Tours

Visiting Backyard Butterflies

If you are unable to attend our Open House on the Summer Solstice, we can provide a tour by appointment. Tours are available May 1st thru September 30th annually. A tour typically lasts about an hour or so. We welcome couples, families, homeschool groups, garden clubs, and anyone who is interested and passionate about butterflies! There is a limit of 15 attendees per tour request.

Planning for Your Visit

Our habitat is not the same as visiting a butterfly farm. The presence of butterflies changes daily, and even hourly through the day! If butterfly activity is minimal there is still plenty to see in the habitat! Our habitat supports all kinds of pollinators: bees, wasps, beetles, ants, bee mimic flies, and more. 

Our Habitat is Our Backyard

All visitors must schedule a tour that will be supervised. We do not have open hours or permit drop-ins.

Weather

Butterflies are solar powered! They do not forage in the rain. We will keep in contact with you about either cancelling or rescheduling your tour date if the forecast calls for stormy weather.

When to Visit

Visits may be scheduled May through September. The most active time for butterflies begins in late June and continues through mid to late August.

What to Bring

We encourage you to bring your camera to capture photos of butterflies, insects, and flowers. Binoculars aren’t necessary as you’ll be able to get very close to the butterflies. During the heat of summer we recommend bringing cold beverages. 

Schedule a Tour

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This form is currently closed for submissions for the 2021 butterfly season. This form will be open next year starting on March 1, 2022 and will close on September 29, 2022. Please note that Tours are available May 1st through September 30th of each calendar year. If you need to contact us regarding a tour outside of these dates, please contact us at hello@backyardbutterflies.org.

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