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

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



For ages 6–12. Explore the magnificent world of bugs and butterflies and learn about plant and animal relationships through Butterfly House Adventures. Each class includes a take-home craft and time for families to connect with nature. Price per child, per class. One adult per child. Younger siblings may attend at regular admission rates. Walk-ins welcome.

Saturdays, October 13–February 9; 10:30-11:30 a.m
$7 members; $9 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. 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. 

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

Butterfly House Photography
Monday, February 11; 9:30–noon
$38 members; $46 non-members

Scout Programs

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


All Scout Programs
Cub Scout Programs
Girl Scout Programs

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