Crowd Funding for Butterfly House Docent


The Dr. Bill Roston Butterfly House attracts thousands each year.Friends of the Garden and Missouri State University are partnering to raise funds to expand hours of operation at the popular Dr. Bill Roston Native Butterfly House in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The goal is to raise $5,000 through MSU’s crowdfunding web site to help fund a paid summer internship.

“We have many dedicated volunteers who staff the Butterfly House on weekends, but we want to be open on weekdays, too, during the peak season from May through August,” said Lisa Bakerink, president of the Friends of the Garden, the volunteer organization that operates the Butterfly House. The Butterfly House is scheduled to open for the season on May 8, 2015.

The Crowdfunding opportunity ends in late April.



Content about the annual Friends of the Garden Butterfly Festival - usually held in July.

Sixth Annual Friends of the Garden Butterfly Festival Event Report Monday, July 12, 2014

It was a hot weekend, but not too hot on Saturday, July 12, 2014, for thousands to enjoy the sixth Annual Friends of the Garden Butterfly Festival in the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park along with hundreds of icy snow cones! Vendors had a good day, and kids of all ages had a wonderful time. The layout for the event was more compact this year with the music stage as a definite part of the tented village. The idea to combine our festival with Springfield’s Mexican sister city, Tlaqueplaque, was a triumph. Not only were the Mariachi Viva Xalisco and the gentlemanly Paco Padilla a terrific musical addition, but the Mexican costumes of the musicians and dancers added to the fiesta. This kept the spirit of the butterfly festival alive during the heat of the day from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. even after all the hotdogs at the concession stand had been sold!

Please watch for the dates and more information on the seventh annual Butterfly Festival coming during July 2015 --Peter Longley

2014 Butterfly Festival Activities and Information

Friends of the Garden and the Springfield Sister Cities Association are proud to host this year’s Butterfly Festival in conjunction with the Sister Cities Fiesta. Traditional Mexican dancers, musicians, vendors, and food from Springfield’s Mexican Sister City of Tlaquepaque, Jalisco join the festivities as we highlight the connection between the US and Mexico in the conservation of the at-­-risk Monarch butterfly, which spends summers in the US and winters at several sites in Mexico including a sanctuary in Michoacán, near Jalisco.

2014 Butterfly Festival Brochure/Schedule

Read more: 2014 Butterfly Festival Activities and Information

The Dr. Bill Roston Butterfly House Information



Saturday & Sunday: 10 am- 6 pm
Weekdays: 5 pm - Dusk
Free Tram Saturday & Sunday: 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Open May - September


Want to spend some time enjoying the butterflies in our Butterfly House, while teaching others about these important animals? It’s easy to become a Butterfly House Volunteer Docent, Butterfly Collector or to get involved with Friends of the Garden. For group tours call 417.891-1515. To become a Butterfly House docent contact Lisa Bakerink at

The Dr. Bill Roston Butterfly House is maintained completely by volunteers. We’re funded only by your private donations. Your investment will help us expand our service to the community.

Mail donations payable to:
Friends of the Garden
PO Box 8566 | Springfield, MO 65801

We’re individuals & families who support the Botanical Center & Gardens in its mission to provide outstanding botanical, horticultural and environmental education opportunities for people of all ages. Anyone with an interest or appreciation in nature who wish to support the progress of the gardens is encouraged to join this non-profit organization Friends of the Garden. As a member, you’re a partner in the future of the these gardens.

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