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.

Spring 2017 Little Bugs dates are: April 5, 12, 19 and 26, and May 3 and 10; from 10–11 a.m. each day.
Registration opens February 1, 2017

Tuesdays, September through February
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For families with children ages 3–8. Join the fun with the Butterfly House’s new literature-based presentation and craft series. Each month, we will learn about a different bug with an interactive storybook reading. Participants then create a habitat for their new BUGjar friend. Included with Butterfly House admission; preregistration not required.

Daily in December (closed each Monday)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For families of all ages. Escape the cold and come to Winter Jewels! Visit a fierce dragon and noble nights at the Castle, discover tropical jewel-toned butterflies and fairies in the Fairy Garden and play with new friends in the Gnome Forest.
Included with admission.

Move and shake at the Butterfly House! Wake up during the first half of the class with news about insects, puzzles and visiting. Then it is time for Butterfly Warm-ups and INSECTercize. Learn about new insects and mimicking how they move while listening to bug-themed songs. Check back soon for dates.
Registration opens February 1, 2017

Backyard Science Summer Programs for Groups

Available for groups of 10 or more students:
These fun, affordable classes encourage kids of all ages to connect with nature and make fascinating discoveries about the insect world: 

  • Growing Up: Butterfly (ages 3–6)
    Learn how a caterpillar changes into a butterfly through our interactive puppet show, then create your own butterfly and help it hide from hungry birds in our meadow.
  • The Magic of Metamorphosis (ages 6–8)
    Discover metamorphosis and insect body parts using living animals. We’ll also learn about pollination by making our own pollinators to take home.
  • Insect Investigators (ages 8–12)
    Explore metamorphosis, body parts, and butterfly behaviors using samples of real insects, then take a turn identifying real butterfly species using the same tool scientists use.

Classes run approximately three hours.

$6 per child
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 Chris Hartley at (636) 530-0076 x 13 or to register or learn more.

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, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Shaw Nature Reserve.

Or lead your troop at the Butterfly House yourself while earning a special Butterfly House Patch.


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