Monarch Butterfly Festival

Discover the life and times of the Monarch Butterfly by walking into a room filled with free-flying butterflies, holding caterpillars, and watching citizen scientists tag butterflies before they travel to Mexico.

Audubon has turned the multipurpose room into a garden of flowers and free-flying butterflies. Learn about the plight of the Monarch Butterflies and how you can help as you enjoy an up-close look at free-flying butterflies. Register to attend this family favorite event and when you arrive, be sure to sign up for your time slot in the butterfly room upon arrival. In order to promote COVID-19 safe practices, the butterfly room will be limited to 30 guests at a time.

This Monarch event features the hows and whys of Monarch Conservation. There will be tables featuring the life cycle of the caterpillar, including some that can be held. There will be a station where Monarch’s are tagged to record their migration to Mexico. There will be nature walks, butterfly programs, butterfly garden plants for sale, a food truck, and more.

Monarch’s will be released at 6:00 p.m.


COVID-19 Information: ACNC requires that face coverings are worn by all individuals both indoors and outdoors despite their vaccination status for programs that include 50 or more people. Please plan accordingly.

2021 Monarch Butterfly Programs Sponsors

Click here for more information on sponsoring the Monarch Butterfly programs.

Frucella’s Income Tax Service
Ashville General Store
Jamestown Kitchen and Bath
Courier Capital LLC


An additional Thank you to Audubon’s Community Partners:

Bob and Kathy Frucella
Carnahan-Jackson Foundation
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

The Lenna Foundation
The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation
The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

The Boocha Family
Bush Industries, Inc.
Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance

Community Foundation of Warren County
Defrees Family Memorial Fund
Hal and Mary Conarro

Metallic Ladder Manufacturing Corp. 
Univera Healthcare




Audubon Community Nature Center
1600 Riverside Road
Jamestown, NY 14701

(716) 569-2345

Click here for directions

Hours and Admission

Nature Center Hours:

Monday - Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Building Admission:

Members - Free
Non-member Adult (ages 16+) - $6
Non-member Child (ages 3 - 15) - $2
Children ages 2 and under - Free
Maximum cost for a Family - $15
Free admission to the Nature Center for SNAP/EBT cardholders.
Free admission for all on Sundays

Grounds and Outdoor Exhibits:

Open daily, year round from dawn to dusk free of charge

Click here for holiday closings

Thank you, Community Partners

Audubon Community Partners make a significant financial contribution each year because they believe that every child deserves the opportunity to have a real and healthy connection to nature.

Carnahan-Jackson Foundation
Chautauqua Region Community Foundation
Curt and Susie Westrom
Holmberg Foundation
Hultquist Foundation
Jessie Smith Darrah Fund

Lenna Foundation
Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation

Bob Frucella's Tax Service
Bush Furniture, a Brand of eSolutions Furniture 
Hal and Mary Conarro
Univera Healthcare
Weinberg Financial Group
Whirley Drinkworks