About Education

A large part of our mission is to educate the general public in the role that not only butterflies, but all insects, play in the natural world. We strive to promote respect and appreciation for these fascinating creatures, and there’s no better way of doing that than by letting folks get up close and hands-on with the very critters that they have sometimes learned to fear. We give participants in our educational programs the chance to interact with some of the most amazing and beautiful insects in the world while they learn about the large role these small creatures have in various ecosystems.

In addition to tours available to walk-in visitors and small family groups, Idlewild Butterfly Farm offers both on-site and off-site educational opportunities to schools, scouts, clubs, and other groups.

Field Trips and Group Visits – We welcome classrooms, summer camps, youth programs, scout troops, garden clubs, senior living communities, special needs and assisted living communities, and other special interest or community groups. While we can accommodate larger groups, our facility is best suited for groups of 40 or less so that everyone has an opportunity to experience everything we have to offer. Groups usually spend one to one-and-a-half hours in our facility and insectarium, and during warmer months can experience our live butterfly flight house. Click here for full information on field trip rules and pricing, then give us a call to inquire about scheduling.

School Visits and other groups – Let one of the entomologists on our staff bring the show to you! Your students will be awe-struck by the many native and exotic species of insects we can bring directly to the classroom. Prices vary depending on your needs, so please call today for more information or to schedule your school visit. And we aren’t limited to the classroom! Book us for your garden club, scout meeting, summer camp, and more!

Special Classes – We host many educational workshops throughout the year on a number of different topics. Check our Events page, visit our Facebook, sign up for our mailing list, or contact us directly for more information about our workshops, classes, and special events. All of our workshops are open to the general public, but registration and pre-payment is required.

Interested in a field trip or school visit?

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Make sure to read our Field Trip Rules and Info before submitting your query.

Include as much information as possible, such as when you’d like to visit and how many your group includes, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.