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ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO INVITES PUBLIC TO EXPERIENCE THE BUTTERFLY TENT SAFARI AT THE ESSEX COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER

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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites the public to experience the “Butterfly Tent Safari” at the Essex County Environmental Center. The Butterfly Tent Safari is an interactive display where visitors can observe hundreds of butterflies while walking through a tent. It will be held as follows:

Dates: Saturday, July 13 to Saturday, July 27, 2019

Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 12 Noon to 3 p.m.

Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Closed on Sundays

Place: Essex County Environmental Center

621B Eagle Rock Avenue

Roseland, NJ

A $2 per person admission is suggested.

Proceeds will go to the Essex County Parks Foundation

and be used to support future educational programs.

“The Butterfly Tent Safari at the Essex County Environmental Center is an interactive display of live native butterflies for families to observe and enjoy. Spend your time in the tent feeding the butterflies or simply marveling at their beauty and delicate nature. Listen to a story, make butterfly crafts, or just take some time to witness the magnificence of nature at our Environmental Center,” DiVincenzo said.

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 13th, 20th and 27th. Cost of the family programs is $10 per child and $12 per adult. Pre-registration is required. Participation in these programs also includes time in the butterfly tent. The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, July 13th at 12:30 p.m.: Appropriate for children ages 3 to 5 years. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” will take participants on a butterfly parade around the trails and learn about a day in the life of a monarch butterfly.

Saturday, July 20th at 10:30 a.m.: Appropriate for children ages 5 and older. “Buzz into Action with Insect Education” is a family fun and hands on presentation about bugs and butterflies.

Saturday, July 27th at 12 Noon: Appropriate for adults and children ages 8 years and older. “Butterfly Gardening Workshop” will be led by Essex County Rutgers Master Gardener Jean Greeley, who will talk about butterfly gardening.

During the month of July, “Bold, Brilliant Butterflies of Northern New Jersey,” a photography exhibit by Janet Markman, will be on display at the Essex County Environmental Center.

For information about the Butterfly Tent Safari, please call the Essex County Environmental Center at 973-228-8776.

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