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Tue, Aug 15


The Jenks Center

Magical Monarchs with Elke Jahns-Harms

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Magical Monarchs with Elke Jahns-Harms
Magical Monarchs with Elke Jahns-Harms

Time & Location

Aug 15, 2023, 11:00 AM EDT

The Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Rd, Winchester, MA 01890, USA

About the Event

In this lively presentation, Elke will discuss facts and myths about monarchs and share heartwarming stories and captivating photos from their experiences.  She will likely have caterpillars and chrysalises to show and can share tips for those who’d like to try raising a few butterflies at home. Elke and her husband Garth have gotten to know these magical creatures well while raising and releasing over two hundred butterflies. Learn what makes these butterflies so special. How we can help them and what happens when some tough urban teens encounter a butterfly raised by their classmates. 

Elke Jahns-Harms teaches International Development Aid at The Fletcher School of Tufts University, and previously taught Music and Social Change at the New England Conservatory. She and her husband began raising monarch butterflies a few years ago and have coached friends and neighbors to raise them as well. They continue to be moved and amazed at how people react to these lovely creatures. Elke holds a PhD in International Relations, a Master’s in Music, and a B.A. in Geology and Environmental Science. She has presented her talk on monarchs for conservation organizations, garden clubs, public libraries, and continuing ed programs. 

Sponsored by the John and Mary Murphy Foundation.

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