Classes for Adults, Youth & Families
Classes for Adults

Butterfly on plant
Whether you want to learn to identify different butterflies, attract pollinators to your yard or create bee-utiful crafts, learn with us!

Schedule a speaker to visit your club or group, or check out upcoming classes at the Butterfly House!

Classes for adults are also offered at our other sites:

Shaw Nature Reserve
Missouri Botanical Garden

Classes for Youth & Families

Mother and daughter looking at butterfly
We offer a variety of fun classes designed for a child and adult to take together, as well as special family-friendly drop-in programs.

Browse the Butterfly House's upcoming youth and family programs.

Or learn about youth and family programs at one of our other sites:

Shaw Nature Reserve
Missouri Botanical Garden

Featured Programs

Little Bugs logoFor ages 2–4 (part of the Little Years early childhood series). Bring your child to learn about butterflies and create a unique work of art together. The class meets weekly for six weeks and each week we will learn about a different insect. Each session includes hands-on crafts, a snack, a story and a walk through the butterflies.  Price is per class.  Take one class, or take them all! 

Wednesdays, June 20–July 18, 10–11 a.m.
$12/Members; $15/Nonmembers
Registration opens February 1st!

For ages 8–12. Students will get an opportunity to go behind the scenes and see what is involved in our animal care. Working alongside our entomology and education staff, students will assist with general care of our animals. This includes feeding insects, releasing butterflies, preparing fruit trays and more. Students also participate in animal handling and demonstrations for the public. This program will give students an understanding of the challenges and skills necessary for taking care of live arthropods. Each participant will receive a name badge, t-shirt and mounted butterfly to take home. 

8:30 a.m.–noon
$100 members; $120 nonmembers
To schedule a date, please call (314) 577-0888 x 2 or email

The waning days of summer are an ideal time to photograph butterflies, dragonflies, and other beautiful insects. Join us at the Butterfly house as professional photographer Scott Avetta leads you through our outdoor native habitat garden. Scott will share tips and techniques for photographing all the stunning insects that summer has to offer. Our native plants will be very showy and worthy of photos as well. The class will focus on finding subjects and the best way to get a shot of them. Participants should a basic understanding of their camera's features. 

Tuesday, August 7, 6–8 pm
$28 members, $35 nonmembers



Backyard Science Summer Programs for Groups

Available for groups of 10 or more students:
These fun, affordable classes are available either at The Butterfly House or as outreach programs at any site in the community. We offer a variety of classes that involve students in real world science problems and encourage them to connect with nature. 

  • STEAM Insect Lab
    Did you know that insects can provide great lessons for force and motion and can provide insight into engineering solutions of environmental issues? They also make great models for lessons on light, sound and more! We will offer your students hands-on experiences with living insects as well as mounted insects for an engaging class they will never forget.
  • Project Pollinator Investigation
    Do you have a garden or have you been interested in building one? In this class we learn about pollinators and explore the complex food chain that exists on a single plant. We will talk about the importance of native plants, and we will take a tour of the Butterfly House garden or your yard to look for pollinator habitat and see how many pollinators we can spot.
  • Junior Entomology
    This program can be a multi-session class with repeated visits, or you can select a single topic from the list below.  Junior Entomology will introduce students to the world of insects through fun, action-packed activities. Each lesson will feature an interaction with a living insect and an outdoor activity. Possible topics include:
    • Why should we care about insects?
    • Life cycles and ecology
    • Anatomy, classification, and identification
    • Insects in human society and culture
    • School Bug Hunt – Each student is taught to use a net and field guide, and we head outside to catch and ID real bugs.

Age levels and pricing:

Classes run approximately 1.5 hours.

Each of these programs can be easily adapted for any age from kindergarten to middle school. 

$150 per class
Required chaperones are free (one chaperone for every five children is required). Additional chaperones will be required to pay regular Butterfly House admission.

Register today!
Contact us at (314) 577-0888 x 2 or to register or learn more.

Additional outreach programs are also available.

Or visit one of our other locations for a fun camp program:

Shaw Nature Reserve
Missouri Botanical Garden

Scout Programs

Scout groups are invited to participate in one of the many programs we offer at the Butterfly House.

Cub Scout Programs
Girl Scout Programs

Or lead your troop at the Butterfly House yourself with a self-guided or guided tour.



This summer, join a family reading program that connects nature-inspired books with the great outdoors!
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Teen Programs

Teen Network
Choose from five service and field-based education programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Shaw Nature Reserve and the Butterfly House!
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