6-7pm
Doors open at 5:45 PM

Location: Butterfly Wonderland. Lectures will held in the theater.


Are Monarchs Endangered?
Gail Morris
Thursday, Feb. 15

These iconic butterflies are in the news often and usually cast with a troubling future. In this talk, Gail will take us on a journey through the life-cycle dynamics of monarchs, recent annual population counts, and how you can help monarchs and other pollinators flourish. She’ll also explain the recent IUCN change of status for monarchs and the Fish & Wildlife standing for monarchs under the Endangered Species Act.

Gail Morris has been researching monarch butterflies since 2006 and volunteers as a board member of the Central Arizona Butterfly Association and several monarch organizations. She is the Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study and regularly writes for Journey North’s Western Monarch Updates during the migration and has authored several monarch publications. Gail dedicates her time training Community Scientists to participate in monarch research, education, and conservation.


Bringing the Sonoran Desert to the Spaces Where We Live, Work, and Play
Danielle Carlock
Thursday, March 28

In this dynamic presentation, Danielle will explore some of our local native plants, how we can incorporate them into our outdoor spaces to support wildlife, and how you can engage with the Maricopa Native Seed Library and Pollinator Pathway projects to support these efforts. While our connections to nature have become more tenuous, we are discovering just how important these connections are, not only for the planet’s health, but for our own. By adjusting our landscaping practices and attitudes toward gardening, Danielle will share how we can reconnect to nature and experience joy by helping native plants and wildlife thrive in the places where we live, work, and play.

Danielle Carlock is the founder of the Maricopa Native Seed Library and the Maricopa Pollinator Pathway at Maricopa Community Colleges, where she is on the library faculty. She is based at South Mountain Community College, specializes in science librarianship, and is a former biology teacher. Danielle has been avidly gardening with Sonoran Desert plants for 13 years and is active with the Arizona Native Plant Society.