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Orange County Butterfly Garden

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Do your children love Butterflies? Then the butterfly garden located at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine is the perfect place to take them to visit. After spending the afternoon enjoy the beautiful birds at the wildlife sanctuary, we walked over to the on-site butterfly garden.

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Now, this butterfly garden is not what many might expect to see. There is not a giant net or places to purchase food for the butterflies. This is a natural garden where children have a unique opportunity to learn about butterflies, and watch them in their natural environment.

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There is no cost to visit the butterfly garden and parking is complimentary. Inside of the Audubon house, children can rent binoculars to see the butterflies up close at no charge.

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The garden is not huge, but it will take your children some time to walk around it. Throughout the garden are education signs, to help parents teach their children about the different butterflies they are seeing, and also about the native plants.

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After spending time at the wildlife preserve looking at the large variety of birds, and visiting the butterfly garden, enjoy a family picnic lunch at the on-site picnic tables.

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Where is it located? It is located at 5 Riparian View in Irvine (only access is allowed off of Campus Drive)

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