Thank you to everyone who participated in TRU’s “Take Flight” Butterfly Release and Memorial! This year was the second featuring a virtual program followed by an independent butterfly release. Though our hope is to return to an in-person event in 2022, this year’s event was beautiful and kicked off with comments from TRU President & CEO, Michael McHale, Chaplain, Susan Palmquist, and counselor and TRU Grief Services volunteer, Heili Lehr.
Send Us Your Photos and Videos
- Similar to last year, we are compiling photos and videos of your releases to share with everyone who participated.
- Please add your photos and videos here or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAQ’s About Butterfly Pick-up
- How will it work? Enter the TRU PACE parking area from Park Lane. Cars will be divided into two lanes. Give the staff your name and how many butterflies you are picking up. We will check you off the list and direct you to the pick-up area. Staff will hand you your to-go bag on a tray and you can exit the parking lot.
- When should I release them? Please plan to release your butterflies within 30 minutes of pick-up.
- Where should I release them? You can release your butterflies at home, in a park, or any outdoor open space. You can also park your car just beyond the pick-up location and release your butterflies at the TRU Labyrinth. Staff can help direct you.
- What if I have a long drive? If you have a longer drive, bring a cooler to transport your butterflies.
- Will you have extras? We will have a handful of extra butterflies at pick-up on Saturday that will be available for a $20 donation on a first come first serve basis.
- What if I can’t pick up my butterflies? If you are unable to pick up your butterflies, we will be honored to release them for you.
- What if I still have questions? Email email@example.com.
- Can I still make a donation? Yes, you can still make a donation here.
More About Butterflies
- Butterflies (Painted Ladies) will be in a cold, dormant (sleep-like) state. Each butterfly is resting and carefully contained in its own box designed to protect the butterfly.
- As the butterfly warms up, it will begin to stir and you may hear a bit of movement- do not be alarmed; this is perfectly normal.
- Be sure to keep your butterflies in the shade and out of direct sun until you are ready to release them.
- When you are ready, carefully open the box and allow the butterfly to stand and fly away on its own.
- If you have a long drive, simply keep the butterflies cold in a cooler and then allow them to warm up for about 15 minutes before you release them.