Youngsters learn about ‘Magnificent Monarchs’ at Tomahawk Public Library

By Sarah Greil

TOMAHAWK – Because of the poor air quality, on Thursday, June 29, the Tomahawk Public Library moved their special event indoors for the health of those participating.

Licia Johnson, a naturalist from the North Lakeland Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters, brought her knowledge of monarch butterflies to young library goers with “Magnificent Monarchs.”

Licia used her hands-on models and invited volunteers to role-play about the life cycle of monarch butterflies. Spectators were able to meet live monarch caterpillars up close and marvel at the beauty of the monarch chrysalis. Those who stayed after the program made a monarch craft and played a game where they tried to survive monarch migration.

Some local and visiting elementary students later shared what they had learned.

“I think it’s cool that they only migrate to only one place in the whole world,” said Missy, age 10. “I’d like to see that.”

“I didn’t know that monarchs only laid their eggs on milkweed,” said Josiah, age 8. “And I didn’t know that they went through four stages in their life.”

Contributed photo.

From Guided Nature Tours and Lakeside Yoga to Dillinger Pontoon Tours and Story Walks, North Lakeland Discovery Center offers almost daily activities for all ages and interests.

Discovery Hall, their new nature center, is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., where you can “visit the live animals, climb up to the eagle nest, dive under the beaver lodge, and put your naturalist skills to the test at the discovery table.”

Visit to see how you can explore nature at North Lakeland Discovery Center.

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