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Butterflies are free! Sort of at the new Butterfly Pavilion

New Butterfly Pavilion at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, California
New Butterfly Pavilion at Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, California
Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Butterflies are free! Sort the new Dorcas E. Utter Memorial Butterfly Pavilion located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in El Cajon, California.

On Saturday, April 5th, Cuyamaca College hosted a Butterfly Festival that ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. which included a butterfly labatory, butterfly-habitat plant sale, a Pollinator Parade, and opportunities to explore the new Butterfly Pavilion.

Diane Owens, with the College's Events & Marketing Department, explained how the newly opened pavilion will house butterflies native to the California area such as Cloudless Sulphur or Gulf Fritillary.

Water Conservation Garden docent, Bonnie Scott, said she's been waiting two years for the opportunity to be a docent at the new pavilion. She oversaw the rotation of groups into the pavilion every 15 minutes.

Scott also showed off the milkweed plants that are a host plant to some caterpillars.

Diane Owens explained how the college is accommodating the butterflies with nectarine plants, water, and even mud.

The college's Director of Marketing & Events, Pam Ramos, estimates the turn out to the Butterfly Festival to be around 1,000.

Butterfly wings were prevalent not only in the Butterfly Pavilion but could be seen on the backs of children, special characters dressed like butterflies, and on the painted faces of children.

To visit the new Dorcas E. Utter (a trained botanist) Memorial Butterfly Pavilion go to this website: . The college is located at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, California.

Get your butterfly wings on and fly this spring (until early fall) to the new pavilion.

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