The majestic Monarch butterfly is famous for its astonishing 3000-mile migration from Canada to Mexico. Discover the paths and perils of the Monarch as you “follow” their route in this exhibit. You can also learn whether other butterflies travel distances and how a species survives without migrating, since many local species escape the cold without leaving home. In the midst of the exhibit you can enjoy a personal encounter with hundreds of non-migratory tropical butterflies as they fly, feed, and offer an array of color. You can share your family’s migration on our world map Great-Grandfather’s country of origin to your current home.
Ian and Mimi Rolland Foundation
The Conservatory’s butterfly tent, installed annually throughout the spring and early summer months, is assembled with the assistance of up to two dozen employees and raised with the help of up to a dozen Conservatory and Park maintenance employees. The frame is assembled on the ground, tent fabric is arranged, and in a flash, the structure is hoisted into the air and safely secured in place! This process, along with the assembly of the butterfly hatching lab and entry/exit rooms, is completed throughout the week-long showcase installation process.