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Become a Butterfly Attendant

Did you know the Botanical Conservatory recruits and relies on volunteers to assist during its live butterfly exhibit every spring? Having completed the required training, each volunteer is equipped to interact with visitors, prevent butterfly escapes and cover routine shifts in the greenhouse display tent. To become a Butterfly Attendant, complete an online volunteer application found on the Botanical Conservatory’s website! Call (260) 427-6443 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.


Breakfast with Butterflies

Reserve your spot for an unforgettable experience at the Botanical Conservatory! As a VIP guest, this special occasion includes a personalized visit with exotic butterflies, a craft and breakfast, too. Enjoy French toast sticks, sausage, scrambled eggs, fruit and a beverage of your choice. You will also receive a souvenir and Painted Lady Butterfly Kit to continue the transformative fun at home. All ages are welcome. Children must register with an adult. Children under age two are free; spots must be reserved at registration along with requests for high chairs or booster seats. Registration deadlines: May 29 and June 5. Min. 20. Max. 48.

Code                   Date      Day                  Time

227702-A1           6/4         Su       10 am-12 pm

227702-A2           6/11       Su       10 am-12 pm

# Sessions/Fee: 1/$30

Location: Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.


Friday Night Flights Fundraiser

Friday, April 28, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Botanical Conservatory, 1100 S. Calhoun St.

Let your weekend take flight starting downtown at the Botanical Conservatory where we’ll be serving beer and wine flights in support of our annual butterfly exhibit: Color in Motion. Don’t miss this chance to visit live butterflies and meet German artist and landscape architect, Ramon F. Miller who is displaying his photography inspired by change, movement and randomness in nature. Appetizers will be served by Bluespoon. Beer and wine selections provided by Hop River Brewing Company. Two flights per person is included. Ages 21+. Cost: $70/person or $125/couple. Registration deadline: April 21. Code # 127701-F1.


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Do you love our butterfly exhibit and the butterflies? Donate today to the butterfly exhibit at the Conservatory! 



Watch the installation of the Butterfly Tent! 

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. 


Enjoy photos from our Butterfly Exhibits through the years!  


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Spring Funtimes 2023

Now interactive! Click on web links.

View the Current Fun Times
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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: 10 am - 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: Noon - 4 pm 

Holiday Hours:

Black Friday: 10 am - 8 pm 
Fridays, Nov. 25-Dec. 23; 10 am-8 pm
New Year's Eve: 10 am - 5 pm 

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day 


Adults: $7 
Youth: (ages 3-17) $5 
Age 2 and under: Free
$1 Thursdays: 5 pm-8 pm
No admission fee for Café, Conservatory Shop or Sales Garden