Exhibit Overview

Butterflies & Blooms

JUNE 1 – AUGUST 31 | OPEN DAILY 10 AM–5 PM

A live butterfly experience showcasing native pollinators and the plants they love

Surround yourself with friendly pollinators and the plants they love in our first-ever Butterflies & Blooms exhibit! This immersive butterfly house features hundreds of live butterflies – more than 20 species found in Wisconsin and the Midwest – and gives visitors of all ages a chance to experience their beauty and radiance up close.

Learn about butterflies and other pollinators, discover their critical role in our ecosystem and how you can best support them in your own backyard!


About the Exhibit

The 1,800-square-foot mesh butterfly house will be located in the garden patch across from the Stumpf Hobbit House. 300 new butterflies will arrive each week for a total of 4,500 butterflies throughout the entire summer!

On any given day, 500 or more butterflies will be fluttering around for your viewing pleasure. The house will feature more than 20 native butterfly species, including the Monarch, American Lady, Painted Lady and more.

Beyond seeing these butterflies in action, a variety of family-friendly drop-in activities mixing pollinators, plants and play will also be available in the butterfly house and throughout the Garden.

  • Feed a monarch a yummy snack
  • Examine the gorgeous details of butterfly wings through a microscope
  • Watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalises
  • Explore the colorful indoor garden full of flowers and other plants
  • Stroll through our native pollinator garden and find plants perfect to attract caterpillars, butterflies and other pollinators
  • and more!

During Your Visit

Butterfly Activity Station

Check out the activity area in the lower level of the Fischer Visitor Center! Discover a new activity to do each week.

Snap & Share Stations

Looking for a beautiful backdrop to capture that special memory of you and your group of friends and family? Get the best shots in front of the butterfly house, unique flower frames or the backdrop of the Garden. Share your picture with us by tagging us or using #mygbgarden.

Bring Butterflies & Blooms Home

Find a variety of butterfly-themed items in the WPS Trellis Gift Shop this summer. We have all things butterflies including garden art, home décor, butterfly nets, insect habitats and more!

After Your Visit

If you’d like to learn more about native butterflies and plants or are looking to purchase native flowers, we recommend the following:


Volunteer

Sign up to volunteer for a variety of programs and events as we welcome thousands of visitors throughout this spectacular exhibit.

View Available Shifts

 


Non-Profit Ticket Program

Applications for the Garden’s non-profit ticket program for Butterflies & Blooms is now closed.


Sponsorship Opportunities

For more information on opportunities for corporate partnership including sponsorship, contact our Director of Development, Cindy Berton, at 920.491.3691 ext. 104 or cberton@gbbg.org.


Thank You to Our Sponsors

Title Sponsor

Nature's Way

Children & Family Activity Sponsor

Nicolet Bank

Community Partner

Festival Foods

In-Kind

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Applewood Seed Company

Media Sponsors

WLUK Fox 11

Contact Us

For details on group discounted rates, contact our Sales Team at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or rentals@gbbg.org.

For more information, contact us at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.

Admission

Butterflies & Blooms

Butterflies & Blooms is included with Daily Admission

Different rates may apply during special events.

 GBBG Members: Learn More about Membership  Free
 Adults (18+)  $10
 Seniors (62+), AAA Members, AARP, Military  $8
 Students (w/school ID)  $8
 Children (3-17)  $5
 Children (2 & under) Free
 NWTC Students & Faculty Free w/ current ID

 


Group Discounted Rates

Discounts are available for groups of 25 or more for Butterflies & Blooms. Motorcoach groups are encouraged to attend. Ticket orders must be placed through our Sales Team at least two weeks in advance. Tickets must be paid in full prior to arrival. Group ticket discounts will not be applied if your group has not paid in full prior to your arrival and booked at least two weeks in advance


Contact Us

For details on group discounted rates, contact our Sales Team at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or rentals@gbbg.org.

For more information, contact us at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.

Activities

Butterflies & Blooms

EXPLORE EVEN MORE WITH PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES

Beyond interacting with butterflies, our weekly family programs, including Family Nature Hikes, Story Times and Discovery Stations, will highlight butterflies and other pollinators, in addition to self-guided daily drop-in activities and other featured programs or events.


Daily Drop-In Activities

Garden Discovery Boxes | 10 am–12 pm

Boxes placed throughout the Garden containing games and activities for kids.

Butterfly Feedings | 1–3 pm

Receive a feeding stick dipped with a tasty butterfly treat. Donations accepted.

Scavenger Hunts | Anytime

Hunt for clues and discovers plants and animals in the Garden.

S.E.E.D. Packs | Anytime

Search, Explore, Experience and Discover the Garden! Packs include short lessons, games and observation activities.

Don’t forget to check out our other classes and drop-in activities!

Drop-In Activities

Themed Classes

Native Plants to Attract Pollinators | Tuesday, May 21 from 6–7:30 pm

Learn why it’s more important than ever to invite pollinators into your garden.

