Butterflies & Blooms is a Week-Long Festival of Art, Music, Workshops, & Family Activities Celebrating the Beauty and Ecology of our Local Pollinators

Thank You for an Outstanding 2021 Butterflies & Blooms Festival!

We had a blast! A big thank you goes out to all of the fabulous folks who led workshops and activities all week, our stupendous sponsors (see below), and our wonderful volunteers and partner organizations for helping us make it happen! We love spending time at Stony Kill with all of you!


Show off your love of the farm and Butterflies and Blooms with a stylish new tee! Our limited edition indigo blue Butterflies & Blooms shirts are available in limited supply.


Support the farm and become a community scientist, helping track the great Monarch butterfly migration. We are raising Monarchs and will tag and release them when they emerge from their crysalids. When you Adopt a Butterfly, you choose a name for a Monarch, and we will send you their photo and tag number so you can track them through MonarchWatch.org.


Festival sponsors help support the festival and Stony Kill Foundation’s work providing community programming and youth outdoor education all year round and keeping Stony Kill Farm going for our 19,000+ visitors each year.


Saturday August 14th

10 am – 12 pm
Butterfly Discovery Walk
with Barry Haydasz from the Cary Institute
All ages | $5 | Meets at the Verplanck Garden by the Manor House
Join butterfly expert Barry Haydasz on an exploration of the Stony Kill’s gardens and grounds, discovering butterflies and moths. Bring binoculars if you have them (close focus are best) and be prepared for time in the sunny gardens! Limited spaces available.
3 – 5 pm
Centerpiece Flower Arrangement for Beginners Workshop
with Rebecca Cossa
Ages 12+ | $25 | Meets at the picnic tables by the Manor House
Learn from NYS Certified Agriculture Teacher and NYBG certified floral designer in this hands-on workshop about floral design concepts and materials, arrangement techniques, and resources for further learning. Focus will be on using wild-grown and purchased flower materials for home use and events.
6 – 7 pm
Yoga by the Garden
with Lauren Magarelli from beBhakti Yoga Center
Ages 16+ | $10 | Meets by the Verplanck Garden by the Manor House | Bring a mat and water bottle
An evening class beside the beautiful flowers and butterflies of the Verplanck Perennial Garden. If rain is forecasted, the class will be inside the Learning Center. Limited spaces available.

Sunday August 15th

9 am
Wings on the Farm Bird Walk
with Olivia Castenada and Conor Quinn
All ages | $5 | Meets at Stony Kill’s big red livestock barn
Bring your binoculars and for an amateur bird walk around the farm. We will explore many of the farm’s popular birding spots. Some extra binoculars available. Limited spaces available.
10 am – 1 pm
Pollinator Plant Sale & Farm Shop
with the Verplanck Garden Club
All ages | Located at Stony Kill’s big red livestock barn
Select from an array of pollinator plants, cut flowers, and farm goods and visit the Stony Kill animals during Open Barn.
11 am
Pollinator Garden Walk
with Adrienne Papazian
Ages 16+ | $5 | Meets at the Verplanck Garden by the Manor House
Host plants really work and late summer the action begins to pick up at the garden. We will check plants for eggs and caterpillars, and observe the diversity of all things pollinator. Limited spaces available.

Tuesday, August 17th

10 – 11 am
The Art of Papermaking Youth Workshop
with Stacey Lynch Adnams
Ages 5+ (under 7 accompanied by adult) | $5 | Meets at the Verplanck Garden by the Manor House
Let’s dip into the vat and make art with paper! We’ll pull sheets of recycled paper and create garden scenes and butterflies with pulp paint! Dress to get wet and messy. Limited spaces available.

Wednesday, August 18th

10 – 11 am
Paper Quilling Workshop
with Naflah Mohammed
Ages 10+ | $5 | Meets at the picnic tables by the Manor House
Join artist and High School student, Naflah Mohammed to learn paper quilling, the art of rolling colorful strips of paper into forms to create decorative designs. Participants will make greeting cards with a butterfly design. Limited spaces available.

Thursday, August 19th

6 – 7:30 pm
Introduction to Beekeeping
with Andrew Buckland
Ages 8+ | $5 | Meets at the Learning Center by the Manor House
Thinking about raising bees? Learn what is involved, the equipment needed, and the time and cost it takes to raise a happy, healthy hive. Limited spaces available.

Friday, August 20th

8:30 pm
After-Dark Moth Walk
with Margaret Maruschak
All ages | $5 | Meets at the Verplanck Garden by the Manor House
Join us for an after hours walk as we search the farm and forest for fluttering night life. Wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers and bring bug spray and a flashlight. Limited spaces available.

Saturday, August 21st

10 am
How Do Butterflies Get Their Names? Family Workshop
with Tara O’Grady
Ages K-12 (children accompanied by adult) | $5 | Meets at the picnic tables by the Manor House
From the Dreamy Duskywing to the Coral Hairstreak, how do butterflies get their names? In this creative workshop with Butterfly Coach, Author and Educator, Tara O’Grady, participants will identify and notice the unique names, patterns and colors of specific species. They will then co-create with Mother Nature by designing and naming their very own butterfly breeds based on imaginative characteristics.
2 – 4 pm
Butterfly Wagon Decorating
All ages | Free | Meets at the picnic tables by the Manor House
Drop by and lend a hand as we transform our hay wagon into a beautiful butterfly in time for afternoon hay rides beginning at 4pm.
4 – 6 pm
Hay Rides in the Butterfly Wagon
All ages | Free | Rides leave from in front of the Manor House
Bounce along in the hay wagon as we pass field and forest and enjoy a jovial afternoon.
6 pm
Concert on the Lawn
featuring The Big Band Sound
All ages | Free | On the Lawn in front of the Manor House | Rain date Aug 22
Bring a picnic, lawn chairs and blanket, dance along, and enjoy a relaxing evening of music in a beautiful setting. The Big Band Sound is a 20-piece jazz orchestra that recreates the swinging sounds of the big band era, performing compositions that span an entire century of music.