Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosts Birmingham Butterfly Education and Awareness Day on June 13
In cooperation with Birmingham Zoo, Ruffner Mountain, Alabama Wildlife Center and McWane Science Center, Birmingham Botanical Gardens presents Birmingham’s Butterfly Education and Awareness Day on June 13. Each year, the Association for Butterflies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of butterflies through conservation, research and promotion of butterfly gardening and butterfly farmers, celebrates Butterfly Education Awareness Day on the first Saturday of June.
This year, four of Birmingham’s most recognizable cultural institutions have chosen the second weekend of the month to bring the same celebration to the Magic City as part of The Gardens’ “Get Into The Gardens” series. The Gardens will also be joined by its friends at Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Native Plant Group at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The event will be held at The Gardens from 10 – 2 p.m. Admission is free.
Birmingham Zoo will host children’s activities from 10 – 2 p.m., with butterfly releases scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. McWane Science Center will also host children’s activities from 10 – 2 p.m.and Fresh Air Family will host “Hikes for Tykes,” a walk led by Verna Gates focusing on butterfly lore, legend and stories based on Monarch butterflies. The hike, designed for pre-school children and their parents, will begin at 10 a.m. There will also be native plants available for purchase. Sara Bright and Paulette Ogard, co-authors of Butterflies of Alabama: Glimpses Into Their Lives, will also present a family oriented slide presentation on native butterflies and how they can be protected.
About Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Birmingham Botanical Gardens is Alabama’s largest living museum with more than 12,000 different plants in its living collections. The Gardens’ 67.5 acres contains more than 25 unique gardens, 30+ works of original outdoor sculpture and miles of serene paths. The Gardens features the largest public horticulture library in the U.S., conservatories, a wildflower garden, two rose gardens, the Southern Living garden, and Japanese Gardens with a traditionally crafted tea house. Education programs run year round and more than 11,000 school children enjoy free science-curriculum based field trips annually. The Gardens is open daily, offering free admission to more than 350,000 yearly visitors.