Butterfly Festival at Dunwoody Nature Center

See a butterfly land right on your hand, arm or even head! Children can get up close with hundreds of  butterflies in these exhibits and encounters.

Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? Or when a butterfly lands on you it is called lighting? Visiting these encounters or even creating a butterfly garden at home can help children learn about the of butterflies.

Butterfly Encounter at Chattahoochee Nature Center

Get up close with hundreds of native butterflies surrounded by colorful nectar plants. Be sure to bring your camera. June 4-July 31.

A Garden with Wings at Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Visitors can observe native species including Monarchs, Tiger Swallowtails and more, in all stages of life in this butterfly house. July 3-21.

Butterfly Festival at Dunwoody Nature Center

Three butterfly tents filled with hundreds of butterflies to discover. In addition to the tents, games, crafts, animal encounters and discovery stations will be set up throughout the park. Aug. 11.

Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens

Typically 1,000 or more butterflies flutter freely in one of North America’s largest tropical butterfly conservatories.

Backyard Butterflies

Invite butterflies into your yard by planting flowers and bushes that attract them, including fennel, parsley, butterfly weed, passion flower and elm trees to host caterpillars. Adult butterflies love butterfly bush, lantana and annual zinnias according to Georgia gardening expert, Walter Reeves.

Burying a plastic basin in the ground filled with wet sand or mud will give the butterflies a moist place to land, drink and bask in the sun, he says. You can also visit the National Wildlife Federation for a list of butterfly garden necessities.

Grow Your Own Butterflies

You can plant caterpillar-friendly plants and wait for butterflies to lay their eggs, then keep watch as caterpillars turn into chrysalis then butterflies. Try Insect Lore’s Live Butterfly Kit, which arrives with live caterpillars and their own diet in a plastic, see-through jar. Once the caterpillars become chrysalis, they can be transferred to the mesh habit that comes with the kit. When they emerge as butterflies, the family can release them into the backyard. Kits cost $24.95 and up.

Also check out our round up of the best local gardens to see even more butterflies. 

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