Butterfly Farms

Education, Conservation, Research

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We welcome school groups, garden clubs, and interested individuals. We are here to share our knowledge with in-depth educational tours of our vivarium and grounds.


We raise native butterflies including Monarchs. Monarch is symbolic of what we are doing to our ecosystem. Diverse species share the same habitat.


Monarch tagging/counts · 18 native butterflies being studied · Native and non-native butterfly host plant research. Here at Butterfly Farms we study Southern California native butterflies.

Welcome to Butterfly Farms Website

The mission of Butterfly Farms is to conserve native butterflies and their habitats through education and conservation. Please feel free to browse our website and join us in our efforts of Education, Conservation, and Research.

We are currently closed through April 2023 at the Farm in Poway.


Our butterfly free flight house (vivarium) is open to the general public with no reservation needed, for butterfly viewing, April 15 until November 15th, everyday from 10-3. Best days to visit are sunny warm days.

Our plant nursery is currently closed until April 15th our plant nursery is open 10-3 Tuesday through Saturday.

Vivarium visits are available during these hours and a $6 admission donation per person is requested.

Admission to the butterfly house is $6 per person. Children under 24 months in strollers are free.

Active duty military and their dependents are half price.

441 Saxony Road Encinitas, CA 92024




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Join today and enjoy a lot of benefits for only $10 a month over 12 months

Annual members receive FREE admission to 300+ botanical gardens through our partnership with the American Horticultural Society
2 Free Admission passes (Individual/Student/Military),
5 Free Admission passes (Family/Dual)
Subscription to Butterfly Chronicles quarterly newsletter
Discount on merchandise (10%)
Discount on host & nectar plants (10%)
Invitations to Members-only special events
Invitation to orientation events for new members
Advanced notice & reduced fees for Garden classes
Free or reduced admission to special events
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Opportunity to become farm volunteer

Mailing address:

PO Box 230408 Encinitas, CA 92023


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Butterfly Farms is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID: 46-4000153. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your legal or financial advisor.

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