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 7, 2016.

Proceeds benefit RSABG education programs, exhibits and conservation efforts. Supporters are able to select three 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. You may also text to give by texting "RSABG" to 88588, and selecting your desired donation amount.

Butterflies at the Garden

Visit the Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden through August 7, 2016, 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.
  • Four 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.

 

 

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 or text 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..

Support the Garden

Your support helps renowned science, conservation, horticulture and education programs thrive.

Click here to donate now

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, the largest botanic garden dedicated exclusively to California native plants, grounds itself with a philosophy of biodiversity and the importance of bringing conservation applications to the public through horticultural education, scientific research, and sales of native plants.

Office of Development: (909) 625-8767 ext. 221

Learn more about the Garden Fund

Your donation will help support critical work in conservation, research, horticulture and education.

Garden Groove Summer Concerts: Thursdays, July 7-28

webpageThursday Evenings, July 7 - 28

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. (this is 30 minutes later than last year) for picnicking and food service by Gourmet Gourmet Catering. Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

Enjoy the cool evening air at the Garden with great music and good friends. You can purchase food and beverages from Gourmet Gourmet Catering, Bert & Rocky's, and Last Name Brewing in the Courtyard the evening of each show. Gourmet Gourmet's menu includes a chicken taco plate, quesadillas, sandwiches, and hearty salads. Bert and Rocky's will be selling cool treats (ice cream flavors vary weekly). 

Buy tickets online or at the gate. Ticket price includes parking and evening admission to the Garden. Limited tickets are available, advance ticket purchase is recommended. No refunds or ticket exchanges. Concert events are subject to change. In the event of cancellation due to weather, concert tickets are valid for one (1) complimentary admission to Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden during regular business hours, expiring one year from concert date (not valid for special or ticketed events). Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (909) 625-8767 for more information.

Click here to buy concert tickets online

Individual event ticket pricing:

Members: $5 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)
Gold Card & Acorn Level Members are FREE - Must show membership card at concert for complimentary admission.

Public: $8 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)

Garden Groove 2016 Lineup
July 7: Remember Then - A blast to the past musical tribute to rock and roll
July 14: The Blue Breeze Band - Motown R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Blues
July 21: The Get Down Boys - high energy traditional and original Bluegrass with modern favorites
July 28: Louie Cruz Beltran - An extensive repertoire from Brazilian style and Afro-Cuban rhythms, to a blend of R&B, Salsa, Reggae, Latin, Rock and Jazz

 

The 2016 Garden Groove concert series is sponsored, in part, by Golden State Water Company.

Butterfly Pavilion: May 7 - August 7

May 7 - August 7, 2016

The Pavilion is 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.

See photos on our Facebook page from the Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

 

Butterfly Release Party: August 7, 2016

 

Join us for a unique experience of carrying, by hand, a California native butterfly from our butterfly pavilion and releasing it out into the garden. 

Release begins at 10am and goes until all butterflies have been released. The Pavilion is otherwise closed to regular visitation on the day of release party.

$5 to release one butterfly, one per family/group

 

 

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)