News and Events

November 12, 2015

Butterfly Town, USA

Butterfly Town, USA, a film by Dorothy Fadiman and Marlo McKenzie, will screen on November 12.

December 27, 2014

Free Informational Tour Open to All

Please join us on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at 11 AM for a one-hour informational tour of the Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat.  Park in the paved lot at 1610 Kingston Drive.  The entrance to the monarch overwintering site is at the southwest corner of the parking lot.  Meet at the picnic tables to begin your tour, led by members of the Monarch Butterfly Habitat Volunteer Committee.  Rain or wind cancels this free fun family-oriented event.  Questions?   Contact Judy Richards, MBHVC Chair, at

November 6, 2014

Welcome the Monarchs!

Please join us on Thursday evening, 6:30 to 8:00 PM, November 6, 2014 for a Welcome the Monarchs presentation by the Trilogy Monarch Butterfly Habitat Volunteer Committee and the Pismo Beach Monarch Grove Docents and Volunteers.  There will be information about both central coast overwintering sites and a keynote address by Cal Poly Professor Dr. Francis Villablanca on butterfly gardening and the importance of milkweed in the monarch life cycle.  This event is free and open to the public.  It will be held in the Avila Ballroom at the Monarch Club at Trilogy, 1645 Trilogy Parkway, Nipomo California, 93444.

April 27, 2014

Earth Day Tour of the Nipomo Monarch Sanctuary

As a part of the Trilogy at Monarch Dunes Earth Day celebration, MBHVC members Charles Davis and Judy Richards conducted a tour of the monarch habitat on Sunday, April 27, 2014.  Although the monarch butterflies have left our overwintering site for the season, there is still plenty of work going on in the habitat.  The park, picnic area and paved path are open to the public year round from dawn to dusk, with informational signage available to describe the monarch life cycle and migration.&nbps; In this photo, MBHVC member Charles Davis describes the work of the committee to a tour group of new Trilogy members.

Earth Day

March 13, 2014

San Luis Obispo County District 4 Supervisor Caren Ray Tours Butterfly Habitat

San Luis Obispo County District 4 Supervisor Caren Ray took a tour of the Nipomo monarch butterfly overwintering site on Thursday, March 13, 2014.  In this photo, Supervisor Ray enquired about the artificial limb structure and MBHVC Chair Judy Richards is explaining that it was constructed to provide lower growing cluster branches at a level the monarchs seem to prefer (between 25 and 40 feet in the Trilogy habitat).

Ray and Richards

December 29, 2013

The San Luis Obispo Tribune Celebrates Dr Kingston Leong’s Work with the Monarch Butterflies!

The Monarch Butterfly Habitat Volunteer Committee thanks Dr Kingston Leong for his leadership and unflagging patience in helping us develop the overwintering sanctuary here at Trilogy at Monarch Dunes on the Nipomo mesa.  To read all about Dr Leong’s efforts on behalf of the monarchs here in San Luis Obispo County, please see the following article which appeared in the SLO Tribune on December 29, 2013:

Don’t miss all the photographs, many of which were taken the same week in our butterfly sanctuary.  Congratulations, Kingston!

Last updated 25 Apr 2015.