One of the major ways we connect with the families in our community is through our Butterfly House and the activities scheduled therein. The Botanica Butterfly House is one of our most spectacular displays. Open May 31st through October 31st, over 50,000 people come specifically to see the butterflies in a natural habitat. Hundreds of butterflies fly throughout the netted house to the delight of both young and old with an up close and personal hatchery to watch the butterflies go from a chrysalis to emerging as a beautiful butterfly.
Botanica also offers complimentary specific events in conjunction with the Butterfly House to the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brother’s Big Sisters so that they may experience this amazing display. It is important for us to share this unique experience with all children regardless of their ability to be a member or pay the admission price. We work closely with the leaders of these other groups to create an appropriate event where the children can do a live butterfly release, receive some fun education on butterflies and have a beautiful memorable experience in the gardens. We typically see over 8,000 children through these events.
Educational classes are offered to school groups and booked tour groups. General educational activities are offered on a daily basis for the general public as well. In addition, we are adding amazing interactive signs that will entice pre-schoolers through middle school children to learn more about butterflies – their habitat, their anatomy, their life cycle, their general way of living and of course their importance to our world. These new educational interactive offerings will bring more families closer to appreciating butterflies and the habitats in which they survive and thrive.
There are three major community events that occur in the Butterfly House. The first one is the Annual Grand Opening which is a part of the Wichita River Festival week. Art projects, music, and children activities are done in celebration of the re-opening of our Butterfly House on May 31st with over 2,000 people in attendance. The second event is Monarch Days. Our education staff puts on different activities celebrating the Monarch and ultimately the migration of the Monarchs with over 100 school classes participating in the education and the following of the migration of the Monarchs. Finally, the Butterfly House’s last main community event is BOOtanica which is our Fall Family Festival that sees over 4,000 guests.
Any gifts are appreciated and will be recognized in our quarterly newsletter, The Cultivate.
Any gifts of $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 will be designated on the Butterfly Memorial Sign under their appropriate level. Gifts of $20,000 will be designated under the Monarch Level, $10,000 will be designated under the Swallow Tail Level, and the $5,000 will be designated under the Long-Wing Level.
Any of these type of gifts will also include up to 50 passes to give to family and friends to see the memorial sign and a Family or Individual Plus One Membership for one year. Finally, your gift will be fully tax deductible and Botanica will provide your family with the appropriate tax letter.
Your gift can be made with a credit card, a check, or selling stock options.
Your gift will automatically be placed into the Butterfly Endowment so that the money you gifted will go directly to the support of the purchasing of our amazing butterflies, the plants and flowers in the Butterfly House, the installation of the new educational and interactive signs, the replacement of our house netting and of course any other improvements necessary to provide the best experience for the families in our community.
Make a general donation or a specific donation for naming opportunities on the Butterfly Donor Sign below.
You may make a donation using our online service. Please specify who the donation is for in the order notes section at checkout.
For questions, please contact Jamee Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 316.264.0448