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 a variety of bugs, listen to a story, create a unique craft, visit our butterflies, and have a yummy snack. Class meet on Mondays in spring for 7 weeks, Mondays in summer for 4 weeks, Mondays in fall for 4 weeks, and Mondays in winter for 2 weeks.  Please view our course catalog for class dates. Price is per class. Take one class, or take them all!

Mondays, 11 a.m.–noon.
$12 Members; $15 Non-Members. Price per class.


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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 Non-Members
To schedule a date, please call (314) 577-0888 x 2 or email 



Join us for a night of relaxation and painting! Everyone will learn how to expertly paint a colorful work of art on canvas. Participants can also explore the Tropical Conservatory at night and enjoy wines from local vendors. Light snacks will be available too. These nights are for adults 21 and up and require advance reservations. 

Thursday, October 24; 6:30–8:30 p.m.
$45 members; $54 non-members.



A butterfly chrysalis is like a living jewel. Many are adorned with gold, silver, or jewel-tone colors. During this class, you will have the chance to photograph these amazing chrysalises up close. Close-up photography of chrysalises is not available to the general public. Don’t miss this special opportunity! Entomology staff will be on hand to identify and handle the chrysalises.  Professional photographer Scott Avetta will give instruction on how to achieve a perfect photo of each subject. You will also be able to photograph all our living butterflies during this class.

Monday, November 11; 6:30–8:30 p.m.
$43 members; $51 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.

9–10 a.m.
$8 Members; $10 Non-Members

Photography Fridays                  Shutterbug Saturdays & Sundays 
November 8 Register                  Sunday, November 24 Register
January 14 Register                    Sunday, February 23 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 Celebrations/Bridging Ceremonies
Scout Nights at the Butterfly House
Merit Badge Skill Center

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!
Learn more