Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tyler Arboretum’s Butterflies and Buggy Buddies



Families are invited to say goodbye to the butterflies at Tyler Arboretum’s Butterflies and Buggy Buddies event on Sunday, September 2,from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The event is free with regular admission and includes oodles of insect-related activities to entertain kids of all ages.

Unlike other local butterflies, monarchs end the summer with migration, flying thousands of miles to overwinter in the mountainous cloud forests of Mexico. Come say farewell to these black-and-orange flutterers as they are released from Tyler Arboretum’s Butterfly House Exhibit to begin their amazing journey. As the butterflies depart, they will be tagged for Monarch Watch, an educational outreach program that uses citizen scientists to track migration patterns. Tagging will occur from 11am – 1 pm.
Monarchs may be the stars of this family-friendly celebration, but they are not the only buggy buddies you will find. Discover live insects from around the world with Jon the Bugman, dig for wiggly worms while learning about worm composting and practice how to eat like a bug, play insect games, participate in Bug Olympics, and have fun with make-and-take crafts. Use your imagination to draw insect chalk murals on Arboretum sidewalks. Families are invited to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds.

Event is free with regular admission; $9 Adults, $5 kids (ages 3-15), under age 3 free and always FREE for members. Visit www.tylerarboretum.org for more information. Rain or shine


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