Butterfly Garden & Nature Trail
For a change of pace, I took my toddler to the Butterfly Garden at Roper Mountain Science Center, in early October.
It was like a walk through a fairytale land, there were so many butterflies! It was easy to capture alot of great photos because there were just so many opportunities to click, click, click. Although the garden is relatively small, it was extremely well-done, with labels on all of the plants & flowers (showing which flower was the host-plant for which type of butterfly ~ very informative!). Being early Autumn, I wasn't quite so sure of how many butterflies we'd actually see ~ I guess I was half-expecting it to be barren. Contraire! The place was all in bloom, well-manicured and well-maintained, with tons of gorgeous plants, flowers and butterflies!
From the Butterfly Garden, take the short interpretive Nature Trail (loop trail) through the forest, over a small bridge across a lazy & abundant lake full of lily pads & frogs ~ it will loop you around, right back to the Butterfly Garden. It's a short, easy, mostly shaded & beautiful walk.
Note: The Butterfly Garden / Arboretum & Nature Trail are the only things open to the general public at Roper Mountain Science Center ~ in addition, shows are offered at the Planetarium on Friday nights and there is a family-friendly "Second Saturday" event. Otherwise, the Center offers enrollment programs for school-children.