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Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum recently hosted more than 100 families at its annual butterfly release event. Pinelawn’s marketing manager Kristyn Hovanec and grounds supervisor Fred Hoffmann led the afternoon event by educating Long Islanders about the beauty and importance of butterflies. The children who attended also made paper butterflies.

Families learned about the importance of butterflies in the environment and experienced a quiet, symbolic remembrance of lost loved ones at Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum’s recent butterfly release events, part of the non-sectarian cemetery’s ongoing education program.

“Butterflies are such an important part of our ecosystem. They help pollinate plants and simply make people happy,” said Fred Hoffmann, Pinelawn’s grounds supervisor. “We hope all our Pinelawn families enjoyed the butterflies and were able to take a moment to celebrate their loved ones surrounded in the beauty of our grounds.”

More than 100 people gathered at the park and arboretum in Farmingdale for the interactive session. Individuals, couples, children, and grandchildren created a butterfly craft and released more than 400 Painted Lady butterflies in the 500-acre park and arboretum to help pollinate its flowering landscape.

Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum also brought the event directly to the residents of Sunrise Senior Living. Residents and their families participated in two sessions, with one specially designed for memory care residents.

Pinelawn’s educational events are free and open to the public. Click here to see the full 2021 calendar of events and to be added to the email list to learn more.

For more information on Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum or to schedule a tour of the property, visit pinelawn.com or call 631-249-6100.

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Pinelawn Memorial Park and Arboretum recently hosted a butterfly release for Sunrise Senior Living residents in Dix Hills. Mary Alonzo, a resident at Sunrise, was one of the attendees who enjoyed learning about the beauty and importance of butterflies.

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