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Young girl admires a blue morpho in the Butterfly Habitat

Butterfly Habitat

Wander through our unique, seasonal Butterfly Habitat (open each fall and spring) and witness the fascinating dance between free-flying butterflies, the plants that sustain them, and their important role as pollinators in the ecosystem.

You'll emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals.

Thanks to the generosity of the Springs Preserve Foundation, all visitors can experience the Butterfly Habitat this season at no additional cost.

Current hours and admission

The Butterfly Habitat is open for the spring season Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., April 6 through May 27, 2024. Members get early entry beginning at 9:30 a.m. Last admission will be 15 minutes prior to close. The schedule is subject to change based on weather conditions and special event availability.

Kids looking at a blue morpho in the Butterfly Habitat

Photos: Butterfly Habitat

Our Butterfly Habitat is open each spring and fall. View this photo gallery to explore around the Habitat and get a look inside!

Video: Tried and True

Press play to learn more about the various species of butterflies that call the Springs Preserve home and how they survive in the Mojave Desert.

Video: Attracting butterflies

We’ve filled our Habitat with butterfly-friendly plants. If you’re looking to attract some fluttering friends to your own yard, consider planting these nectar plants.

Want to know more about our butterflies?

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Tropical Blue Wave

Tropical Blue Wave

Gulf Fritillary

Gulf Fritillary

Banded Orange Longwing

Banded Orange Longwing

Identify additional butterfly species you may see at the Habitat.

Blue Morpho Facts

Of all the species we display, the blue morpho is a favorite of our guests. Watch this video to learn about their beautiful coloration.

Monarch Facts

Did you know that the monarch butterfly is poisonous if eaten? Learn more about "the king of butterflies" by watching this video.

What Butterflies Eat

In this video, Springs Preserve zoologist Thomas O'Toole explains what—and how—butterflies eat.

Bronze Garden bench plaque with sample text

Support the Butterfly Habitat

When you purchase a bronze bench plaque, you support the ongoing operation and maintenance needs of the Habitat. Plaques will be installed near the Habitat and make wonderful and enduring birthday, anniversary, legacy or memorial gifts. Purchase your plaque today!

Crayons and activity sheet

Kids activity sheet

Help your kids learn more about butterflies prior to their visit by having them complete this Butterfly Activity Sheet. The completed activity sheet can be redeemed for 100 bonus points in the Nature Exchange!

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