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Monarch Encounters at Burpee

During a 30 minute Butterfly Encounter you will be introduced to several of our Monarchs getting close enough to let it walk along your finger or land on your shoulder!  You will learn about the amazing migratory species, how you can be a part of local efforts to help the butterflies and have photo opportunities inside our butterfly habitat!

Interact with our live monarchs.

  • August 19, 2017   
    • Session One: 10:00-10:30am
    • Session Two: 10:30-11:00am
    • Session Three: 11:00-11:30am
    • Session Four: 11:30-12:00pm
  • September 2, 2017
    • Session One: 10:00-10:30am
    • Session Two: 10:30-11:00am
    • Session Three: 11:00-11:30am
    • Session Four: 11:30-12:00pm
  • September 9, 2017
    • Session One: 10:00-10:30am
    • Session Two: 10:30-11:00am
    • Session Three: 11:00-11:30am
    • Session Four: 11:30-12:00pm

Rates for Butterfly Encounter 

Preregistration is strongly encouraged.  Encounter groups are small and will sell out. (Museum Admission Not Required to Participate) 

    • General Public
      • Adult: $7
      • Child: $7 *Accompanying adult FREE!*
      • Family Pass: $20 *Includes up to 8 in family party
    • Members
      • 25% Discount on program.  ($5.25)
      • Membership checked at event.

* Due to the small size of the Butterfly Tent, a child and a single helping/photographing adult may enter for $7.  Additional adults may observe from outside the tent or pay the admission fee of $7 to participate inside the tent.

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Inside the butterfly tent, two boys spot several 
butterflies resting together.
Inside the butterfly tent, two boys spot several butterflies resting together.
Butterfiles stop to drink and soak in a little sun at Burpee's butterfly tent.
Butterfiles stop to drink and soak in a little sun at Burpee’s butterfly tent.
Looking through the flowers, she spots a drinking butterfly.
Looking through the flowers, she spots a drinking butterfly.

Tickets can be purchased at Burpee Museum, by phone or online.  

Arrival & Check-In

Guests should arrive 15 min prior to their Butterfly Encounter for check-in.  Guests will have a briefing prior to entering the Butterfly Encounter space.  

Butterfly Experience

Bring your camera!  This experience is full of photo ops!  Guests will learn about the species of monarch from life cycle to migration. Guests will learn how to handle butterfly without damaging the animal and how the animal can be tagged and monitored by scientists. Guests will get a chance to try to walk in our 10 foot by 10 foot butterfly habitat and try to hold a butterfly… though butterfly cooperation is not guaranteed as each butterfly has a mind of its own!  

Schedule

Butterfly encounters are scheduled on Saturdays in August and September. Based on community sign ups, we will open additional dates. Private Butterfly event scheduling is available by contacting Burpee directly at 815-965-3433.

Group Size

Each session is limited to 20 people.  

Special Requirements

Guests with special needs and/or special requests must contact our office at 815-965-3433 before making a reservation.