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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 2:50 pm

You’ve seen the reptiles, you’ve seen the snakes and the spiders, and you may have even seen an alligator or two. But have you ever been up close and personal with a butterfly, offering it a feeding stick in exchange for the chance to view its small, intricate body and impressive, beautiful wings?

If you haven’t, you are in luck.

Along with many of your favorite exhibits and things to see at the Lodi Grape Festival and Harvest Fair, this year you will have the opportunity to add a new favorite to your list — Peter and Lisa Noah’s Butterfly Adventures. This interactive and unique exhibit will offer you and your family a small glimpse into the lives of two of North America’s well known butterfly species, the Monarch and the Painted Lady.

Peter Noah is a professional in animal care and display who has spent 30 years working with and managing public aquariums and zoos in the United States, several locations in the Caribbean and in Europe. Lisa Noah has worked with chambers of commerce, political campaigns and retail sales for 20 years.

In 2009, as part of a larger project, Peter Noah was commissioned to design a butterfly facility on the island of St. Kitts. As the Noahs traveled throughout the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and the United States, viewing many of the leading-edge butterfly locations in the world, they envisioned ideas for their own butterfly center. They decided to put their ideas to the test and Butterfly Adventures was born.

Butterfly Adventures includes lots of butterflies combined with the fun of learning for the whole family and the anticipation of discovering something new. As you are guided through a garden facility fluttering with 1,200 to 1,500 winged beauties, you will first learn how to pick up the butterflies with a feeding stick so that you can observe their delicate features and unique markings up close. As you continue on, you will stop at a life cycle station, where you will learn about the cycle of a butterfly’s life from egg to caterpillar to pupae (transformation). At your final stop, the gardening station, you will learn how to create your own garden paradise fit for a Monarch.

Butterfly Adventures is a captivating, interactive experience designed to teach communities about butterflies in an exciting, hands-on environment, and to provide an opportunity for families to learn together.

“People really enjoy Butterfly Adventures, and they get a chance to bond with their kids and family,” Peter Noah said during a phone interview. “And it’s exciting for us, because we get to see the good in people as they interact with the butterflies.”

So as you make your way through all that this year’s festival has to offer, make sure to stop by Butterfly Adventures to learn a new thing or two about the colorful winged wonders, the Monarch and the Painted Lady.

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