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Monarch Grove Sanctuary

Address: Ridge Road, one block west of the intersection of Lighthouse Avenue and 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Phone Number: 831-648-5716
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer monarch docents, who assist...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Monarch Sanctuary is open from sunrise to sunset, but volunteer monarch docents, who assist with the viewing of monarchs and can answer questions about the butterflies and their migration, are only there from 12pm-3pm as available. It is highly recommended that you go to the Sanctuary when a docent is present. There is no charge to visit the Sanctuary, but donations are accepted.The Monarchs arrive in the Sanctuary towards the end of October, and leave around the beginning of March. The monarch population peaks the week after Thanksgiving. The monarch migration to Pacific Grove is so inspiring that Pacific Grove is nicknamed "Butterfly Town, U.S.A." The community has always welcomed the butterflies and sought their protection. Citizens of Pacific Grove voted to create an additional tax to create the Monarch Grove Sanctuary, led by dedicated volunteers.The volunteers at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary are from the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. The Museum, which is just about mile away from the Sanctuary, has a large exhibition on monarch butterflies containing videos and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. As both the Museum and Sanctuary are free, it's great to pair them together to get the most out of your experience to the monarch Sanctuary.

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Hickman, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

You will learn a lot on a quick walk through this wooded sanctuary. There are nice benches, wonderful paths, and a terrific photo opportunities! The docents are incredibly knowledgeable!!

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

During Monarch season, you cannot miss this experience. We went about 11am and the naturalists arrived shortly after. They set up a telescope so you can see deep into the grove where they are just awakening for the day. By the time we left they were flying all around us and we could see the ones hanging in huge clumps... More 

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Rohnert Park, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

There were many butterflies on October. They sleep until the sun hits them about 10:30am. Camera flashes disturb their sleep. Very majestic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Loved the stay at Butterfly Inn and Monarch Retreat. Peaceful environment, close to beach for wave viewing and wide variety of restaurant choices.

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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Their docents are very informative. If I had gone there and not had the docents to explain what was happening it would have been a pretty boring experience. But once they tell you what you are looking at, it was really interesting. They help you to appreciate the wonder of what you are seeing.

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Monarch Grove is a wonderful place to stroll during migration season. There are nicely done interpretative signs along the path and usually a docent present to answer any questions. We visited the grove mid-day because we were told the Monarchs would be most active then. Even though there weren't very many monarchs present, the ones we did see were beautiful.... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Not far off Lighthouse Ave, at the far north end away from the restaurant district, is this grove of tall pines and eucalypts. We arrived at 11 am, just as the weather was warming and the butterflies were becoming active. We saw only one species here, monarchs, which evidently use this Sanctuary. No dogs allowed. No dedicated parking, but some... More 

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Folsom, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

During the months mid-October to mid-February, thousands of monarch butterflies show up at this little park to 'winter'. There is parking at the top at the nearby Monarch hotel and at the bottom along the street. Populations of butterflies has varied year to year. Sometimes the trees are swarming with large colonies, some years you only see a few dozen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This is a short walk through the Monarch Sanctuary. Anyone can walk it. They are a bit sparse this year, but Very beautiful. Many are in the Pine trees instead of the eucalyptus trees. Great for pictures.

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

It wasn't what I expected, but it was a great treat to see monarchs not in an enclosure. The sanctuary is in a neighborhood with parking on the road. It was difficult to find a spot to park. There are only a few trees with large clusters of monarchs. Having docents with their telescopes set up to help with the... More 

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