Request for Baby Food Boxes

Plea for help from Friends of the Garden: Do you have Gerber baby food clear plastic boxes with snap on lids?

Request made by Bob Kipfer

Here comes another plea for help from Friends of the Garden. We are always looking for more volunteers, but here is an opportunity for busy mothers of toddlers. Gerber baby food comes in clear plastic boxes with snap on lids, they are perfect for collecting butterflies and transporting them the Bill Roston Native Butterfly House in Close Memorial Park. If you can save a bunch of them, email rkipfer@sbcglobal.net and we will arrange to pick them up. Now wasn't that easy?

The Dr. Bill Roston Butterfly House

Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House

at the Botanical Center Gardens

in Close Memorial Park

An "Up Close and Personal" Look

The Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House lets you get an up-close look at native butterflies as they transform from egg to caterpillar, from caterpillar to chrysalis, and finally from chrysalis to butterfly! Learn about host plants and how to attract butterflies to your home landscape. Interpretive guides will help you find critters and answer your butterfly questions. The Butterfly House is a favorite field trip destination for group tours. The Butterfly House had 15,332 official visitors in 2010 followed by 17,001 in 2011. In 2013, the visitors totalled over 23,000.

Dr. Bill Roston
Only Native Butterfly House

This is the only native butterfly house in Missouri that operates from mid-May through September. We are here dedicated to the conservation of our dwindling number of native butterflies—these are the butterflies you might see in your own gardens. The Butterfly House looks like a greenhouse, but instead of glass it is covered in fine netting that keeps the butterflies inside for your enjoyment. What you will discover in the house is the life cycle of our most common Ozark butterflies. Inside, are thirty types of host plants, on which the female butterfly can lay eggs. You can see the butterflies laying their eggs; you can see the caterpillars emerge and develop into pupa. You may even see the magic moment when the adult butterfly emerges from the pupa. There is literature available to assist you in your education if a volunteer is not there to guide you through.

Hours

The Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10AM to 6PM and weekdays, 5PM to dusk, May 9th through September 2014. Admission is free (donations welcome) and there are docents available to show you around and answer your questions. It's never too late to sign up to become a volunteer docent in the House! If are interested in learning more contact Lisa Bakerink at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For group tours call 417.891.1515.

Tram Service

The free tram service will be provided from 1–4:30 pm on weekends, April through September. The tram service will pick up from the main parking lot at the Botanical Center near the east entrance. It will make a basic loop around Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park past many of the gardens and attractions.  The tram is sponsored by the Springfield-Greene County Parks Department.

See also: The Butterfly Garden

Explore a garden of host plants for caterpillars and butterflies! This garden showcases plants to attract an amazing variety of butterflies to the home landscape. Chase a butterfly or two and pick up some ideas to try at home! Butterflies use two different types of plants - those that provide nectar for the adults to eat (nectar plant), and those that provide food for their offspring (host plant).

Dial & Discover

What else can you find in the Butterfly House and Garden? All the gardens and special features in the park are part of a self-guided audio tour. Call 417.213.3016, then enter 46# for the Butterfly House and 47# for the small garden just west of the Butterfly House, and 45# for the Butterfly Garden. There’s no cost except your minutes, try it out!

Butterfly

Photo by Roy Thompson

Butterfly Festival July 12, 2014

This free event is a favorite of children and adults and celebrates all things butterfly-related. Children’s activities include crafts and a caterpillar petting zoo. Vendors set up shop selling a variety of plants and garden-related merchandise. A series of classes including butterfly photography and butterfly identification are offered.

Monarch Tagging in September

Volunteer tagging reveals the general movements of the Monarch throughout the western states and allows us to learn about how climate trends and human encroachment affect their migration patterns and populations.

Get Involved

Want to make children smile? You can become a trained volunteer docent! Help visitors gain a better understanding of butterflies, butterfly gardening and the natural habitat in which butterflies thrive. Learn the difference between butterflies & moths and butterfly identification. Volunteer a few hours, one day a week, or one day a month. Schedules are flexible. Contact us for details, call 417.891.1515.

Create your own butterfly garden or register your garden as a Monarch Waystation with the Friends of the Garden informative brochures available in the Butterfly House and at the Botanical Center.

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Species Thriving

Native Butterfly Species Thrive In Local Butterfly House
Missouri State University News, July 1, 2013
Video featuring Dr. Chris Barnhart Part 1
With Grant Bolton & Steven Beach Part 2

An egg brings forth a caterpillar, the caterpillar changes into a chrysalis, and from a chrysalis comes a butterfly. These changes in a butterfly reveal so much about the life cycle and are fascinating for the young and old. Dr. Chris Barnhart, professor of biology at Missouri State University, discusses native butterflies and the Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House.

A Love Song for All Life - Benefit Concert

 

HOURS:

Saturday & Sunday: 10 am- 6 pm
Weekdays: 5 pm - Dusk
Free Tram Saturday & Sunday: 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Open May - September

100% VOLUNTEER:

Want to spend some time enjoying the butterflies in our Butterfly House, while teaching others about these important animals? It’s easy to become a Butterfly House Volunteer Docent, Butterfly Collector or to get involved with Friends of the Garden. For group tours call 417.891-1515. To become a Butterfly House docent contact Scott at butterflies@friendsofthegarden.org or 417.860.8272.

The Dr. Bill Roston Butterfly House is maintained completely by volunteers. We’re funded only by your private donations. Your investment will help us expand our service to the community.

Mail donations payable to:
Friends of the Garden
PO Box 8566 | Springfield, MO 65801

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