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.
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.
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.
Photo by C. Rosema
Photo by B. Bradley
Photo by D. Holmes
Adopt a royal, named for the golden crown on its chrysalis
Western Tiger Swallowtail
Energetic and graceful, a butterfly that rarely sits still
"Early-bird" butterfly that feeds on stonecrop succulents
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.
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?
Your support helps renowned science, conservation, horticulture and education programs thrive.
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
Your donation will help support critical work in conservation, research, horticulture and education.
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).
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)
The 2016 Garden Groove concert series is sponsored, in part, by Golden State Water Company.
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.
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.