Raise a Caterpillar Workshops
We offer Raise a Caterpillar Workshops for homeschoolers, youth and adult groups or organizations. Workshops can be conducted at your location or at Backyard Butterflies. Workshops are conducted May through September, with the peak of caterpillar availability running late August through mid September. We can accommodate a workshop size of about 15 participants. Parents must attend any workshops with their children conducted at Backyard Butterflies.
Photos in this section provided by John F. Jarvis
Reserving a Workshop
All of the caterpillars we provide in our Workshop Kits are collected from the host plants we raise in our yard. We do not engage in forced breeding or butterfly farming as that is not in alignment with our mission or how we care for our habitat. As a result, this greatly limits the number of kits we can offer per butterfly season.
Raise a Caterpillar Workshop Kit
Purchase of a kit is required if you attend a workshop. Extra cages, host plants, and caterpillars may be purchased at an additional cost at the workshop if available.
- Small Critter Cage
- 1-2 Black Swallowtail Caterpillars
- 1+ Host plant (you’ll receive enough to feed your caterpillar)
- Raise a Caterpillar Booklet
- Subject to availability
- Free after workshop support
Raise a Caterpillar Reservation Form
Fields marked with * are required. Please allow 2-3 days for a response during butterfly season, April through September.
Please note that due to availability, your requested date for a reservation may not be possible. We will work with you to hold a workshop that meets your scheduling needs. The best time to schedule a workshop is mid August through mid September. We will regularly announce on our social media when we have caterpillars available if no workshops have been scheduled.