March 23 - June 9, 2019

Celebrate the arrival of spring at Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens as you experience the magical world of butterflies!

Enjoy being surrounded by live butterflies in the tropical conservatory, and see the whole butterfly life cycle in action as you view butterflies emerging from their chrysalis in the emergence area.

Experience the beauty of native and exotic tropical butterflies!

Regular admission rates apply to this exhibit.

NOTICE: Due to the limited capacity of the butterfly house, on busy days timed butterfly house tickets are given to guests upon arrival. On weekends, the butterfly house often sells out by early afternoon – arrive early for your best chance to see the butterflies! Butterfly house tickets cannot be pre-purchased. Admission tickets and NCG membership do not guarantee butterfly house admittance.

Special Events

Breakfast with the Butterflies


Join us for a unique and intimate breakfast experience with the butterflies at Nicholas Conservatory. Begin your morning with a delicious breakfast, meet our lovely Butterfly Fairy and enjoy fun butterfly activities. Your morning will end with a trip through our Simply Spring exhibit, seeing native and tropical butterflies up close and personal. This hands-on experience will be a beautiful and enriching morning! Children will also receive a special butterfly gift.


  • 5 years and older: $16 Resident, $18 Non-Resident

  • 1-4 years: $12 Resident, $14 Non-Resident

  • Under 1 year old: FREE

Resident Rates apply for all Winnebago County residents


  • April 13, 2019: 8:00 am and 9:30 am seatings

  • April 14, 2019: 9:00 am seating

  • April 27, 2019: 8:00 am and 9:30 am seatings

Call 815-987-8858 to register.

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