Butterfly House & Pollinator Garden
Returning Again Summer 2023
Walk among free-flying native butterflies ** and other pollinators in the Tenafly Nature Center Butterfly House & Pollinator Garden. See if a butterfly will land on your nectar stick or just watch them fly around you as they move between nectar plants. Observe butterfly chrysalis in the chrysalis box. Maybe you will be lucky enough to see a butterfly emerge!
Butterfly House Hours of Operation
Mid June-Labor Day
The Butterfly House is a 12' x 24' structure and is located outside near our pollinator garden and visitors center. The butterfly house includes native species of LIVE butterflies and chrysalis, which vary by season. Offering visitors a total immersion experience for the young and old as it introduces guests to the wonders of metamorphosis.
This seasonal exhibit showcases several beautifully colored butterflies sipping nectar and taking flight, offering guests the opportunity to better understand and appreciate their life cycle and importance to the ecosystem. While you are visiting you are welcome to chat with staff or volunteers, ask questions, or simply relax and enjoy the space while butterflies flit and fly about.
2022 Butterfly House Daily Admission
TNC Members: FREE
Our pollinator garden is filled with host plants that naturally attract butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and along with a variety of other pollinators. You may even find a few ideas to try in your own garden!
Both areas are great settings for personal nature photography. Please note that while the butterfly house is not open during the off-season. The pollinator garden is accessible year-round; however, plant life and inhabitants vary seasonally.
**Butterflies are less active when temperatures are cool (below 70 F) or if it is overcast and/or raining.
*Sponsorship Available! We at TNC strive to bring our community together while providing fun and educational elements. Each event is unique and with your help, TNC can continue to build community traditions that connect people to nature while keeping costs affordable. Event sponsorships range from in-kind to organizational sponsors. Please click the button above or reach out to development@TenaflyNC.org to learn more.
Thank you for helping ensure this exhibit can continue
AJ & Amanda Schuster
The Erdtmann Family
Tenafly Rotary Club
Visitors are encouraged to show off pictures of their visit on social media using the #TNCButterfly #Tenaflynaturecenter
Interested in encouraging butterflies in your yard? This document lists nectar and host plants for NJ butterflies and moths.