By Sally Hedberg

Emma Rohrer enjoys the company of butterflies at the annual Butterfly Daze presented at the Idyllwild Nature Center. She is with her Grandmother, Marylyn Mook, and Gather Steve. Photo by John Drake

Special to the Town Crier

Although there is a little more than a month left in the summer, the Idyllwild Nature Center still has many special programs for everyone. On the weekend of Aug. 5 and 6, butterflies will be making their annual appearance at Butterfly Daze both days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. People can enter butterfly pavilions and observe Monarch butterflies at close range. Volunteers will be there to explain the life cycle of a butterfly and other pertinent butterfly facts.

The Junior Naturalists Program has three more sessions geared to elementary school-age children. All programs are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and include crafts, hikes and snacks, as well as learning about nature. The remaining programs are Aug. 12 and 19. There is a nominal cost for Butterfly Daze and Junior Naturalists Programs.