For its 20th anniversary, Butterflies Go Free is hosting a beautiful, colourful celebration of all the ways nature benefits us. Inspired by this year’s theme of Here’s to Life!, Montréal Space for Life is inviting everyone to experience “nature’s balm” in the midst of the lush greenery and welcome tropical warmth as they admire all the butterflies flitting about in the Botanical Garden’s Main Exhibition Greenhouse. This magnificent immersive adventure, mounted by the Insectarium team, is sure to banish all thoughts of winter and make visitors aware of the importance of biophilia in our lives.
Since 1998, no fewer than 2,244,053 visitors have experienced nature’s balm, that innate need for contact with the living world and the physical and mental benefits it brings. Scientists call it “biophilia,” the instinctive affinity humans have with nature. Over time, this connection generates significant health benefits and, in return, creates a deep-seated desire to protect biodiversity. So just imagine the relaxing effect of being surrounded by over a thousand butterflies as they flit from flower to flower, sometimes brushing by you, in the Main Exhibition Greenhouse, where temperatures range between 24 and 29°C. Such a pleasure!
All along the pathway, the Insectarium’s nature interpreters will be pleased to answer visitors’ questions – and pique their curiosity! Before leaving, visitors are invited to add to their Butterflies Go Free experience by leaving a brief note describing an extra-special moment they have spent in nature.
Here’s to Life!
As Montréal marks its 375th anniversary this year, Space for Life is celebrating nature that heals, feeds and inspires us, with a captivating and festive program of activities for everyone, focusing on nature’s many benefits. (#Herestolife)
Some interesting facts and figures
2. KELLERT, Stephen R. 2013. Birthright. People and Nature in the Modern World. Yale University Press. 242 p.
For the best experience, there’s nothing like buying your tickets online, at montrealspaceforlife.ca.
Dates and times
Date : February 23 to April 30
Hours : Tuesday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open on Monday, March 6 (March Break) and April 17 (Easter)