A Chance to Get Up Close and Personal with Butterflies

July 25, 2020- Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Things To Do
By Kathryn Kickliter, Publisher

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Q: Since schools closed early due to COVID-19, my kids have learned to enjoy the outdoors and are enthralled with butterflies. Can you give me a quick rundown of the butterfly event that the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell is hosting?

A: The “Butterfly Encounter” held by the nature center is this summer’s exhibit and will run through Aug. 2.

The butterfly encounter is held outdoors in a mesh-covered dome structure. Landscaped by nectar and foliage-type plants, at any given time there are hundreds of butterflies fluttering around, feeding on nectar or resting inside.

“It provides an opportunity to personally engage with a really unique part of nature,” Visitor Experience Manager Jana Pearce said.

“Butterflies are very charismatic. I don’t know if it’s the color or the way they move, but people just really connect with them on a deep level,” she added.

Greeted by a butterfly encounter attendant, guests will be given a little bit of butterfly school, provided with some basic guidelines for the visit and help get your nectar stick set up.

The exhibit is self-paced and guests are free to explore as they wish. Changing from week to week there are eight to 12 different species.

“We have really little kids and really tall adults. Your physical perspective of where your eye level hits can totally change your perspective within the encounter,” Pearce said.

“It’s nice to see families leave excited about the time they had and with smiles on their faces,” she said. “My personal gratefulness is that it’s nice to see something positive happening here.”

A small native plant sale is located outside of the tent for those wishing to plant a butterfly garden at home.

The nature center is included in general admission, and the exhibit is open rain or shine. The butterfly encounter is free to CNC members. All tickets must be purchased in advance.

For more information, visit www.chattnaturecenter.org.

Address: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, 30075