Children at last year’s Butterfly Daze observed the monarchs and learned some interesting facts about butterflies. The 2011 Butterfly Daze will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Idyllwild Nature Center. Photos by Sally Hedberg
Imagine being up close and personal with a butterfly!

It’s all about the monarch during Idyllwild Nature Center’s Butterfly Daze, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. During the day, a butterfly pavilion will be erected on the grounds. Before entering the pavilion, everyone can buy a piece of watermelon for 50 cents. The fruit attracts and feeds the winged creatures.

Local artists will celebrate the butterfly in their artistry, along with other original works. Butterfly T-shirts, hats, books and jewelry will also be for sale. Free butterfly crafts and a mini-carnival for the kids will add to the butterfly theme.

Experts will explain the life cycle of the butterflies and provide information on the many different kinds.

Participants will have the option of sponsoring one for $6 and watch it take flight at 4 p.m. when all the butterflies are set free. You’ll want to bring a camera for this special event.

The Idyllwild Nature Center is located at 25225 Highway 243, one-half mile north of Idyllwild.

It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and has programs throughout the year. Daily use fees required: Adults, $3, children 3-11 years, $2, and yes, you can bring your dog for an extra dollar, too. For more information, call (951) 659-3840.