Monarch MadnessWilliamsport- ‘Monarch Madness’ will be the topic of a Children’s Workshop held in the Community Room of the Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society on Saturday, October 19 at 2:00 pm. Katie Cassidy will conduct the free workshop. The workshop is sponsored by a grant provided by the Free and Accepted Masons to the Taber Museum.

During this session, youth will learn about the unique journey of the Monarch butterfly, its life cycle, and particular eating habits. Learn why some of these beautiful creatures migrate and some stay put, as well as what you can do to help boost populations of monarchs right at home! Participants will create a seed ball to take home and plant, as well as their very own paper finger butterfly. As time permits, several videos may be shared.

Katie Cassidy has a Forest Biology degree and a Master's Degree in Agricultural Extension Education from Penn State University. She is the Program and Outreach Coordinator for the Wildlife Leadership Academy. Katie works with students who are interested in wildlife, conservation, and the outdoors, supporting them on their educational journey from high school to career by offering opportunities like college visit days, attending professional conferences, and personal mentorship. Katie enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with youth of all ages!

The workshop is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is strongly suggested. A child may be registered by calling 570.326.3326 or by signing up via The workshop is the third in a series of scientific Children’s Workshops, supported by a grant from the Free and Accepted Masons. The museum is located at 858 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. Ample parking is found to the rear of the building or on the street.