Anne Outdoors
Growing up on a farm in Michigan, I have been interested in outdoor activities all my life.  Gardening, birding, watching butterflies, and hiking are some of my hobbies.  I am available to present programs on gardening for birds and/or butterflies and to lead nature hikes.
Anne Parmley,
Metropolis Garden Club President
Garden Clubs of Illinois, District VII,  Bees, Birds, & Butterflies Chairman
Master Naturalist
Founding Member of the Massac Nature Study Society
Shawnee Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society Member
Friends of the Cache River Watershed Board Member
Butterfly Enthusiast

The next meeting of the Metropolis Garden Club will be on Monday, October 14,  9:30 a.m., at the Metropolis Community Center, 900 West 10th Street, Metropolis.  Hostesses will be  Bonnie Middagh, Amy Morgan, and Barb Krempasky.  The program will be our Annual Craft Day.

Metropolis Garden Club Field Trip:  Monday, September 23, Ferne Clyffe State Park, meet at the Community Center at 9 a.m. or at the Ferne Clyffe Lake at 9:45 a.m. Please bring your own lunch and drink.  

The Massac Nature Study Society will meet on Saturday, September 21, at 9 a.m., at the Cache River Wetlands Center.   We will meet in front of the building, then walk along the trail near the slough, looking for warblers and other birds.  We will also attend the 10 o’clock program on Monarch Butterfly Migration, followed by lunch at Los Marias (optional).   Anyone with an interest in nature is invited to attend this free event.

 Here is information about the monarch program from Molie Oliver at the Wetlands Center.  “Each year the fourth generation of the magnificent monarch butterfly migrates up to 2,500 miles from North America to central Mexico for the winter.  Monarch Watch Association a citizen science project has been tagging and monitoring migrating monarchs since 1992. Join us at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, Cache River State Natural Area, Cache River Wetlands Center for a presentation by Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Pringle, Tuscola, IL, on natural history of monarchs, and then spend the rest of the day capturing, identifying, tagging monarch butterflies for Monarch Watch, and releasing butterflies.   Visitors may borrow nets to capture and tag monarchs for Monarch Watch during hours of operation, Wednesday-Sunday, into October.”


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A local source for native plants is Southernwood Gardens, phone: 618 833 2769 or 697 3798, located at 4650 Rhine Rd, Alto Pass, IL.