“Butterflies Live,” an interactive and educational exhibit created by California’s SkyRiver Butterflies, is inspired by the indigenous environments of America’s national parks.
The habitat will feature native plants that attract butterflies and encourage pollination. More than 1,000 butterflies, of 20 domestic and exotic species, will be included in this engaging attraction.
Upon entering the room, guests of all ages will have the chance to roam among and feed the butterflies. The exhibition space is filled with a vast selection of plants and heated to the right temperature to simulate the butterflies’ natural habitat.
Artists will create painted environments on canvas columns, surrounded by wood structures painted sky blue, white, and pink, to give a feeling of walking among the clouds with the butterflies.
“Butterflies are critically endangered,” says John Dailey of SkyRiver Butterflies. “There has been a 90% drop in butterfly numbers, due, in part, to their habitats being converted to farmland and sprayed with herbicides.” The life cycle of the butterfly, as well as the importance of protecting their fragile habitat, will be illustrated as part of “Butterflies Live.”
Room 204 B-C, Grand Concourse
Members' Preview Day (March 4, 12 - 3 pm)
March 5 - March 6, 8 am - 8 pm
March 7 - March 11, 10 am - 8 pm
March 12, 8 am - 8 pm
March 13, 8 am - 5 pm
Tickets are an additional $3 per person. A separate ticket is required for the Butterfly Experience. Guests may purchase onsite at the Show or in advance online.