This is one of my (Kat’s) favorite annual events in Madison! I’ve gone every year since I moved here 10 years ago.
“Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Conservatory, including low-flyers like the playful yellow and black striped zebras and bright orange julias. More than a dozen species of butterflies, native to both Wisconsin and the more tropical areas of the southern United States can be seen at various times during the exhibit.
$3 children ages 3 – 12
Free: ages 2 and under
Free: Olbrich Botanical Society members
After spotting bright butterflies inside the Bolz Conservatory, children can follow butterfly stencils on the paths through the outdoor gardens on a quest to fill their Butterfly Passports with stamps. Find the stamping stations, read a few fun facts, then answer a few simple questions. Fill up the passport and earn one free junior cone from Michael’s Frozen Custard, valid at the 3826 Atwood Ave. location.
All visitors to Olbrich Botanical Gardens and Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies can be amazed by hundreds of exotic butterflies in local collector Dan Capps’ fascinating collection. Part of Capps’ collection will be on display in Olbrich’s lobby during Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies. Capps has traveled the world to build one of the most impressive displays of exotic insects in North America. His collection now totals more than 7,000 insects ranging from butterflies to beetles to bees, and includes specimens from every continent.”
Want to win a free ticket to Blooming Butterflies? Check out Olbrich’s Website Scavenger Hunt!
Explore the website to find the answers to the scavenger hunt questions. The first 500 people to answer the questions correctly will be mailed a free ticket to Olbrich’s Blooming Butterflies (up to a $5 value) to be used during the event, July 14 – August 8, 2010. Deadline for entries is July 26, 2010.