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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
12:00-4:00 pm

Closed Mondays-Thursdays
also closed on July 4th and 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
Become a member today and visit the Butterfly House all summer!

Non-members: $2/person

  • Young children who will be held off the floor by an adult the entire time inside the house are free.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Butterfly house admission does not include trails

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.

Are you interested in Supporting the Butterfly House?

*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 to learn more.

2022 Sponsors

Thank you for helping ensure this exhibit can continue

Butterfly Level

AJ & Amanda Schuster
Emily Yang & Roger Chang

Chrysalis Level

The Erdtmann Family
The Kim Family
Olga Milanos

Caterpillar Level

Tenafly Rotary Club
Garin Toren

Egg Level

Mark Aiello
Stacey Goldberg
Susan Goldfarb Grossman
Philip Watts

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.

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