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Butterfly Days at a Distance

If a traditional group field trip is not possible, we still want to support your education effort and provide a fun, interactive experience for your students.

Butterfly Days at a Distance is a three dimensional experience provided to you at no cost, thanks to our sponsors. It won’t be the same as our traditional Butterfly Days Field Trips, but we hope it will enhance your students’ educational experience nonetheless!

  1. Introductory Video – The introductory video allows you to introduce your students to new science concepts and questions while also preparing them for a visit to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, however that may be possible. 
  2. Audio Tour – The audio tour is a downloadable feature for phones or tablets of Mac, PC or Android. Schools can arrange for small groups to visit the garden and tour together or teachers can send the link to students so that they experience the audio tour while visiting the garden with their family at their convenience throughout the week. 
  3. Q & A session – A Question and Answer session can be set up to take place live with a BGO representative on the virtual platform of your choice. Alternatively, questions can be emailed for a return email of answers. 

Thanks to both the Walmart Foundation and The Schmieding Foundation, Inc. for their generous support of our educational programs!

To sign up: Register Here!

For more information contact the Education Director, Roslyn at rimrie@bgozarks.org.

Thank you to our Educational Sponsors!

Butterfly Information

Butterflies are a popular seasonal attraction at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, and we’re excited to announce some new features to help you get the most out of your visit here. Native butterflies can be found in our Butterfly House (the only one in Arkansas) May-October. You can also observe butterflies throughout the garden during this time.   Before you visit, please watch our introductory video to learn more about what you can expect to see, as well as garden etiquette.

We also have a Butterfly Days Audio Tour available for download for just $2. It can be purchased when you pay Garden admission and listened to as you explore the botanical garden.  The $2 fee can be waived if you qualify for Community Access.

Butterfly Research

A citizen science project between the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, the University of Arkansas and YOU!

Butterflies, birds, flowers and a wide variety of animals and plants come in a spectacular range of colors and shapes.  One of the main goals of biology is understanding why this variation exists, and how changes in color and shape influence behavior, such as feeding, resting and predator avoidance.

The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks has teamed up with University of Arkansas professor Dr. Erica Westerman and the Northwest Arkansas community to study whether butterfly wing pattern (color & size) can be used to predict butterfly behavior; particularly what flowers they visit, what time of day they are active and what weather conditions they fly in.  Dr. Westerman has deployed temperature and light sensors around the gardens, and we have compiled a checklist of butterfly wing patterns and behaviors.

Your task, if you choose to accept it, is to pick up one of these checklists from the BGO Visitors Center and then keep your eyes out for butterflies as you travel through the garden.  Every time you see a butterfly, check its color and size and what it’s doing (feeding, flying, sitting).  If it’s feeding or sitting, please also note the color of the flower it is feeding or sitting on.  If you happen to know the species of butterfly, go ahead and write that down too!

The data you collect will be compiled with that of other garden visitors and UARK researchers. Your data will help scientists address questions concerning animal behavior, diversity, and NWA pollinator community health.

For more information or to learn more about Dr. Westerman’s research, visit her website.

You can fill out the butterfly data collection form online as you walk through the garden!

Staying home? You can still participate! Just click below to fill out the “at home” butterfly data form.