Class Details

 

Winged Wonders–Bats! | Tuesday, July 23 from 7–8:30 pm

Discover how native bats help Wisconsin’s farmers, how tropical bats help pollinate and how disease can affect the bat population.

Class Details

 

Butterflies of Wisconsin | Tuesday, July 30 from 6–8 pm

Learn all about Wisconsin’s amazing butterflies and moths and take a stroll along the Garden’s pathways to seek out some of these beautiful creatures.

Class Details

 

Monarch Butterfly Tagging | Sunday, August 18 from 2–4 pm

See a demonstration of tagging Monarch butterflies and review the purpose of tagging.

Class Details

Themed Day Camps

Butterfly Biologist

For ages 6-12! Become a butterfly biologist at Green Bay Botanical Garden as you collect and identify caterpillars and butterflies, discover which plants they love and learn how to attract them at home. We’ll also work on a special project for our summer exhibit, Butterflies & Blooms!

Cost: $35/GBBG Member; $45/General Public

Camp Details

Butterfly Birthday Packages

Book a birthday extravaganza at the Garden this summer and your guests can experience our newest exhibit, Butterflies & Blooms, which features hundreds of live butterflies native to Wisconsin! With this birthday package, you’ll get admission for up to 30 guests, a 4-hour room rental, a variety of self-guided butterfly activities and more. Parties must be held between 10 am-5 pm.

Package Details

Contact Us

For details on group discounted rates, contact our Sales Team at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or rentals@gbbg.org.

For more information, contact us at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Butterflies & Blooms

If you have a question about the Garden, please review our policy web page.

Exhibit Information

When is the exhibit?

Butterflies & Blooms starts on Saturday, June 1 and ends on Saturday, August 31.

What time is the exhibit open?

The exhibit is open daily from 10 am-5 pm, weather permitting. We close at 5 pm because the butterflies need time to rest and catch some ZZZZZ’s.

If you’re visiting during Free Admission from 4-8 pm on a BMO Harris Bank Getaway Wednesday, we recommend arriving at 4 pm so you can enjoy the butterfly house before it’s closed for the day at 5 pm.

Where is the butterfly house located?

The butterfly house is located across from the Stumpf Hobbit House, near the Nielsen Children’s Garden. Follow the blue butterflies posted throughout the Garden or the blue path marked on your Garden map.

How long does it take to see the butterflies?

We recommend you spend up to 30 minutes seeing butterflies and exploring the flowers blooming around the outside of the house. Make sure to follow the directions posted at both the entrance and the exit to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the butterflies.

What happens if it rains or if there’s a threat of severe weather?

Since the butterfly house has a mesh cover, rain may cause the butterflies to seek shelter and not fly around.

Is the butterfly house accessible?

Yes, the butterfly house is accessible. Manual and motorized wheelchairs required for mobility are allowed in the house.

Can I bring a stroller or motorized scooter into the butterfly house?

No, due to the size of the butterfly house interior, strollers or motorized scooters aren’t allowed. There will be a designated area outside the house where you can park your motorized scooters, strollers, wagons, etc. before heading inside.

Butterfly Etiquette

Can I touch the butterflies?

Due to the fragility of butterfly wings, please refrain from touching the butterflies. If a butterfly lands on you, gently shift your finger underneath their legs and lift it off.

What if a butterfly lands on me?

If a butterfly lands on you, take a moment to appreciate its beauty and then carefully use your finger to guide the butterfly off. Simply put your finger underneath its legs and shift the butterfly until it flies away.

If you’re not comfortable guiding the butterfly away from you, ask for assistance from a Garden staff member or volunteer.

Butterfly Information

Where do the butterflies come from?

The butterflies found in the butterfly house are ambassadors that have all been raised in captivity and are never taken from the wild. This allows visitors to learn more about these amazing creatures, who may be hard to find and observe in nature, without harming our native populations.

Our butterflies have been obtained from licensed vendors in Wisconsin and Florida.

How long do the butterflies live?

A butterfly’s natural lifecycle, including the butterflies in the house, is typically 2-4 weeks long.

If you find a deceased butterfly in the house, please tell a Garden staff member or volunteer.

Why don’t you release these butterflies?

Even though these butterflies are native to Wisconsin and the Midwest, we can’t release them into the wild in order to protect the butterfly populations already established here.

Can I release my own butterflies into the house?

No. In order to protect both the butterflies in the house and local butterfly populations, we will not release local butterflies into the house or release butterflies from the exhibit in local areas.

What happens to the butterflies after they die?

After their natural lifecycle, the butterflies are frozen or soaked in an alcohol solution in order to kill any potential parasites or other diseases they could have contracted during their lifetime. Some of the butterflies are then preserved for educational purposes or properly disposed of.

Where can I find more information on native butterflies?

We highlight several resources and websites you can check out on your own. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram and read our blog for more information on native pollinators.


Contact Us

For details on group discounted rates, contact our Sales Team at 920.491.3691 ext. 113 or rentals@gbbg.org.

For more information, contact us at 920.490.9457 or info@gbbg.org.