The film also includes an extensive Educational Outreach Program with lesson plans for all curriculum levels, and is supported by the NSF, in partnership with The Maryland Science Center. Monarch butterfly experts, including Dr. Chip Taylor, Dr. Karen Oberhauser, and Dr. Lincoln Brower, served as scientific advisors to the film. Major support has also come from the Mexican Federal Government (Environment & Tourism) and the States of México and Michoacán, as well as Coca-Cola FEMSA, and Grupo Bimbo. Significant portions of the film's box office revenue will go towards Monarch butterfly conservation.
Flight of the Butterflies will be shown daily in the LeFrak IMAX Theater, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm (hourly) through July 7, 2013. To purchase tickets in advance, the public should call 212-769-5200 or visit amnh.org. A service charge may apply. (For ticket pricing, please see page 3.)
Visitors interested in learning more about species featured in Flight of the Butterflies can visit the Museum's The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter. An annual favorite visited by millions of children and adults, The Butterfly Conservatory transforms the iciest day into a summer escape, inviting visitors to mingle with up to 500 fluttering, iridescent butterflies among blooming tropical flowers and lush green vegetation in 80-degree temperatures. The Butterfly Conservatory is on view through May 27, 2013. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, including live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources.
In addition, A Night at the Museum-the Museum's popular sleepover program-will introduce special activities during the run of the film, beginning on January 5. The evenings will include a screening of Flight of the Butterflies, a walkthrough of The Butterfly Conservatory with knowledgeable Museum explainers, and special activities including folding origami butterflies; discovering how far butterflies can glide by modifying paper airplanes to make the most efficient glider possible; and learning about warning coloration by creating an artistic rendition of an organism with warning signs. The evenings also include flashlight tours. Attendees will end the evening falling asleep in one of the Museum's darkened halls.