Butterfly House


Our butterfly house & caterpillar nursery are both Seasonal Exhibits open mid-June thru mid-September.

2017 Season

Caterpillar Nursery

Open: May 19 until mid-June
Friday & Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 12 – 5pm
General Admission to the preserve includes access to the Caterpillar Nursery

Butterfly House & Caterpillar Nursery

Open:  June 12 – September 17
Monday – Saturday  10AM – 4 PM,   Sunday  12 – 5 PM
General Admission to the preserve includes access to the Butterfly House & Caterpillar Nursery

Butterfly Release (September 19, 2017 – weather permitting, date is subject to change)

Join us as we release all of our native Ohio butterflies so they can contribute to the local environment.
General admission applies to release day.

  • Participants can observe or assist with tagging and be releasing Monarchs during our release event.
  •  Jim Nero will share information about the Monarch Project.
  • Learn all about the Monarch migration and the research underway to better understand this amazing creature.

About the Butterfly House

When you reach the Butterfly House & Gardens area, you will notice the enclosed structure that is the home of our native butterflies, skippers,  moths and the many host plants that support them.  Visitors to the butterfly house will stroll down the garden path and discover these wonderful creatures in all stages of their life cycles.

The walkways inside the Butterfly House and around the Sensory Garden have been constructed with brick pavers.  They are solid enough to accommodate visitors that require assistance such as walkers or wheelchairs.  Wooden benches inside the Butterfly House and concrete benches outside in the Sensory Garden can be used to take a short rest or to just sit, relax, and enjoy.  You will be able to learn about the host and nectar plants that the many species need to survive.

Surrounding the Butterfly House are the Sensory Gardens and the Logs O’ Fun Playground.

Creation of the Butterfly House was funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Nature Works.


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