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


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 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.


Insect Photography
Thursday, October 3; 5:30–8 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 
September 13 Register                      Sunday, September 22 Register
October 11 Register                            Saturday, October 26 Register
November 8 Register                         Sunday, November 24 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.


This summer, join a family reading program that connects nature-inspired books with the great outdoors!
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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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