Spring Butterfly Exhibit
Now - May 10, 2015
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Daily
Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion
- Free for members and children under 3
- Become a member today for free annual admission.
- $3.50 for general public with paid Garden admission
Come and visit your butterfly pollinator friends before May 10. This is the last season to experience the Spring Butterfly Exhibit in its current location. The Garden will open a new seasonal butterfly exhibit in spring of 2017 near the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail. The new butterfly exhibit will expand educational opportunities by incorporating a caterpillar nursery and an emergence chamber where guests will be able to view all stages of a butterfly’s life. Placement near the Wildflower Trail will link the exhibit to the story of plant pollinators, and the expanded facility will feature educational exhibts about the butterfly life cycle, pollination and how to create a butterfly friendly garden. The new “Butterfly Landing” will also provide welcoming activity spaces for children and families.
Funding for the new butterfly pavilion will come from The Saguaro Initiative. The Saguaro Initiative is the Garden’s current program to renew and build exhibits, expand education opportunities, provide regional leadership, lay the groundwork for future plans and to continue solidify the Garden financial health. You can read more about the butterfly pavilion initiative, along with the other initiatives at http://saguaroinitiative.dbg.org/.
Thank you to the APS Foundation for their $250,000 leadership grant to the Desert Botanical Garden to build a new butterfly pavilion.
Download a butterfly identification guide.
Supported by The Fred Maytag Family Foundation.
Meet the caterpillars
Saturdays , March 7 - April 18 | 10 - 11 a.m.
Join us Saturday mornings to learn more about the caterpillars that turn into the beautiful butterflies you see in the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion and fluttering around the Garden. Want to know how a caterpillar forms a chrysalis or why some caterpillars have spines? Get a hands-on, up-close look at the caterpillars and go on a butterfly walk with a naturalist to learn more about butterfly host-plants (limit 25 people per walk). No RSVP required. First come, first served.
- Members are Free. Become a member today for free annual admission.
- General Public: $3.50 with paid Garden admission
- Children under three free.