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January is thebrcoldest month of the year inbrUtah, and it is a wonderful time for a change of scenery and a visit to abrtropical jungle.

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An easy trip upbrI-15 to Thanksgiving Point’s Butterfly Biosphere will take you to the 85 degreebrhumid and lush green environment of tropical flowering plants and butterflies,brmore than 1,000 butterflies. The biosphere also has 20 species
brof tarantulas and a few other (harmless) crawly creatures. You quickly forgetbrthe ice and snow you came from

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ThebrThanksgiving Point Butterfly Biosphere opened

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a year ago,brJan. 18, with a 40,000 square foot facility that includes a 10,000 square footbrtemperature and humidity-con- trolled greenhouse that is a USDA approvedbrcontainment facility, because none of the butterflies are native to Utah.

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Essential tobrthe educational mission of the facility is a 7,500 square foot play and explorationbrarea for young people to learn about insects and their environment. There isbralso an interactive “Discovery Zone” that will fascinate all ages. This is abrworld-class facility in our back yard worthy of a visit.

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The real treatbrof visiting this tropical get-a-way is the beautiful butterflies that will evenbr

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land on you ifbryou are standing still.

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The best timebrto see the butterflies flying around is mid-day, later in day they are doingbrmore resting and, in that respect, somewhat easier to photograph. To limit thebrnumber of people in the biosphere all tickets are timed for entries.

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Tickets are $20brfor adults,
br$15 for children 3-12 years and seniors 65 and over. Twice daily, at 11 a.m.brand 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday they release new butterfly’s and thosebrtickets are an additional $4 per person. Strollers are available for $5 andbrwheelchairs can be rented for $10. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)

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