Magenta, cobalt gold and green. These are a few of the spectacular colors we see every spring and summer when the butterflies return. The colors serve many purposes, such as providing camouflage, warning other creatures or attracting mates. But, for most of us, butterfly wings are simply fun to look at. There are over 165,000 known species of butterflies found on every continent except Antarctica, so you can imagine the variety of colors and patterns that exist. But, why imagine when you can see for yourself at the Turtle Back Zoo this July.
From July 14 through July 28, the Essex County Environmental Center in West Orange will feature a Butterfly Tent Safari. This interactive display will feature live native butterflies for families to observe and enjoy.
In addition to the public viewing times, the Environmental Center is offering butterfly-themed family programs that include access to the butterfly tent on Saturdays, July 14th, 21st and 28th. The themed programs will include a butterfly gardening workshop, education classes, story telling and arts & crafts. Cost of the family programs is $10 per child and $12 per adult. Pre-registration is required.
For tickets and more information call the Essex County Environmental Center at 973-228-8776.