ROSWELL, Ga. - It’s a sure sign that warmer weather has arrived – the appearance of colorful butterflies fluttering through gardens across North Georgia. And for the fifth straight year, a local nature center is offering people a chance to get closer than ever to these vibrant insects.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell is opening up its annual Butterfly Encounter again this year, from June 4 through July 31. The encounter brings visitors into a tent filled with hundreds of butterflies, all of which are native the area and live off the encounter’s nectar plants. Aside from being a cool experience (and a great photo op!), Chattahoochee Nature Center staffers use the encounter as a chance to educate the public on the importance of butterflies, and also how to use specific plants to not only attract the insects, but to help them thrive. One well-known example is milkweed, which is the only plant upon which Monarch caterpillars will eat. This means without milkweed, Monarch butterfly populations will decline.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center is located at 9135 Willeo Road in Roswell, and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays and Noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The Butterfly Encounter is open daily, but closes at 4:30 p.m. General admission to the CNC is $10 for adults and $6 for kids ages three to 12.
Good Day Atlanta’s Paul Milliken is a big fan of the Butterfly Encounter, and always learns something new there. So he spent the morning at the Chattahoochee Nature Center getting some great information – and snapping some great pictures!