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The Fleet & BPOC Invite You to Enter Your Favorite Local Butterfly Image in a Flight of the Butterflies Photo Contest ~ Qualify for Amazing Prizes!!

Break Out Your Cameras and Soar on the Wings of Butterflies ~ For inspiration, See Our IMAX® Film Flight of the Butterflies, Showing Daily!

April 15, 2013

First Place prize: Heys Monarch Spinner 3-Piece Luggage set
First Place prize: Heys Monarch Spinner 3-Piece Luggage set
Balboa Park Online Cooperative
Balboa Park Online Cooperative

A pair of monarchs rests on a wildflower.

Monarchs fill the sky, providing a breathtaking view.

Closeup of monarch butterfly

Stephanie Sigmen as Catalina Aguado & Shaun Benson as Ken Brugger Photo Credit: "Courtesy of SK Films"

Closeup of monarchs drinking

Closeup of monarch caterpillar

Patricia Phillips & Gordon Pinsent as Norah & Fred Urquhart

Monarch butterfly cluster

Butterfly haven

Enchanted butterfly forest

Monarch butterflies resting on tree trunk

Closeup of monarchs.

A single monarch takes flight off a milkweed leaf.

A lone monarch butterfly emerges from its chrysalis under a picnic table in Toronto.

A single monarch lands on a bluebonnet on location in Texas.

The sun briefly awakens the roosting monarchs from their fir-tree perches to take a drink.

Monarch butterflies gathering in the El Rosario Butterfly Sanctuary in Mexico.

A single monarch rests on milkweed, a plant it needs to survive. It exclusively lays its eggs on milkweed, the caterpillars immediately eat its leaves to fatten up quickly and adults drink its nectar, along with nectar of other plants.

Celebrate the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 40th Anniversary Year!


San Diego, CA—April 15, 2013—Take the cameras out of their bags and soar along Balboa Park and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on a journey to find the best butterfly photo around town in the Flight of the Butterflies Photo Contest! San Diego residents are encouraged to submit their best photos of butterflies within Balboa Park and the greater San Diego region. This contest flies its course now through Sunday, May 5; with public voting for the best shot on Monday and Tuesday, May 7 and 8. So even if you can’t catch their beauty in a lensfinder, you can help us select the best images! Please log on to vote for your favorite shot at http://www.balboapark.org/butterfly-contest; winners will be posted on May 9!


To set flight, participants can upload their photos on Balboa Park’s Web page starting April 10th and no later than May 5th. Each person is allowed up to three entries that are submitted on separate forms. Photos must be in JPG format and not larger than 3 MB in size. Photos containing identifiable persons are deemed ineligible. Entrants may use Photoshop, Instagram, and other tools to modify their digital images. Participants under the age of 18 are also welcome to join!


Winners will all be able to learn more about the epic journey of the iconic monarch butterfly on one of the most incredible migrations on Earth in the IMAX® film Flight of the Butterflies. First Place winner receives a Heys Monarch Spinner 3-Piece Luggage set, emblazoned with gorgeous monarchs––impossible to ever mistake for anyone else’s bags––and a 4-pack of Gallery + IMAX film tickets for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Second Place receives a 4-pack of Gallery + IMAX film tickets for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Third Place receives a pair of Gallery + IMAX film tickets for the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.


Winners will be announced on May 9, 2013, on BalboaPark.org. So until then, start snapping away on those cameras and let your creativity fly as high as the butterflies! Please note: the winner of the luggage set must be able to pick up their prize from the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park in May 2013; it cannot be mailed.

For more details and to enter go to: http://www.balboapark.org/butterfly-contest.


Flight of the Butterflies is the awe-inspiring story of two unlikely heroes that share a common strength, following the epic journey of the monarch and the equally epic quest of determined scientist Dr. Fred Urquhart, who spent 40 years trying to discover the mysteries surrounding their journey and secret winter hideaway. The iconic monarch butterfly is a true marvel of nature. Weighing less than a penny, it makes one of the longest migrations on Earth across a continent, with pinpoint navigational accuracy, to a place it has never been.


The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is located at 1875 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. Gallery Admission, including access to all eight exhibit galleries, is $11.75 for adults; $9.75 for children & seniors. The Fleet is open 365 days a year; Monday–Thursday 10AM–5PM, first Wednesday of each month 10AM–8PM, Friday 10AM–8PM, Saturday 10AM–7PM and Sunday 10AM–6PM.  For more information, call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at http://www.rhfleet.org.


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Celebrate the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s 40th Anniversary Year!

Forty years ago, a spark ignited our imaginations!  March 9, 2013, kicked off a year-long celebration of the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and its 40 years of success in bringing hands-on science to our San Diego community. Forty years ago, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center opened its doors and brought interactive exhibits and the world’s first IMAX® Dome Theater to San Diego. Today, the Fleet inspires minds and connects individuals to science and technology through more than 100 “do touch” exhibits for all ages and amazing IMAX films and planetarium shows in the recently renovated Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. Enjoy our year-long celebration, featuring a blockbuster exhibition, incredible events and dynamic educational experiences.


About the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (the Fleet) is home to Southern California's only Giant Dome Theater and 100+ hands-on science exhibits for all ages. Watch immersive giant-screen films in the Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Giant Dome Theater, which reopened in 2012 after extensive renovations. Our theater is extraordinary in many ways. It is the world's first IMAX® Dome Theater, the world's first NanoSeam™ Dome screen in an IMAX theater, and it offers two unique experiences in one space: IMAX films and planetarium shows. The Heikoff Giant Dome Theater boasts a 76-foot tilted Dome screen and a 16,000-watt digital surround sound system, providing a stunning visual and audio experience. Experience eight galleries of fun, interactive exhibits, including major traveling exhibitions. A hurricane simulator thrills visitors with gusts of wind up to 80 miles per hour. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and healthy treats in Galileo's Café. Find unique educational toys and games, books, IMAX DVDs and more in the North Star Science Store. Located at 1875 El Prado, two blocks south of the San Diego Zoo on Park Blvd., the Fleet Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the public understanding and enjoyment of science and technology. For information regarding current admission prices, please call (619) 238-1233 or visit our website at www.rhfleet.org.