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A Celebration of Wings, Wildlife and Biodiversity!

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ButterflyFest Oct. 8, 2017
Plant Sale Oct. 6-8, 2017

ButterflyFest, kids playingYou’ve landed in the right place to learn more about what’s in store for this year’s ButterflyFest. ButterflyFest is an annual fun-for-all-ages festival to celebrate backyard wildlife with an emphasis on pollinators!

ButterflyFest is dedicated to increasing awareness of Florida’s butterflies as fun, fascinating ambassadors to the natural world. Activities will promote inquiry and provide a call to action for the conservation and preservation of backyard wildlife and habitats.


  • Festival: Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 3-Day Plant Sale: Friday-Sunday

ButterflyFest, girl holding snakeAdmission

While the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit requires an admission price, the festival and ButterflyFest activities are free!

Butterfly Rainforest exhibit admission is $13 for adults ($11 Fla. residents) and $6 for ages 3-17. Admission is free for Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. Some vendors may charge for their services.

Note: The Museum does not have an ATM on-site.


Free parking is available in the large Cultural Plaza parking lot and garage adjacent to the Museum. Campus decal restrictions are not enforced on weekends.

(Subject to change)

From native butterfly releases, workshops and plant sales to entertainment and food, the schedule is set for fun for all ages!

Ongoing all-day events on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Refreshments, Vendors & Plant Sale (Outside)
  • Educational Groups (Various Locations Inside)
  • Children’s Area (Outside)

Saturday Oct. 7, 2016

Time Type Event Location
8-9:30 a.m. Workshop ($) Picture Perfect Photography Workshop Butterfly Rainforest

Sunday Oct. 8, 2016

Time Type Event Location
8-9:30 a.m. Workshop ($) Picture Perfect Photography Workshop Butterfly Rainforest
10:30 a.m. Workshop Intro to the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail and Wings Over Florida Front Classroom
11:30 a.m. Workshop Identifying Butterflies in the Field Front Classroom
12:30 p.m. Activity Pollinator Parade Outside
1 p.m. Activity Native Florida Butterfly Release Outside
2 p.m. Workshop Butterfly Hotspots for Wings Over Florida on the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail  Front Classroom
3 p.m. Workshop Landscaping for Butterflies and Other Pollinators Front Classroom
3:30 p.m. Activity Native Florida Butterfly Release Outside

The Museum will be open on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m.

($) – Not free. Pre-registration required. See link for more details.

The Florida Museum is hosting the fifth annual ButterflyFest Facebook Photo Challenge! The challenge is designed to educate and promote awareness of biodiversity and wildlife through photography.

Capture your best picture and enter by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, Sept. 18 for your chance to win prizes! Anyone, at any age, can enter this free challenge.

The Museum will post the top 10 images from entries received on its Facebook page Sept. 25, and the public will select the overall winner online via the most ‘likes.’ In addition, there will be a Judge’s Award given to the judging panel’s favorite image.

The winning photographers will be recognized during ButterflyFest.

Pollination Station

Interactive stations will give children the opportunity to simulate the pollination process of four key pollinators: bats, birds, bees and butterflies. Kids will gather in groups to learn about the actions of these pollinators while discovering how they impact and contribute to our daily lives.

Join us for a chance to win prizes and explore pollination through hands-on activities. This area is open throughout the festival on the lawn next to the parking garage.

Pollinator Parade

ButterflyFest paradeSunday, Oct. 8, 2017 | 12:30 p.m. (Children’s Area)

Wear your own pollinator costume for all Museum visitors to see as we celebrate these amazing animals during the annual Pollinator Parade! This is your chance to join bees, butterflies, bats and birds as we pledge to ensure the future of pollinators. The parade will begin in the Children’s Area.

Museum Gift Shops – Collectors and Butterfly

Make sure to stop by the Museum Collectors Shop and Butterfly Gift Shop for unique natural history, science and butterfly-themed items. The perfect spot to get your wings for the Pollinator Parade! Members receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases in the Museum Gift Shops.

Payment Options

The Museum does not have an ATM, so visitors are encouraged to bring cash if they would like to purchase items from festival vendors (as they may or may not offer other payment options).

Flutter, flap and frolic! Volunteers are needed for the 11th annual ButterflyFest at the Florida Museum of Natural History. As part of the festival, you will help increase awareness of Florida’s butterflies as fun, fascinating ambassadors to the natural world and promote the conservation and preservation of backyard wildlife and habitats. No underage volunteers will be accepted. Volunteers must be 18 and older with the exception of enrolled Junior Volunteers.

Sign Up Online to Volunteer

Need to get in touch with the Volunteer Coordinator? Call Amy Hester at 352-273-2055 or email volunteers@flmnh.ufl.edu.


For information on becoming a ButterflyFest sponsor, please contact Kara Schwartz at 352-273-2047 or email kschwartz@flmnh.ufl.edu.

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Name: Catherine Carey, ButterflyFest

Phone: 352-273-2064

Email: butterflyfest@flmnh.ufl.edu


Florida Museum of Natural History

3215 Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Phone: 352-846-2000

Website: http://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/visit/

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