More than 275 children flocked to Hemisfair Park on Friday for the Monarch Butterfly Conservation Program.

This family-friendly event, hosted by UTSA and BASF, was the first event of its kind and took families on the monarch butterfly’s migration pattern from Canada through the U.S. and onto Mexico.

“The event was great fun as well as a way to raise awareness for this cause, with two informative presentations where families could witness a simulated migration, coupled with an on-site face painter and butterfly wings for the kids to wear,” Katie McCombie, one of the organizers, wrote.

The event was free to the public and sought to educate the community about the monarch’s relationship with the milkweed habitat. UTSA students and faculty members are actively involved in researching the milkweed plant, deemed a necessity to the monarch butterfly’s existence.

BASF said it is dedicated to restoring the monarch butterfly population through awareness and practical steps for individuals.