Registration – Raise a Caterpillar Workshop

Raise a Caterpillar Workshop

Experience the Magic of Metamorphosis

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Session 1: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Session 2: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Join local butterfly expert and enthusiast LM Carlson in learning how to raise an Eastern Black Swallowtail caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. During the workshop you will learn about the life cycle of the butterfly, unique characteristics of Swallowtail butterflies, and how to care for both the caterpillar and chrysalis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please take a moment to read through this section prior to registering.

Everyone is encouraged to attend to learn how to raise a caterpillar into a butterfly! We often receive feedback from parents that they feel they get more out of the experience than their kids. 

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who will help them provide care for their caterpillar.


We are not a butterfly farm. All of the caterpillars we provide are collected from our habitat on the host plants we grow. What this means is we have little control over how many eggs are laid, or when they are laid. You may receive a caterpillar or a chrysalis, depending on what’s available at the time of the workshop.

There is a chance your caterpillar may die unexpectedly, or has been parasitized. If this happens please let us know and we will replace the caterpillar or chrysalis. We want you to have the intended experience of raising a butterfly. Naturally, our ability to replace any caterpillar or chrysalis is subject to their availability.

You will need to provide daily care for your caterpillar until it becomes a chrysalis, an estimated 7 days maximum.

Once it becomes a chrysalis it will not require daily feeding. It will need to be monitored periodically to see if it has eclosed. If it does not emerge in 7-10 days it is safe to consider that it has gone into hibernation for the winter. You will then need to provide shelter for it for 6-9 months. 

We have a generous attendee policy per registration of 1 adult and up to 2 children which is designed to cover most families.

We also want as many different families or individuals as possible to be able to attend because our workshop size is limited.

We understand that kids want their own kit. An additional kit can be purchased, if available, at the workshop. Once you learn how to raise caterpillars you can do it again every year provided you grow their host plants.

Yes, if available. A limited number of additional kits may be available to purchase at the workshop. 

All paid workshop attendees are eligible to purchase an additional kit for $21.50 (sales tax included). We can process all cards in person or take cash for exact amount.


All registrations must be paid in full through this webpage. We process all transactions using PayPal.

If we must cancel the workshop due to weather and a rain date is not feasible, we will work with you to provide you with the experience you paid for. This means we are willing to schedule a private workshop with you at a time and location of your choosing, or receive a full refund.

If you cannot attend the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances, contact us immediately–preferrable before the workshop. Your registration is transferable to another person, session, or private instruction.  

Registration - Raise a Caterpillar Workshop

Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020
Session 1: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Session 2: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Backyard Butterflies

Registration fee covers the following for the Raise a Caterpillar Workshop

  • Attendance for one adult and up to two children
  • 60 minute workshop
  • After workshop support by phone, text, or email
  • Workshop Kit

Each Workshop Kit includes:

  • Small critter keeper
  • Booklet
  • Host plants
  • 1-2 caterpillars



About the Workshop

The workshop will be conducted outside at Backyard Butterflies so that we can practice safe social distancing. Wearing a mask is required.

If the weather is inclement the workshop may either be rescheduled or cancelled. Please read our Terms & Conditions in the FAQs.

If you have any questions or special needs please contact us prior to registering.

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