Bring your questions, cameras, and curiosity and…
Experience the wonder of live butterflies and exotic frogs in Jim Thorpe’s unique hands-on education center, featuring an indoor “Flutterarium” live butterfly flight room, kids’ art space and activity room, and nature-based gift shop.
Learn all about butterflies, watch a short video, enjoy a fascinating and fun educational program from our knowledgeable staff, hand-feed butterflies, and create happy memories and a craft to take home.
A visit to the Sanctuary can be a metamorphosing experience!
Lots of indoor fun! Great for a rainy day.
Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary is permitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and strictly adheres to all regulations, requirements, and safeguards stipulated by such permits.
We are licensed for butterfly and moth species indigenous to Pennsylvania and also Florida. No tropical species are permitted. As required, proctors will always be in an exhibition space when visitors are present and it is against Federal law for visitors to remove any live species from exhibit areas.
- Indoor “Flutterarium” live butterfly flight room
- Live exotic frog room
- Native Caterpillar Exhibit
- Fun educational programs
- Monarch watch way-station
- Unique nature-based gift shop
- Outdoor picnic area
- Handicap access
- Walk-in hours 7 days a week (no reservations needed)
- Weekly specials and events
- Butterfly releases
- Free car and bus parking onsite
Beginning when possible / stay tuned for updates
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Weekly specials and events!
At Bear Mountain Butterflies, You Can…
- Have a birthday party
- Earn a scout badge
- Have a unique nature-based shopping experience
- Meet our knowledgeable, friendly and passionate staff
Should I bring my toddler to see the butterflies?
We are a hands-on science-based education center and lots of fun, but if your child is too young to go to the movies, we are probably not the appropriate place for a visit. Perhaps you might consider a visit in July or August, bring a picnic, use our tables outside, and explore the native pollinators in the garden in front of the Sanctuary. In the wild, butterflies are not likely to fly in the face of your toddler! We LOVE children and don’t want them to be afraid of bugs.
What people are saying :
“I wanted to take the time to thank everybody at the Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary. My husband and I were there with our two young children . They had a great time doing the activities, and of course getting up close with the butterflies. We all had a great time and look forward to visiting again! I really liked the posters with all of the facts about different insects. The young man in the butterfly room was very knowledgeable too! Everybody was so friendly and knowledgeable! Thank you so much for the fun, educational experience! Sincerely, Aubrey”