Plan on venturing outdoors this weekend? The zoo is a great destination for some early spring adventures. Henson Robinson Zoo began as a dream of a prominent Springfield citizen, Henson C. Robinson. In 1967, the city of Springfield donated a tract of land to the Springfield Park District and construction of the zoo began the next year. Since then, the zoo has grown and expanded with the addition of new animals and exhibits. This year you can visit the zoo during its upcoming opening day and learn about the world of eastern monarch butterflies, including their life cycle and the conservation efforts to protect them. These important pollinators pass through Illinois on their annual northern migration route from the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico to Canada from March through May. The monarch is the only butterfly known to make an annual two-way migration – some flying up to 3,000 miles one way. The zoo plans to make the Henson Robinson Eastern Monarch Day an annual opening day event as a way to help educate the community about these amazing insects.

Opening day at the zoo
Sat., March 20, 12-4pm
Henson Robinson Zoo
1100 E. Lake Shore Dr.
217-585-1821
$5-$7

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