May 9 - August 2, 2015
The Pavilion is Open Daily 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Closed July 4)
Tickets: $2 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 this spring and summer. Visitors can walk among the butterflies, caterpillars, and the California native plants that they depend on for food.
See photos on our Facebook page from the Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.
Butterfly Release Party: August 2, 2015
FREE Butterfly Pavilion Admission on Sunday, August 2! (Standard Garden admission fees still apply)
Beginning at 1 p.m. until all the butterflies are out and about, each family unit may escort a butterfly out of the pavilion and into the Garden.
Visitors may notice many more butterflies flitting around the Garden following the release party!
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 Garden is offering special educational workshops in conjunction with the exhibition to share how to nourish both common and threatened butterfly species in home gardens.
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.