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This monarch overwintering spot takes you back in time to the early 1900s. The farm is fully-functioning, using techniques and crops from the last 100 years. For around $5 (depending on the day and time of year), you can wander around the property and check out the monarchs clustered in the trees.
Take a day trip down to “Butterfly Town, USA.” Pacific Grove voted in favor of a special tax to create a butterfly sanctuary and “butterfly molestation” is a fineable offense within the town’s borders. The sanctuary itself is free and there are docents available from 12-3 between November and February to help you find the roosts.
The Nectar Garden is the perfect spot to get up close and personal with monarchs. It’s open from 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Be sure to check the calendar for naturalist-led programs before you go.
The roosts can get large at this site. The surrounding area’s mild winter climate and large stands of eucalyptus (the monarch’s favorite) make this an ideal spot to overwinter. In 2016, officials reported over 8,000 individuals during the entire season.
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 76,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.