As a museum studies major at Arizona State University, Mesa resident Melanie Day, 27, dreamed of an opportunity to work in an outdoor museum atmosphere.
Now the manager of temporary exhibitions for the past two years at Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden, Day’s dream has come true. The butterfly exhibit is just one of the many exhibits she manages.
“I was told I would work with butterflies twice a year, and I said, ‘I’m sold,’ ” she said. “This exhibit continuously attracts people because of the opportunity to see so many butterflies up close in one contained area.”
The Desert Botanical Garden features the Mariposa Monarca butterfly exhibit in the fall, and currently features the Spring Butterfly Exhibit in the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion through May 13.
Day said the exhibit has around 1,500 butterflies, and she helps facilitate the frequent release of additional butterflies into the pavilion.
“My hope is that I’ll always have the opportunity to work in such a beautiful environment the rest of my life,” she said.