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Butterfly EmergingMember Preview Day

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies

Thursday, July 14 - Sunday, August 7, 2016

10 am - 4 pm daily

 

Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Conservatory, including low-flyers like the playful yellow and black striped zebras and bright orange julias. More than a dozen species of butterflies, native to both Wisconsin and the more tropical areas of the southern United States can be seen at various times during the exhibit.

The life span of different butterflies varies from a few weeks to a few months. All flying butterflies are allowed to live out their natural lives in the Conservatory, with food sources remaining for them after the exhibit dates.

To see how Olbrich staff and volunteers prepare for Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies, visit

Behind the Scenes of Blooming Butterflies

Butterfly Identification Guide (PDF)

Ticket Prices

$7 ages 13 & up

$3 ages 3 - 12

Free ages 2 & under

Free for Olbrich Members

Member Preview Day

Wednesday, July 13, 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Be the first to see the live butterflies in Olbrich's Bolz Conservatory during the second annual Member Preview Day at Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies! Olbrich members get an exclusive sneak peak of the exhibit, witnessing the live butterflies fluttering overhead and seeing crysalises in development at the hatchery stations one day before we open to the public. Kids can explore the outdoor garden with a Butterfly Passport and receive a free ice cream coupon for Michael's Frozen Custard.

This preview event is open to Olbrich members only. To become a member, call 243-0153 or visit our Membership page for more information!

 

Butterfly Passports

After spotting bright butterflies inside the Bolz Conservatory, children can follow the paths through the outdoor gardens on a quest to complete their Butterfly Passports. Find the five stations, read a few fun facts, then answer a few simple questions. Fill up the passport and earn one free junior cone from Michael's Frozen Custard, valid at the Atwood Avenue location.

 

Insect collection display

Butterfly CasesAll visitors to Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies can be amazed by hundreds of exotic butterflies and insects from one of the most impressive displays of exotic insects in North America. Dan Capps' collection ranges from butterflies to beetles to bees, and includes specimens from every continent.

Meet collector's son, Jeff Capps, in person and talk to him about the amazing insect collection on Fridays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

Group Visits to Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies

School groups, daycares, camps, bus tours, and other groups are welcome to visit Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies. We hope you will join us for this truly amazing event and register your group for a visit.

Groups larger than 10 people must register in advance.

Please call 608-246-4550 to schedule a time for your group to visit so we can provide the best experience possible for your group and other vistiors as well.

Limited dates and times may be available for group visits.

Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies is $7 for ages 13 & up, $3 for ages 3-12, and free for ages 2 & under. One group leader and the bus driver will receive free admission into the exhibit. Payment can be made on arrival with the Event Manager. Cash, check, debit or credit card (Visa, MasterCard or Discover) are accepted. Please do not bring carry-in food or drink into the building. Outdoor picnic areas are available nearby.

 

Accessibility at Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies

Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are allowed in the Bolz Conservatory during Olbrich's Blooming Butterflies. For more information about Olbrich's wheelchairs and scooters available for use, please visit the Accessibility Page.

 

Strollers

For the enjoyment of all visitors, the use of strollers is discouraged inside the Conservatory. Stroller parking is available in the lobby.

 

Sponsor

John J. Frautschi Foundation

 

Media Partners

                                Magic 98                    NBC-15

 

Wisconsin State Journal

 

Butterfly Passport Sponsor

Michael's Frozen Custard

Butterfly Enthusiast

Group Health Cooperative

 

With additional support from

Bagels Forever

 

UPCOMING Events

Children of the Rainforest featuring Zhong Yi Kung Fu Association - January 23

Cocktails in the Conservatory featuring DJ Surf 'n' Turf- January 29

Winter Concert Series - Sundays in February and March

Children of the Rainforest featuring DanzTrad - February 27

 

 

 

Olbrich Botanical Gardens is operated as a public-private partnership between the City of Madison Parks Division and the Olbrich Botanical Society.
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | 3330 Atwood Avenue, Madison, WI 53704. | Phone: (608)246-4550 | Fax: (608)246-4719