March Break at Space for Life - A Rally at the Biodôme and Thousands of Butterflies at the Botanical Garden!

March Break at Space for Life - A Rally at the Biodôme and Thousands of 
Butterflies at the Botanical Garden! 
MONTREAL, Jan. 30, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Does it feel like winter is dragging 
its heels? For March Break this year (March 2-10, 2013), Space for Life has 
dreamt up some fun-filled, interesting and even magical activities for the 
whole family! Slip behind the scenes to discover the Biodôme's thousand and 
one secrets: the Behind-the-Scenes Rally offers a surprise-filled journey into 
the diverse activities that are so crucial to ensuring our ecosystems and 
their inhabitants remain healthy. On March 2, come take part in the Nuit 
blanche à Montréal celebrations at the Pôle Parc olympique: you'll be swept 
into the larger-than-life adventures taking place both inside and outside the 
Biodôme! And for a bold splash of warmth and colour, don't miss the 
Butterflies Go Free event in the Botanical Garden's Main Exhibition 
Greenhouse. Over 2,000 beautiful butterflies from around the world will 
welcome you into their sanctuary, where the Monarch will be centre stage! 
And all this Behind-the-Scenes
Having five ecosystems with such dramatically different needs and requirements 
all under the same roof is quite the undertaking! Five different climates, 
ranging from tropical to polar; diverse habitats with their own special 
features, such as palm trees or rocky cliffs; a huge seawater basin; 
4,500animals from 250different species, and 500 plant species, every 
single one of which has unique needs that must be met in order for them to 
thrive and stay healthy! The Biodôme's Behind-the-Scenes Rally will take you 
on a trek to discover just what it takes to create and maintain this "House of 
Life!" How do we care for all these plants and animals? How do we look after 
them to ensure they survive? You'll see how the ecosystem rocks and landscapes 
are designed, and, in the vast underground areas, you can examine the 
sophisticated seawater filtration systems, the veterinary clinic, the animal 
kitchen, and the insect-breeding area. It's the Biodôme as you've never seen 
A Universe of Monarchs
For a touch of the exotic, Butterflies Go Free at the Botanical Garden 
promises some amazing encounters! Come to the main greenhouse to admire the 
colourful spectacle of extraordinary lepidopteran species from the Americas, 
Africa and Asia! The Insectarium staff will be on hand to provide you with 
loads of information on the species on display. You'll learn everything there 
is to know about the Monarch and about how to plant a butterfly garden to help 
ensure its survival! 
A Nuit blanche at the Pôle Parc olympique!
At 5 p.m. sharp on March 2, 2013, the Nuit blanche à Montréal will kickoff 
celebrations on an even larger and more lively site, accessible from both 
Pie-IX and Viau metro stations. This year, Esplanade Financière Sun Life and 
Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium are teaming up with the Biodôme and the Montreal 
Tower. Along with the popular old classics, we've planned some new indoor and 
outdoor activities. The program schedule will be announced on February 
12—Stay tuned! 
|The Behind-the-Scenes Rally: March 2 to 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;     |
|Behind-the-Scenes access: from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.                    |
|Nuit blanche à Montréal at the Pôle Parc olympique: March 2, from      |
|5 p.m. to 2 a.m.                                                       |
|Butterflies Go Free runs until April 28.                               |
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|For complete program details go to:                                    |
Montréal Space for Life, the first space in the world dedicated to humankind 
and nature, brings together the Montréal Biodôme, Botanical Garden, 
Insectarium and Planetarium. Together they are committed to safeguarding and 
showcasing biodiversity and invite people from Canada and around the world to 
join in this bold, creative urban movement.  
Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator 514868-3053/514 250-7753 
Karine Jalbert, Communications Co-ordinator 514 872-1453/ 514250-3230 
SOURCE: Espace pour la vie 
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