The Cole Family Monarch Conservation Center and Butterfly House

See beautiful native butterflies up close and discover how you can put conservation into action by choosing garden plants that serve as hosts and food sources for pollinators!

Experience Info

Cost, per person: Included with general admission or membership

Availability: Daily; 10am - 5pm

Capacity: The exhibit can accomodate 40 individuals at once

Reserve your space in line using our free app. Search for "Greensboro Science Center" in the App Store or Google Play Store.


  • Park strollers in the hall.
  • No food or drinks are allowed inside.
  • Butterflies may land on or touch you – but please do not touch them.
  • Leave flowers for butterflies, please.
  • Stay on the path, not in the garden.
  • Get your phone ready with our app to bring the mural to life!


  1. Search the App Store or Google Play Store for our free app, "Greensboro Science Center."
  2. In the app, click on "Butterfly House"
  3. Use the arrows to enter the number of people in your party
  4. Join the line!

When it is your turn to enter, you'll receive a notification on your phone (make sure you have notifications turned on!). Show your screen to the butterfly house host to enter.

You can check your place in line at any time by visiting the Butterfly House on the app, where you can see the number of groups ahead of you.

Your party will have 30 minutes from the time the notification is sent to check in before your space in line is forfeited.

Black Swallowtail
Painted Lady

Conservation IconConservation Note!

The Greensboro Science Center is a proud partner of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums' SAFE North American Monarch program. AZA SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction focuses the collective expertise within AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums and leverages their massive audiences to save species.

Take Action To Save Species

Create a safe stopover area for monarch migration:

Plant native flowering plants. Fuel their travels with a diverse buffet. Be sure to include milkweek - the only host plant for monarchs!

Don't mow, let the flowers grow. Taller grasses create habitat for pollinators. Not ready to stop mowing? Try letting a small section of your yard grow and watch for new visitors!

Use fewer pesticides and fertilizers. Reducing or eliminating chemicals on your lawn and gardens creates safer, healthier habitats for pollinators!

Remove invasive species. Invasive and non-native plants often bloom early, depriving native plants of sunlight and soil nutrients. Remove them so native plants can thrive, creating healthy habitats for pollinators!

Community Science Opportunities:

Journey North: Track Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project: Collect data on larval monarch populations and milkweed habitat

Monarch Joint Venture: More ways you can help!

Meet the Butterflies

American Lady
Black Swallowtail
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail

Painted Lady
Red Admiral