Win Passes to Catawba Science Center and Flutter-By Habitat!

June 6, 2019

One of Catawba Science Center's most anticipated and beloved exhibits, the Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat, has returned to the Science Courtyard.  Both children and adults have the opportunity to see live butterflies and learn about these fascinating insects.  Catawba Science Center welcomes visitors to kick off their summer with a visit to this unique exhibit.  Read on to find out how your family can win passes to visit Catawba Science Center!  

Visitors will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly as they stop by the butterfly nursery to examine the design, color, and texture of chrysalides containing future inhabitants of the Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat.  With a provided field guide, guests will discover an assortment of North Carolina native butterflies such as Monarchs, Swallowtails, and Fritillaries. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience the presence of semitropical species such as Zebra Long Wing, Julia, and Queen butterflies.  Everyone will have the opportunity to learn about plants that attract butterflies, and with provided nectar, can have the chance to let a butterfly land right on their shoulder or finger--careful personal encounters encouraged!

In conjunction with this special exhibition, a variety of special events are planned: 

  • Photographer Mondays will be held on June 3, July 1, and August 5, while CSC exhibits are closed to the public, for photographers age 16 and older. There is a suggested donation of $10 for this activity. Preregistration is recommended
  • Family Bug Day will be held on Saturday, June 22, from 10am – 3pm. Educational and fun activities will include insect displays, Bug Bingo, Visit a Bee Keeper, Insect Races, and more. All Family Bug Day activities are free with general and Flutter-By Admission. 
  • Dress Like a Bug Days will be three dates  this summer where local bug friends will have a chance to dress like a bug to receive free admission to the museum and Flutter-By Garden!  Be sure to check our Events Calendar and keep an eye out in future newsletters for more information on these upcoming opportunities.  

Admission to the Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat is free for CSC members. The cost for non-members is CSC’s general admission fee plus $2.00. Admission to Catawba Science Center is free for members, $8 for adults or $6 for seniors.  Kids ages 3-18 are $6 and 3 and under are free.  Students and active military with ID are $6.  General admission also includes the public planetarium and aquarium programs.  

For more information about the Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat and activities, visit or contact CSC at (828) 322-8169. Catawba Science Center is located located in downtown Hickory on the SALT Block at 243 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601.

CSC Public Hours:
Tuesday – Friday    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday      10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday         1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Lead sponsors for the Flutter-By Butterfly Habitat are Alex Lee, Lowes Foods, and MDI, John & Eileen Leach, Piedmont Natural Gas, Wells Fargo Foundation, and the Supporters of CSC’s 33rd Italian Dinner Fund-a-Cause. 

Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets to Catawba Science Center and The Flutter-by Butterfly Garden!  Click HERE to complete the entry form today!  Two winners will receive a family four-pack of tickets to the center and garden. Contest ended Wednesday, June 12 at 12:00am.  Congratulations to our winners Heather Bleier and Karinia Pena!

Contest Rules: One entry per email address; email address provided must be a subscriber to our wonderful newsletter to be entered to win, otherwise it will be added. Duplicate entries via the entry form will be deleted.  Winner will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries/bonus entries by at close of content and will be notified by email to the address provided on the form or via phone. Winner will be announced on Facebook and/or on our website in the original giveaway article; by entering contest, entrants give permission to have their name used in such announcements. Winner will have 24hrs to claim their prize; failure to respond within the 24hr timeframe may result in win being forfeited and another winner being chosen. Odds of winning depend on total number of entries. No purchase necessary; you must be 18 or older and a Macaroni Kid Hickory/Western Piedmont newsletter subscriber to enter. Click HERE for complete sweepstakes rules.

Read our previous review: A Visit to the Flutter-By Habitat
Make this sweet craft after your visit: Macaroni Craft--Butterfly Feet

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