ROSELAND, NJ – Butterflies are once again coming to the Essex County Environmental Center located at 621B Eagle Rock Avenue in Roseland. The “Butterfly Tent Safari” will be open to the public beginning July 15 through July 29. The Butterfly Tent Safari is an interactive display where visitors can observe hundreds of butterflies while walking through a tent.

“The Butterfly Tent Safari at the Essex County Environmental Center is an interactive display of live native butterflies for families to observe and enjoy. Spend your time in the tent feeding the butterflies or simply marveling at their beauty and delicate nature. Listen to a story, make butterfly crafts, or just take some time to witness the magnificence of nature at our Environmental Center,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said.

The tent will be open to visitors Mondays through Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  It is closed on Sundays.  A $2 per person admission is suggested with all proceeds going to the Essex County Parks Foundation. 

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In addition to the public viewing times, the Environmental Center is offering butterfly-themed family programs that include access to the butterfly tent on Saturdays July 15, 22 and 29. Cost of the family programs is $8 per child and $10 per adult. Pre-registration is required. Participation in these programs also includes time in the butterfly tent. The schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, July 15 at 12:30 p.m.: Appropriate for children ages 3 to 5 years. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” will take participants on a butterfly parade around the trails and learn about a day in the life of a monarch butterfly.

  • Saturday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m.: Appropriate for children ages 5 and older. “Buzz into Action with Insect Education” is a family fun and hands on presentation about bugs and butterflies.

  • Saturday, July 29 at 12 Noon: Appropriate for adults and children ages 8 years and older. “Butterfly Gardening Workshop” will be led by Essex County Rutgers Master Gardener Jean Greeley, who will talk about butterfly gardening.

  • During the month of July, “Bold, Brilliant Butterflies of Northern New Jersey,” a photography exhibit by Janet Markman, will be on display at the Essex County Environmental Center.

For information about the Butterfly Tent Safari, please call the Essex County Environmental Center at 973-228-8776.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 23 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.