March 18 - May 21, 2017

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.


Butterfly Interactive Gallery

Photos/Videos


Special Events

 

Simply Spring Opening Party – NCG Members-Only

Friday, March 17: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Kick off the annual butterfly exhibit with us! All NCG members are invited to help celebrate the opening of this ever-popular exhibit by releasing a butterfly into the butterfly house. Enjoy snacks punch, and face painting while making memories to last a lifetime. This event is free for NCG members. To register, or to become a member, call 815-987-8858 today!

 

Breakfast with the Butterflies

April 8, 9, 15, 22, 23, 29, 30

Join us for a unique and intimate breakfast experience with the butterflies at Nicholas Conservatory.  Begin your morning with a delicious breakfast provided by Granite City, meet our lovely Butterfly Fairy and enjoy fun butterfly craft. Children will receive a gift from the butterfly fairy. Your morning will end with a trip through our Simply Spring Exhibit seeing native and tropical butterflies up close and personal. All attendees must register. $14 residents of Winnebago County, $16 non-residents. Children age four & under $6 residents, $8 non-residents.

Sponsored by Granite City Food & Brewery

 

Build a Butterfly-Friendly Garden

Saturday, April 8: 1-2pm

Though the butterflies are in full flight at the Nicholas Conservatory, the season for butterflies is only beginning in Northern Illinois! Come learn from Nicholas Conservatory staff how easy it is to incorporate butterfly-friendly principles into your yard and garden. Included with admission
 

 

Wild Ones Native Woodland Plant Sale

Sunday, May 7: 10am-3pm

Wild Ones of Rock River Valley offers native woodland at affordable prices just in time for spring planting. Plant those shady areas with woodland wildflowers, grasses, sedges, and ferns native to Northern Illinois.

 

Mom & Me Tea

May 13, 2017: 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Don your afternoon tea attire and join us for a unique and intimate afternoon tea party at Nicholas Conservatory.  Begin your afternoon with some sweet treats, tea and juice. Your tea time will include a trip through our Simply Spring Butterfly Exhibit seeing native and tropical butterflies up close and personal. All are welcome! All attendees must register. $14 residents of Winnebago County, $16 non-residents. Children age four and under $7 residents, $8 non-residents.