Fun for the Whole Family at Fairchild’s Butterfly Days!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

 

For Immediate Release

 Fun for the Whole Family at Fairchild’s Butterfly Days!

 Coral Gables, FL, September 9, 2011—Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Miami Blue Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association will once again host Butterfly Days at Fairchild, a weekend of events celebrating butterfly appreciation, conservation and education, taking place from 9:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. Explore the fantastic world of butterflies with Fairchild’s packed agenda for the weekend!  Learn to identify Florida butterflies, take a butterfly walk with South Florida experts through the Lisa D. Anness Butterfly Garden at Fairchild, learn about butterfly conservation, engage in children’s activities throughout the day and choose from various butterfly plant sales.

 Here is this year’s schedule:

Lectures

Stop into one of the many lectures and presentations throughout the weekend to learn about conservation, butterfly gardening, photography and more. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to have books signed by some of our leading butterfly experts. 

 

Lecturer’s include:
Rick Check, Naturalist and Author
David Wagner, Professor, University of Connecticut
Marc Minno, Scientist, St. John’s River Water Management District
Roger Hammer, Interpretative Naturalist and Author
Cindy David, Butterfly Garden Designer
Georgia Tasker, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Linda Evans, Vice President of the Miami Blue Chapter of NABA
Becky Smith, Vice President of the Miami Blue Chapter of NABA
Jason Lopez, Living Collections Manager, FTBG 

 

Educational Activities

Do butterflies and moths change color to survive? Or do they mimic their predators as a trick? Learn how butterflies survive in their habitats with hands-on activities and fun for the whole family. Also learn how to create your own butterfly haven at home! 

 

Butterfly Attracting Plants and Herbs

 

Local Organizations

Learn what local non-profits and conservation organizations are doing to help protect our native butterfly population. 

 

Marketplace

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Butterfly Walk and Survey - 9:00 a.m. Saturday ONLY

Take a hike around Fairchild and through our natural butterfly habitats to see some of South Florida’s rarest species. Hike led by Linda Evans, Miami Blue Chapter of NABA, Joe Barros, President of Tropical Audubon Society and Elizabeth Golden, Park Biologist, Bill Bags State Park. Please Note: Butterfly walks are often lead off of garden paths and may take over an hour to complete. Closed toe shoes, sunscreen and water are encouraged for walk participants.

 

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. It is one of the premier conservation and education-based gardens in the world and a recognized international leader in both Florida and international conservation. Fairchild has field programs in over 20 countries throughout the tropical world including the Indonesia, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia. Fairchild’s palm and cycad collections are considered the greatest collections in the world and are nationally recognized by the American Public Gardens Association. Fairchild has the largest education program in a metropolitan area reaching more than 100,000 schoolchildren in 2011. Fairchild hosts popular events like the Chocolate, Mango, Orchid, Food and Garden, Ramble and Edible Garden Festivals, as well as an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant shows and sales, evening events and more. Fairchild is a not-for-profit organization with 45,000 members. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, Florida, 33156. Admission is $25 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 6-17 and free to children 5 and under and Fairchild members. Information at www.fairchildgarden.org and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Media Contacts:

Paula Fernández de los Muros                                             Kim Bobson

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden                           Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

pfernandez@fairchildgarden.org                              Kbobson@fairchildgarden.org

  1. 305-667-1651, ext. 3392                                         305-667-1651, ext 3371

 

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