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pismo monarch butterflies

Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove Sanctuary – November through February, stop at Pismo Beach to see scads of monarch butterflies clustered in the eucalyptus trees.

      In the winter months, thousands of butterflies migrate to the central California coast, and this monarch sancutary is one of the best viewing sites. In the trees, the butterflies shelter together, or fly about – one might even land on your shoulder.
      Be sure to bring your binoculars to see the butterflies high up in the trees. Spotting scopes are often set up also.
      Grove is open daily, sunrise to sunset, and is free. Benches and paved walkway through the trees.
      Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove is located off Highway 1, south of Pismo Beach town (if you reach Grover Beach, you've gone too far).

Camp at the beach – In the summer months, camp at Pismo State Beach. Two campgrounds are available – North Beach and Oceano Campgrounds. Long sandy beach, trails around freshwater Oceano Lagoon. Campground reservations available online: ReserveCalifornia.

kids books monarch butterflies
monarch butterfly  
Monarch Butterfly
Gail Gibbons

Before you view the monarch butterfly grove at Pismo Beach, learn out about the life cycle of the monarch, and migration of adult butterflies in fall and spring. (Picture book)



See the metamorphosis of a monarch butterfly from egg into caterpillar, chrysalis, emerging as a beautiful orange and black butterfly. Monarch butterflies fly away, migrate in autumn ... and next spring, a new egg. Lift the flap to reveal bright monarchs in the cycle of life. (Lift-the-flap board book)


the butterfly garden
(More children's books on other California pages)
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