Plans are in place for a joyful celebration for Western Monarch Day at the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove. There will be butterfly talks and educational booths for adults, as well as art activities for children. The main attraction, however, is the thousands of Monarchs hanging in huge clusters from the eucalyptus and pine trees in the grove. The grove will remain open through the month of February from 10am-4pm with docents providing daily talks at 11am and 2pm. For more information, please contact the Visitor Information Center at 800-443-7778 or visit www.MonarchButterfly.org.
Shop on Wednesdays from 2pm-5pm at the Pismo Beach Pier for fresh produce, food and handmade items. For more information, please contact the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce at 800-443-7778 or visit www.pismochamber.com.
The beautiful orange and black “fairy-like” Monarch Butterflies cluster by the thousands in the Eucalyptus trees, giving the appearance of golden leaves. Our Monarch Butterfly Grove is located on Highway 1 just south of the Pismo State Beach North Beach Campground and is the most visited Monarch Grove in the world. The grove is staffed daily by our knowledgeable docents from 10am-4pm, with talks given at 11am and 2pm. Free admission and parking. Don’t miss this spectacular wonder of nature. For more information, please contact the Visitor Information Center at 800-443-7778 or visit www.MonarchButterfly.org.
Holiday Harmony will take place from 6pm-8pm at the Beach Bum Holiday Rental parking lot (off Dolliver & Pomeroy) in downtown Pismo Beach. Kids will have fun with fresh snow, a bounce house, crafts and cookie decorating. Join Santa and carolers at the Beach Bum Holiday Rental parking lot at 5:30pm before he makes his way to the tree lighting ceremony on a fire truck. Participants can enjoy hot drinks and listen to carols as the tree is lit. Kids can have their picture taken with Santa. The official lighting of the city of Pismo Beach will take place at 6pm in conjunction with Holiday Harmony. City officials and local dignitaries will join city residents and visitors to throw the switch that will light up the city and mark the official start of the holiday season. The entire event is free. For more information, please contact the Pismo Beach Parks & Recreation Department at 805-773-7063.
(This happened Wednesday, November 20th.)
Something magical happened in the grove this morning as we opened up. Thousands and thousands of Monarchs were out of the clusters, flying around, drinking the rain drops from the leaves in the garden. It was almost like school children on recess, enjoying the warm sunshine and freshness after the rain, just having fun. I walked into the grove in amazement, and kept saying “Oh my goodness, oh my goodness”, it was so moving. Life is good on mornings like this. They settled down after about an hour of this.
Another docent shared that on a another day when the butterflies were particularly active, a very large group had settled on a cypress tree. There were so many it looked like a decorated Christmas tree. A young couple had stopped in front of the tree and the guy asked one of the docents if she would take their picture. Of course, the answer was yes. He got down on one knee and proposed. Later when one of the docents again saw the couple, the girl showed her the diamond and the guy said that the proposal was supposed to have taken place later, but he was so inspired by the sight that he decided to do it then and there. What a wonderful picture and story they will have.