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Butterfly Pavilion's Pollinator Place is now closed. The space will reopen on Friday, May 3rd as our new Origins: Building Life exhibit!

A Cultural Tradition

By supporting native monarch populations, we’re not only keeping an important pollinator population healthy but also helping preserve unique cultural traditions. These butterflies hold an especially significant spot as one of the essential symbols in the Mexican tradition of Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Every year, Monarch butterflies arrive at their overwintering grounds in Central Mexico by November 1st.  For this reason, they have been deeply tied to cultural traditions in the area. The arrival of the Monarchs is seen as the souls of beloved deceased friends and family and allows for the celebration of life and a day of remembrance.

Butterfly Pavilion celebrates this cultural tradition through Monarch Magic by opening our doors and providing a unique, unforgettable, and enchanting experience for all.  Guests of Butterfly Pavilion will not only leave with more knowledge about these magical butterflies but with a little more magic and wonder in their hearts.

Monarch Conservation

Protection of the species and their ecologically and culturally significant migration is still important. Monarchs are often representative of pollinators and invertebrates at large, so monarch conservation programs often support pollinator health at large.

What does the future for monarchs look like?  Visit the link below to learn more about monarch conservation!

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How you can help:

Here are some ways you can help our native monarchs:


  • Visit Butterfly Pavilion during Monarch Magic, November 3 – 30, 2023. Participate in community science- there are many projects that help scientists and researchers to learn more about monarchs and their life cycles so that we can better protect them in the future

  • Get a friend to join you—get your friends and family excited about monarchs; with more people we can have a bigger impact.

  • Plant a garden next spring—your garden doesn’t have to be big to be impactful so long as it has milkweed and native nectar plants. Monarchs need milkweed for their caterpillars and native nectar plants give them the food they need to migrate!

  • Donate to support Butterfly Pavilion’s mission to foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Conservation is in our hands 🦋 

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