Butterfly Pavilion: May 13 - August 6

CBPMay 13 - August 6, 2017

Due to high temperatures, the pavilion will close at 12:30 pm Sunday and Monday, June 25 & 26.
 
The Pavilion is normally open daily 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Closed July 4)
Tickets: $3 per person in addition to standard Garden admission

The Butterfly Pavilion at RSABG unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home during the spring and summer. Visitors can walk among the butterflies, caterpillars, and the California native plants that they depend on for food and nectar.

Consider adopting a butterfly! You can support the Garden and show your love for a friend or family member through this special program. There will be no public butterfly release party this year - instead, adoptees at the $50 level will be invited to an exclusive release party. To learn more about the adoption program, click here. 

 

More information about the Butterfly Pavilion at RSABG:

As a steward of native plants of California, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden actively promotes the appreciation, understanding and conservation of native flora. Native plants are ideal for butterfly gardening because they provide food sources and in turn butterflies aid in flower pollination.

The 24’ x 36’ Butterfly Pavilion, erected near the Lantz Outdoor Classroom, is a temporary enclosure that combines science education and interactive fun for visitors of all ages. Visitors can walk among the butterflies and caterpillars as they feed. See caterpillars pupate into chrysalises and emerge as butterflies.

The discerning palate of caterpillars helps explain why so many butterfly species are threatened. The major cause of species disappearance in a given area is almost always habitat destruction and the elimination of the plants that they need to survive.

In spite of extensive urban sprawl, Southern California has many species of butterflies that are fairly abundant and easily attracted to flowers or food plants in local gardens.

Download "ECO-Handouts" packet from the Butterfly Pavilion (PDF)

Download CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANTS FOR BUTTERFLY GARDENS (PDF)