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AUGUST EVENTS 2023
August 4, 11, 18 and 25
Be part of the magic as Butterfly Wonderland Education Specialists release gorgeous tropical butterflies into the Conservatory. Have cameras ready and watch in wonder as these new butterflies take their first flight. Feel free to ask questions. FREE with admission.
Stingray & Shark Feedings
August 5, 12, 19, and 26
Tropical Waters Observation Pool
Learn interesting facts about the venomous round stingrays and Agatha, the horn shark in the Tropical Waters gallery during this educational Aquarist Talk and Live Feeding. Join Sara Donaldson at the Observation Pool as she interacts with these fascinating sea creatures and be sure to take home a free horn shark education card too. FREE WITH ADMISSION.
The Magic of Music and Butterflies featuring Aaron White
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Aaron White was recently awarded “Best Flute Album” by the American Music for Native American Artists for his album Moonlight Lovesongs. Listen to some beautiful flute music in Butterfly Conservatory. FREE WITH ADMISSION.
August 13 and 27
Little ones can learn about amazing insects in this fun story time and educational lesson heard for children. After story time, experts (animal curators) from Butterfly Wonderland introduced the audience to introduce LIVE insects including walking sticks, beetles, giant African millipedes, or something even more fascinating! FREE with admission.
Yoga in the Rainforest
August 17 and 22
5:15 - 6:15 p.m.; check in 5:00 p.m.
Practice yoga in the peaceful and magical surroundings of the Butterfly Conservatory featuring thousands of beautiful fluttering butterflies. This hour-long class will guide guests through a series of yoga poses that help build strength and gain flexibility. Ages 18 & up; $30/person. Pre-registration required; visit EventBrite.com to register or call (480) 800-3000, ext. 206.
Butterfly Brushstrokes at Night
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Grab a bestie and head to Butterfly Brushstrokes, a professionally led, fun and inspiring painting class that allows each participant to take home their own hand painted “butterfly Picasso”. All supplies are included in the price. Limited to 20 people. $30/public; $15 for members (covers supplies). Pre-registration required. Visit EventBrite.com to register or call (480) 800-3000, ext. 206.
NEW! ONE TIME ONLY!
Story Time featuring Puppeteers & Puppets from “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” stage show!
Butterfly Wonderland Theater
Step into the enchanting world of Eric Carle's timeless classic children’s book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” at Butterfly Wonderland. Join cast members and the beloved caterpillar and butterfly puppets from the critically acclaimed stage production of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” playing at The Madison Center for the Arts in Phoenix August 26 – Oct. 8, as they make a special stop at Butterfly Wonderland for this unique Story Time performance! Suitable for guests of all ages, don’t miss this one-time appearance followed by photo opportunities for children with the caterpillar and butterfly!
Waking Up with Butterflies
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Check-in at 8:15 a.m.
Enjoy a quiet hour photographing butterflies, birds, or reptiles. Director of Animal Care & Entomologist Derek Kellogg will be available to answer questions from guests about butterflies, plants, and the rainforest environment. Ages 18 & up; $28.95 for public (includes admission). FREE for members. Registration required. Call (480) 800-3000, ext. 206.
The Magic of Music and Butterflies featuring Jonathan Levingston
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Take a stroll through the Butterfly Conservatory surrounded by gorgeous tropical butterflies dancing to the irresistible sounds from classical violinist Jonathan Levingston. FREE with admission.
The Buzz About Bees
It’s un-BEE-lievable! Learn about bees, maintaining hives and more from local beekeeper Cricket Aldridge, founder of AZ Backyard Beekeepers. Visit Cricket in the Conservatory at the Honeybee exhibit where there will be time for Q & A after her presentation! Honey is available for purchase in the Butterfly Treasures Gift Shop. FREE with admission.
Leslie the Butterfly Fairy
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join Leslie the Butterfly Fairy from the Flutter Forrest as she visits Butterfly Wonderland! Leslie will be greeting guests at Butterfly Wonderland from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., posing for photos and talking about the beautiful butterflies! FREE with admission.