Adopt-a-Butterfly

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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 6, 2017.

Proceeds benefit RSABG education programs, exhibits and conservation efforts. Supporters are able to select four 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.

Butterflies at the Garden

Visit the Butterfly Pavilion at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden through August 6, 2017, 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!

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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.
  • Two 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.
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flickr CC photo by Anne Toal

NEW! Get your Tickets to the VIP Butterfly Release Party!

California Dogface
(only 100 available for purchase)

$50

The California State butterfly

(Zerene eurydice)

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.
  • Invitation to the CA Dogface Butterfly Adoptee Exclusive Butterfly Release Party. (Includes one butterfly to release and four tickets for admission to the party on the date and time of the Release Party.)
  • $35 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 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..

Kendall Johnson: Johnson's Pasture: Living Place, Living Place - July 22 through November 1

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Kendall Johnson:

Johnson's Pasture: Living Place, Living Time 

July 22 through November 1

An acclaimed artist with deep roots in the Claremont community, Kendall Johnson’s work explores memory through modes of artmaking that are at once sensual and bold. His paintings, photographs and poetry often appear as wayfinding compositions, maps to points that are both known and unknown - a rerouting through one’s own personal history in a quest for both answers and new questions.

For his solo exhibition at the Garden, we have curated with Johnson a selection of his works from his series on Johnson’s Pasture. Those who encounter Johnson’s Pasture in the foothills north of Claremont find themselves in a wildland located between worlds, from the glimmering cityscape below to the towering San Gabriel mountains that rise dramatically above. An integral part of Claremont’s history, Johnson’s Pasture was purchased over half a century ago by Johnson’s great grandparents. This special place is a geophysical family tome to Johnson, imprinted with four generations of memories - including groves of carefully tended eucalyptus and pine trees, to worn paths made by family forays into the hillside that offered contemplative retreats from daily life. Now part of the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy, it stands as a testament to the beauty, value and necessity of wild space - where California native wildlife can thrive, including humans.

In this series, the artworks search through Johnson’s decades’-long relationship to the Pasture. They are invoked from distinct chapters of Johnson’s life when the meaning of Johnson’s Pasture and its wilderness meant different things: before and after serving in the Vietnam War, raising a family, serving as a crisis-management consultant during the tragedy of 9/11. Each distinguished piece draws on the solace that Johnson’s Pasture provided in these times. They speak to the power of wild as a restorative force, both for the very real ecological habitat it provides, as well as the emotional centering it offers when we feel lost.

Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission to the gallery is included with standard admission or membership.

Special opening reception for RSABG members on Friday, July 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. RSVP requested: please RSVP to the Advancement Office, (909) 625-8676 ext. 221, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Butterfly Pavilion: May 13 - August 6: EARLY CLOSURE NOTICE

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In these summer heat waves, when the temperature reaches 95 degrees or above, the California Butterfly Pavilion will close early at 12:30 pm for the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and butterflies. 

May 13 - August 6, 2017

 
The Pavilion is normally 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.

Consider adopting a butterfly! You can support the Garden and show your love for a friend or family member through this special program. There will be no public butterfly release party this year - instead, adoptees at the $50 level will be invited to an exclusive release party. To learn more about the adoption program, click here. 

 

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)

Garden Groove Summer Concerts: Thursdays, July 13 - August 3

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Gates open at 6:30 p.m. | Concerts begin at 7 p.m.

 

Garden Groove 2017 Lineup
  • July 13 - Louie Cruz Beltran: with an extensive repertoire from Brazilian style and Afro-Cuban rhythms to a blend of R&B, Salsa, Reggae, Latin Rock and Jazz, Louie Cruz Beltran will provide a perfect soundtrack to get you on your feet and dancing!
  • July 20 - Sligo Rags: an award-winning acoustic band, this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk with a decidedly bluegrass attitude.
  • July 27 - Susie Hansen and the Latin Band: electric violinist and vocalist Susie Hansen plays fiery Latin Jazz and Salsa, creating music that brings audiences to their feet, dancing in the aisles.
  • August 3 - The Dogs: a Rock n Roll group started in 1997 by four seasoned and accomplished musicians looking for a better alternative to "Classic Rock". The careful selection and execution of deep cut vinyl tracks will take you back to where you were when these gems were released.

