Butterfly Release Party

release party

Get your ticket to the exclusive Butterfly Release Party! For a $50 butterfly "adoption," you will be able to release 1 butterfly and bring up to three guests on this special evening.  

Sunday, August 6 | 5 pm - 7 pm

To get your tickets, visit the Adopt-a-Butterfly page and adopt a California Dogface Butterfly at the $50 level. If you have any questions or experience trouble online, please contact the Advancement Office at (909) 625 -8767 ext. 258 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Adopt-a-Butterfly

Adopt a Butterfly web

The Adopt-a-Butterfly program is a great graduation, birthday, or Father’s Day gift and an easy way to show support for Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

The Adopt-a Butterfly program is available through August 6, 2017.

Proceeds benefit RSABG education programs, exhibits and conservation efforts. Supporters are able to select four adoption levels, all of which include personalized donor recognition. For more information, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (909) 625-8767 ext. 221.

Adopt-a-Butterfly today by clicking here! If this is a memorial or tribute gift, please enter the name of the person you are adopting a butterfly for in the comment section.

Butterflies at the Garden

Visit the Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden through August 6, 2017, and enjoy a unique experience that allows you to wander through a changing ecosystem over the season. Interact with free-flying butterflies and the plant life that supports them! You’ll see, up close, how butterflies obtain nectar, and watch caterpillars feed on leaves and go through the process of transformating into adults. 

Keep the butterflies (and moths and birds!) fluttering with a gift that allows you to sponsor the Garden's programs in support of our native pollinators and the plants they need to thrive.

Adopt a butterfly today!

CarrieRosema Monarchs-Milkweed web

Photo by C. Rosema

Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Erigeron sp.

Photo by B. Bradley

Sonoran Blue by Dennis Holmes

 Photo by D. Holmes 

Monarch

$10

Adopt a royal, named for the golden crown on its chrysalis

(Danaus plexippus)

Adoption benefits:

  • Your name (or the name of the person you are honoring) on the pollinator display in the Garden Gift Shop.
  • Your name, and the name of the person(s) you are horning, listed on our Facebook page.
  • Two Butterfly Pavilion passes.
  • An optional certificate of adoption.
  • Completely tax deductible. 

Western Tiger Swallowtail

$20

Energetic and graceful, a butterfly that rarely sits still

(Papilo rutulus)

Adoption benefits:

  • Your name (or the name of the person you are honoring) on the pollinator display in the Garden Gift Shop.
  • Your name, and the name of the person(s) you are horning, listed on our Facebook page.
  • Four Butterfly Pavilion passes.
  • An optional certificate of adoption.
  • Completely tax deductible.

Sonoran Blue

$30

"Early-bird" butterfly that feeds on stonecrop succulents

(Philotes sonorensis)

Adoption benefits:

  • Your name (or the name of the person you are honoring) on the pollinator display in the Garden Gift Shop.
  • Your name, and the name of the person(s) you are horning, listed on our Facebook page.
  • Four Butterfly Pavilion passes.
  • An optional certificate of adoption.
  • Waterproof Butterflies of Southern California field guide.
  • $25 of adoption is tax deductible.
dogface flickr cc photo by anne toal
flickr CC photo by Anne Toal

NEW! Get your Tickets to the VIP Butterfly Release Party!

California Dogface
(only 100 available for purchase)

$50

The California State butterfly

(Zerene eurydice)

Adoption benefits:

  • Your name (or the name of the person you are honoring) on the pollinator display in the Garden Gift Shop.
  • Your name, and the name of the person(s) you are horning, listed on our Facebook page.
  • Four Butterfly Pavilion passes.
  • An optional certificate of adoption.
  • Waterproof Butterflies of Southern California field guide.
  • Invitation to the CA Dogface Butterfly Adoptee Exclusive Butterfly Release Party. (Includes one butterfly to release and four tickets for admission to the party on the date and time of the Release Party.)
  • $35 of adoption is tax deductible.

Here's Why

There are lots of good reasons to adopt a butterfly:

You can show that your family, organization or company supports the environment.

Adopting a pollinator makes a unique wedding, anniversary or birthday gift.

You can honor or memorialize a loved one.

Your support allows RSABG to advance our work with scientists and communities.

FAQS

Can I take my butterfly home?

All the butterflies stay here in the Garden, but we highly encourage adoptive families to visit often! 

How long will it take for my adoption package to reach me?

When you purchase your adoption package in the Garden Gift Shop, you can take it home right away. For phone orders, please allow at least two weeks for shipping and delivery.

What if I’d just like to donate to the program but not receive the adoption package?

You can always choose to donate more than the cost of the package or make a donation and not receive the package. Any outright donation (above and beyond the actual cost of the package) is tax-deductible and goes directly toward supporting RSABG’s conservation and education efforts.

For more information about making donations to RSABG, contact the Development Office, at (909) 625-8767 ext. 222.

How can I find out more about the program?

Give us a call at (909) 625-8767 or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kendall Johnson: Johnson's Pasture: Living Place, Living Place - July 22 through November 1

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Kendall Johnson:

Johnson's Pasture: Living Place, Living Time 

July 22 through November 1

An acclaimed artist with deep roots in the Claremont community, Kendall Johnson’s work explores memory through modes of artmaking that are at once sensual and bold. His paintings, photographs and poetry often appear as wayfinding compositions, maps to points that are both known and unknown - a rerouting through one’s own personal history in a quest for both answers and new questions.

For his solo exhibition at the Garden, we have curated with Johnson a selection of his works from his series on Johnson’s Pasture. Those who encounter Johnson’s Pasture in the foothills north of Claremont find themselves in a wildland located between worlds, from the glimmering cityscape below to the towering San Gabriel mountains that rise dramatically above. An integral part of Claremont’s history, Johnson’s Pasture was purchased over half a century ago by Johnson’s great grandparents. This special place is a geophysical family tome to Johnson, imprinted with four generations of memories - including groves of carefully tended eucalyptus and pine trees, to worn paths made by family forays into the hillside that offered contemplative retreats from daily life. Now part of the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy, it stands as a testament to the beauty, value and necessity of wild space - where California native wildlife can thrive, including humans.

In this series, the artworks search through Johnson’s decades’-long relationship to the Pasture. They are invoked from distinct chapters of Johnson’s life when the meaning of Johnson’s Pasture and its wilderness meant different things: before and after serving in the Vietnam War, raising a family, serving as a crisis-management consultant during the tragedy of 9/11. Each distinguished piece draws on the solace that Johnson’s Pasture provided in these times. They speak to the power of wild as a restorative force, both for the very real ecological habitat it provides, as well as the emotional centering it offers when we feel lost.

Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission to the gallery is included with standard admission or membership.

Special opening reception for RSABG members on Friday, July 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. RSVP requested: please RSVP to the Advancement Office, (909) 625-8676 ext. 221, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Butterfly Pavilion: May 13 - August 6: EARLY CLOSURE NOTICE

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In these summer heat waves, when the temperature reaches 95 degrees or above, the California Butterfly Pavilion will close early at 12:30 pm for the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and butterflies. 

May 13 - August 6, 2017

 
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)