Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017
Butterfly Adventure: Returns June 1st - July 7th
The butterflies are on their way to Greenville! Hundreds of them, to be precise. On June 1, 2017, Roper Mountain Science Center will open its gates for the second annual Butterfly Adventure, one of the most unique experiences in the Upstate. This five-week special exhibit launches at 9 am on Thursday, June 1 and wraps up on Friday, July 7.
Located inside RMSC’s Fred W. Symmes Tropical Rainforest, Butterfly Adventure will provide guests the opportunity to interact with hundreds of native butterflies as they flutter, dip, and soar in our natural butterfly habitat. Attendees will be able to enjoy educational displays showcasing the lifespan of a butterfly, view 3D printing of butterfly models, and learn other interesting tidbits about these majestic insects. RMSC Director Michael Weeks notes, “Our staff will be on site to direct exhibits, answer questions, and ensure each guest enjoys the butterfly immersion experience to the fullest.”
At last year’s Butterfly Adventure, the Roper Mountain Science Center opened to the public the majority of the 62-acre facility for an extended period for the first time in its 31-year history, an experience very well received by the event’s 16,000 attendees. Admission to Butterfly Adventure provides access to all featured exhibits and activities, including the nearby Butterfly Garden brimming with flora planted specifically to attract and sustain local butterflies. In addition, guests can visit other attractions at RMSC such as the Living History Farm, the Marine Lab, and the Ecology Lab, which includes a Mountain Trout Stream, a Beaver/Turtle Pond, a Backyard Habitat containing a live honeybee hive, and an Invertebrate Zoo. The nature trails, arboretum, tree houses, and natural playgrounds will all be open, as well as the RMSC picnic areas. Guests are welcome to pack a lunch and snacks, and food and drink vendors will be on-site each Saturday.
Roper Mountain Science Center Butterfly Adventure admission is free for RMSC members and only $8 for adults, $7 for children 4 to 12, and free for 3 and under. Event tickets can be purchased online at ropermountain.org or at the gate of the event.