Start Your Metamorphosis Here

Offered for a diversity of learners, from young explorers to nature fanatics, our programs have been expertly designed to educate, inspire and enrich. Most importantly, they are intended to strengthen the connections each of us has with the natural world.

Our classes for youth and families have been designed for children and adults to experience together. Instructors strive to engage children in age-appropriate activities, while providing adults examples of ways to learn about the natural world at home.

Adult classes focus on learning and growing in nature with fun, hands-on educational programs. Topics range from nature identification to arts and crafts and everything in between!

Ready to register? Skip to class listings and online registration.

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

Scout Programs


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

Scout Badge Programs
Scout Celebrations/Bridging Ceremonies
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 service and field-based education programs at the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Shaw Nature Reserve and the Butterfly House!
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Classes for Youth & Families

Mother and daughter looking at butterfly

Youth & Families

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

Little Bugs & Super Bugs

Learn about a variety of insects, make unique crafts and visit our butterflies. Take one class, or take them all!

Little Bugs: 

Mondays, 11 a.m-noon. Ages 2–4

Super Bugs:

Saturdays, 11 a.m-12:30 p.m.  Ages 5-6

Morning Photo Sessions

Early access to our Tropical Conservatory before the Butterfly House opens to the public. Enjoy self-guided time photographing tropical butterflies and plants with a small group of people.  Tripods are welcome. 

Rise and Shine with Butterflies

Release a butterfly into our Conservatory, then visit our butterflies in the calm early morning before we open for the day. Each class also includes a seasonal breakfast food and drink. You may purchase additional releases during the event.


Paint and Sip

Enjoy a fun evening of wine, food, and painting. Get inspired by our butterflies before sitting down in front of your canvas. Then, follow along with an instructor to learn how to paint a colorful butterfly on canvas!