“Bugs!” Live Butterfly Exhibit
April 14-July 8    

Visit the Botanical Conservatory for our 16th year of live butterflies and you can also explore the larger world of insects and their arthropod relatives. Thrill to the experience of entering our butterfly tent filled with over a hundred exotic butterflies as they feed, fly, and rest. These large and colorful creatures inspire awe by the delicate lives, aerial prowess, and complex metamorphosis. You will also discover a diversity of invertebrates in our live hallway display of such arthropods as beetles, spiders, mantids, and millipedes. Activity sheets encourage visitor inquiry. Regular admission applies. Sponsored by 97.3 WMEE, ABC21 WPTA, Florence M. & Paul M. Staehl Foundation, and the Magee-O’Connor Foundation.

Sponsored by:
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Florence M. & Paul M. Staehl Foundation, and the Magee-O-Connor Foundation

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Butterfly Attendants & Bug Docents Needed

Training in March to help April-July

Do you enjoy butterflies? Do bugs fascinate you? As the Conservatory prepares for its 16th year of live butterflies, we are recruiting Butterfly Attendants to assist visitors, share information about butterflies, and prevent butterfly escapes. We also have a new position working with our hallway arthropod exhibit; we’re looking for docents to help scheduled school groups explore the world of bugs. Training is required; multiple class dates are available. Volunteers can choose among 2- or 3-hour shifts Tuesdays through Sundays. For more details or to register for training, contact Rebecca Canales by calling 427-6442 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Bug Day

Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Botanical Conservatory, 1100  S.  Calhoun

Explore and learn about the exciting world of exotic butterflies and other arthropods at our summer “Bug Day” event. Visitors take part in activities, games and crafts, all with a “buggy theme”. Get up close and personal with one of our resident arthropods or take home a bug balloon crafted by a local balloon artist. Edible insects, anyone? Several local organizations will be on hand to help you learn more and to answer your questions about honey bees, butterflies, mosquitoes and more! Admission is $5/ adult, $3/child age 3-17, free for children 2 and under.

10:30am:  Honey bee Communication & the Waggle Dance

11:00am:  Keeping Bugs as Pets

11:30am:  Monarch Butterflies

12:00pm:  Edible Insects

12:30pm:  Honey bee Communication & the Waggle Dance

1:00pm:    Keeping Bugs as Pets

1:30pm:    Monarch Butterflies

2:00pm:    Edible Insects

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Sponsored by WMEE and ABC21

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Upcoming Events

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Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory
1100 South Calhoun Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 427-6440


Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Sunday Noon - 4pm
Closed: Mondays, New Years Day, Christmas Day


Adults $5
Children (ages 3-17) $3
Age 2 and under Free