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Save The Date

"Little Wings on the Prairie" Festival

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Festival Brochure

For information about the 2016 festival, go here

For information about the 2015 festival, go here

Festival Sponsors/Cooperators:

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Prairie Potters Master Gardeners

Sam Missal - Beekeeper

Festival Time: 9 am - Noon
rain or shine, but not in a thunderstorm

10:30 am - Pollinator Parade - for young and old - start working on your costume now! Parents, don't forget your camera.

Kids - If you don't have wings, you can come at 9:00 and we will help you decorate some paper wings and make antennae so you can participate in the parade.

11:30 am - Garden Tour with Amanda Bachmann

Other Activities:

Information on honey bees and honey tasting with Sam Missal.

Face painting by the Miller girls.

Crafts for kids
- make your own antennae headband
- decorate your own wings
- make a butterfly sweet treat
- color and fly nylon disks
- color a t-shirt
- pollinator games

The Discovery Center will disect plants to show plant parts and/or will have a hands-on pollination simulation.

DIY Butterfly Gardening Information - a small starter kit will be available to each family, we have a butterfly/bee seed mix from the Burpee Company, and we will have lots of information about starting your own butterfly garden. Members of the Prairie Potters Master Gardeners and other Master Gardeners will be at the booth to answer questions and give suggestions.

DIY Build a Native Bee Nest

Build a Pollinator Ball with the help of Pheasants Forever. These can be planted in your yard later.

Fort Pierre National Grasslands will have some butterfly metamorphosis activities and making butterfly feeders.

Experts with lots of information on pollinators, monarchs, and butterfly gardening

Monarch Migration Obstacle Course for the kids to run.

2016 maze

OMG - look at the aerial view of the 2016 migration course. All I can say is good luck to all the travelers and take some water and a snack with you. "Mexico" is somewhere near the top of the photo. The butterfly garden is the oval on the right side.


Tiger Swallowtail photo by Doug Backlund,



Where is the Garden?

Oahe-Downstream Location Map

Fort Pierre, South Dakota


The Garden is located south of the parking lot by the Visitor Center. A large kiosk is at the edge of the trail.


Garden Progress

You can also follow the progress on the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area facebook page:




This project was made possible with a grant from the USFWS Connecting People with Nature - Let's Go Outside fund.

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An additional small grant came from the South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society.


USFWS couldn't do this alone - many thanks go to the staff of South Dakota Game Fish & Parks for their participation during all aspects of the project -

Pat Buscher
Eileen Dowd Stukel
Maggie Lindsey
Dave Ode
Ryan Raynor
Pat Thompson



Photos have been provided by:
Doug Backlund



This website was created by Charlene "Charlie" Bessken. If you are interested in helping with this project, feel free to email me at



Last updated: June 14, 2017

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