 

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. 

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.

 

Individual event ticket pricing:

Public: $9 (Children ages 12 and under are FREE)

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.

 

Purchase tickets now!

 

The 2017 Garden Groove concert series is sponsored, in part, by Golden State Water Company.

Beat the Heat: Extended Summer Hours

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Extended Summer Hours Return! 

Wednesdays, June - August 2017
The Garden remains open until 8 p.m. (last admission at 7:30 p.m.)
 
Extended hours are included with general admission or membership.

Teacher Open House - August 12

Our annual Teacher Open House will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from  9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Please RSVP online here

  • Free Garden admission for school teachers and administrators and their immediate family.
  • Preview school tours and programs aligned with Common Core Standards. Explore the fun and educational outdoor experience we offer to students.
  • Reserve field trips. Spring reservations fill up quick. Bring your calendar to schedule a fun and educational trip for your students.
  • Stay an hour or stay all day

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden offers walking tours and programs that include activity stations to help educate students about the Golden State. Tours and programs convey the importance of native plants, cultures of indigenous people and natural history of California. RSABG tours and programs correlate with K - 8 Cross Curricular Common Core Standards for California public schools.

Read more about RSABG School Tours and Programs


  

California Butterfly Pavilion - Season Pass

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Grow with our Butterflies all season long!

Introducing the California Butterfly Pavilion Season Pass

at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden


The California Butterfly Pavilion comes alive every year with a dazzling array of over 22 native butterfly species. A ticket to encounter these beautiful creatures, in all their life stages, and the California native plants they depend on is $3/person. Beginning this year, RSABG members may purchase a Season Pass to the California Butterfly Pavilion for just $25/season, available to all who are Garden members. By purchasing this pass, members at all levels will be able to bring the named adult(s) on their membership card plus up to four of their own children or grandchildren under the age of 18 to the California Butterfly Pavilion at any time throughout the season without paying the $3/person entry fee.

The California Butterfly Pavilion will be open 10 am - 3 pm daily, from May 13 - August 6, for the 2017 season


 

To purchase your new California Butterfly Pavilion 2017 Season Pass, contact our Advancement Office at
(909) 625-8767 ext. 258 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Free Family-Friendly Bird Walks

Birding at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Over 147 species of birds have been observed here at the Garden in Claremont. Join us for one of our free bird walks to learn more!

Bluebird. Photo by Grace Cho

September through June; First Sunday of each month, beginning at 8 a.m.

Family Bird Walks are free to the public courtesy of our sponsor, Pomona Valley Audubon Society. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guide books you have and binoculars. Limited loaner binoculars may be available to use during the walk.

Take a leisurely walk through the Garden to see and hear the numerous bird species that migrate through the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. Beginning and experienced birders are welcome to help find birds in the Garden. Our collaborative efforts usually produce a good variety of local birds, and we always have a great time!

Family Bird Walks are sponsored by the Pomona Valley Audubon Society. There are no admission fees, but a free reservation is encouraged. Visitors need not be an RSABG member to participate!

Also check out our popular Family Bird Festival held in February.

Please call (909) 625-8767 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. The Pomona Valley Audubon Society’s newsletter “Chaparral Naturalist” is available at RSABG’s California Garden Shop.

 

 

 

Lesser Goldfinch

Third Saturdays, beginning at 8 a.m.

Space is limited to 15 guests.

Join Chris Verma of Claremont's Wild Birds Unlimited for this family-friendly, free bird walk along Garden trails. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring any bird guides you have and binoculars if you have them.

This special walk is provided by Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont. There are no fees required to participate, however a free reservation is required.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. For more information about Wild Birds Unlimited, or to learn how to how to turn your yard into a birdfeeding habitat that brings song, color and life to your home, visit Wild Birds Unlimited of Claremont.

 

For more information about birds and birding visit Pomona Valley Audubon Society and Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology's ebird.org.