Blooms & Butterflies

15Jun2024It is time to CELEBRATE the return of the Blooms & Butterflies to our area at a fun, family-friendly event this Father’s Day weekend!!

The festivities start at 9 am with a scenic 5K Butterfly Run/Walk along the Umpqua River-butterfly costumes encouraged!

Enjoy free kids’ activities, live music, craft vendors, information booths and food throughout the day. Take a tour of historic Fort Umpqua and learn about the life cycle of native butterflies in the ECEC flight room. Find garden-themed presents in our Gift Shop and plants for your own backyard habitat in our Native Plant Nursery. Scroll down for a full schedule.

All event proceeds support ECEC’s educational programs.

We hope you’ll join us!


Kids 18 and under can enjoy a free lunch from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Outpost Cafe! (Tasty baked goods, coffee drinks and smoothies are available at an affordable price all day.)

ECEC is pleased to be part of the Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program this year to provide nutrition to young people while school is out. Free meals are available throughout the summer in our student-run cafe. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Thank you to our event sponsors and volunteers for making the Festival & Butterfly Run event fun for the whole family!


Event Schedule

8:00 am- Outpost Cafe opens for drinks; full service at 9 am

9:00 am- Butterfly Flight Room & Fort Umpqua Tours begin

9:30 am- Post-Run Cool Down Yoga opens (drop in)

9:00 am- Butterfly 5K Run/Walk

10:00 am- Vendor booths open

10:45 am- Family Singalong on the Greenhouse Patio

11:15 am- Award Ceremony & Costume Contest

11:45 am- Live Music with KT and the Love Notes

1:15 am- Butterfly talk with ECEC’s Butterfly Steward

1:30 pm- Live Music with Decor’mm


Enjoy the Native Plant Nursery, Gift Shop and “Rivers” Art Show while you’re on site!

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