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Butterfly Bonanza

Mon, May 29, 2017
10:00 am
- 4:00 pm

$5.00 for ages 16 and up, free for youth. Honored passes include America the Beautiful, Golden Age passports and Every Kid in a Park

What do butterflies and books have in common? Author Rita Venable will be at the Cradle of Forestry Discovery Center signing her book “Butterflies of Tennessee” and sharing her knowledge. A celebration of these fluttering pollinators this day will be all about butterflies!


“I have written a number of technical books and I immediately appreciated the research, design, clarity, presentation, completeness and wonderful photographs in ‘Butterflies Of Tennessee.”   -G. Smith, writer

Schedule of Activities:

10:00-11:00am- Book signing with Rita

10:30am- Storytime

1:00-2:00pm- Butterfly walk with Rita

2:30pm- Storytime

11am-3pm- Butterfly themed crafts and activities for children

11am-3pm- Joyce Pearsall will have a table highlighting monarch conversation and education.

*A limited number of free milkweed starts will be available to take home.

Description of Walk:

On this stroll through gardens and meadows, we will focus on what to think about when planning a natural area or garden for butterflies. We will talk about what butterflies need to survive, what gardeners need to know, and problems some gardeners experience when planting a butterfly garden. We will discuss whether butterfly houses work or not, as well as tips for plant selections. Oh, yes, and we shall identify butterflies! Butterflies of Tennessee will be available for purchasing and signing before the walk. This book lists many specific plants known to be productive for butterflies.

Rita’s Bio:

Rita-Venable-bioRita has published numerous articles and photographs in literary publications, newspapers, and magazines including American Butterflies, American Gardener, Backpacker, Discover the Outdoors, and National Wildlife Online.  She has won Excellence In Craft awards in writing and photography from the Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association and Southeastern Outdoor Press Association in multiple years and was an artist-in-residence in creative writing with the Tennessee Arts Commission for five years.

As an assistant biologist with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Rita conducted biological surveys in state parks and natural areas with the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory program. She developed butterfly checklists for individual parks, led field trips, conducted training sessions for seasonal naturalists, and spoke at wildflower festivals and other state park events.

For a time Rita was editor of Butterfly Gardener, which is a publication by the North American Butterfly Association in Morristown, New Jersey. Rita most enjoys connecting people with the butterflies that live around them.

Read more about Rita Venable and view some of her other published works at her website www.ritavenable.com.


Mon, May 29, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Cradle of Forestry
11250 Pisgah Highway
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 United States