May 7 - August 7, 2016
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.