The marketing and decor for this place is definitely aimed at children - but don't be fooled! My (very open-minded) husband and I thought we'd give it a try when we had a spare hour before catching a train ride in Jim Thorpe. Well, we were very pleasantly surprised! The owner, Mari (spelling?), is incredibly passionate about her cause. Take any and all opportunities to speak with her 1-on-1. She is a wealth of information and inspiration. I was delighted to learn that she originally opened the sanctuary as a an attraction for autistic children to interact with butterflies. (I have a heart for people with special needs, so this was wonderful to hear!) The video she showed during the presentation was fascinating and extremely educational. Her message of the beauty of the butterfly species brought us to tears. She helped us all understand how important it is to support and protect the existence of butterflies (specifically monarchs), and what amazing defense and survival mechanisms they have. This is a no-brainer for children or families, but it's also highly recommended for adults. We wanted to return for a second day, but had to leave our vacation home early. We look forward to returning in another season.
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