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Butterfly Encounter

Butterfly Encounter is now closed. Butterflies will return June 2018.

Butterfly Encounter Presented By

The year’s most popular exhibit is back for this summer! This special outdoor exhibit is open every day June 5 – July 31, is included with General Admission and FREE to CNC Members*. Get up close and personal with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Photo opportunities abound, be sure to bring your camera! For more information about the Butterfly Encounter, contact us at 770-992-2055 x238

Special Dates: June

Members Only Hour:

  • Saturday, June 10, 9-10am Butterfly encounter opens early exclusively for our members.

Family Friendly Breakfast with Butterflies
Sunday, June 11, 10AM – 12PM

Have you ever wanted some one-on-one time with several species of butterflies?  Join us for a family-friendly morning with exclusive access to the butterfly encounter where you can enjoy a light breakfast, experience several species of butterflies in the CNC’s Butterfly Encounter tent and explore the grounds prior to opening.  Register by June 8 – Limited Spaces; Ages 4 to Adult; $25 General Public / $15 CNC Members

Sunset Sips: Thursday, June 22, 6:30-9:30pm: Butterfly Encounter will be open during our evening program. Sunset Sips is also included with General Admission and FREE to CNC Members. You’ll be able to observe how butterflies slow down at dusk and even tuck in for the evening. More information at the Sunset Sips Landing Page!

Special Dates: July

Members Only Hour:

  • Saturday July 8, 9-10am Butterfly encounter opens early exclusively for our members.

Family-Friendly Breakfast with Butterflies
Sunday, July 9; 10AM – 12PM

Have you ever wanted some one-on-one time with several species of butterflies?  Join us for a family-friendly morning with exclusive access to the butterfly encounter where you can enjoy a light breakfast, experience several species of butterflies in CNC’s Butterfly Encounter tent and explore the grounds prior to opening.  Ages 4 – Adult; $25 General Public / $15 CNC Members; Register by July 6 (limited spaces.)

Butterfly Encounter Photography Workshop
Sunday, July 23, 10am – 2pm,

Join Atlanta based nature photographer Eric Bowles for a workshop to help you to make better photographs of butterflies and other garden subjects.  You’ll have private access to the Butterfly Encounter and the butterfly garden, along with classroom time to talk about technique, equipment, and tips.  Ages 16+, $40 General Public/$30 CNC Members; Registration required by July 13

Whether you are a novice or an advanced photographer, we all love photographing colorful butterflies on bright garden plants. The Butterfly Encounter provides a perfect opportunity to photograph lots of butterflies in a controlled environment. This is a hands on program with instruction and coaching while you are photographing the butterflies. In addition, we’ll go out into the butterfly garden to photograph wild butterflies in a natural environment filled with garden plants that attract butterflies.

This workshop is intended to help you understand how to make better images of butterflies and other insects in a natural environment. You’ll learn about what camera settings to use for butterfly photos, how to create outstanding compositions, tips on field techniques for butterflies, editing tips for your images, and much more.

Eric Bowles is a professional nature photographer leading workshops and providing private instruction throughout the southeast. His photography has been featured in galleries, publications and collections of businesses and individuals.  Eric is a featured photographer on The Weather Channel. Eric is a Board member of the North American Nature Photography Association and a past Board member of Georgia Nature Photography Association.

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