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, take part in our Wellness Series Events, 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

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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!

Mondays, April 8–July 15; 11 a.m.–noon.
$12 members; $15 non-members. Price per class.




Get outside and get inspired by animals, plants, and conservation.  In this class, families, explore and create garden projects.  Classes will take place rain or shine.  If inclement weather occurs, projects will be completed inside. 

Backyard Birds
Sunday, April 28; 2–3 p.m.
$7 members; $9 non-members


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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. Each participant will receive a name badge, t-shirt and mounted butterfly to take home. 

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



Join us at the Butterfly House as professional photographer Scott Avetta leads you through your photography class. Scott will share tips and techniques for photographing all the stunning insects and plants that the Butterfly House has to offer. Participants should a basic understanding of their camera's features. Tripods allowed for classes unless otherwise stated.

Butterfly House Photography

It's a Small World
Wednesday, June 26; 6–8 p.m.
$28 members; $34 non-members



Enjoy an early, tranquil hour in our Tropical Conservatory before we open our doors to the public. Spend time on your own taking photos of our butterflies and plants. Tripods are allowed during this special time. Come be one of the few to take fabulous tripod photos of our butterflies in natural light.

Photography Fridays
Friday, March 22 & June 14; 9–10 a.m.
$8 members; $10 non-members
March 22 - Register 
June 14 - Register

Scout Programs


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

Scout Badge Programs
Scout Nights at the Butterfly House

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

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!
Learn more