Churchville Nature Center
Butterfly House
Welcome to the
Janet V. Machiewicz Butterfly House!
FREE For Members!
** Please note that the 2020 schedule has been changed due to coronavirus. Please scroll down to hours of operation for the currently planned schedule things develop. **
Always changing and always improving, the Butterfly House at Churchville is one of those special exhibits that makes CNC such a wonderful and unique place to visit. Run from mid-June through mid-September, the butterfly house showcases some of Bucks County's native Lepidopterans (butterflies & moths) at the different stages of their life cycle. This is an educational exhibit that is heavily supported and operated by a passionate base of volunteers who work to rear our butterflies, maintain the gardens & lead the educational tours.
Tours are done on the half hour, Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm during the opening season. Tours last approximately 20-25 minutes with visitors welcome to stay in the house after the tour. The house is open air so tours may be effected by the weather.
The structure is located through the Marlin D. Corn Wildlife Gardens, but tickets must be purchased at the front desk for admittance into the enclosure. Trails are brick and allow for wheelchairs and strollers.
As a native butterfly exhibit, the occupants of the house are always changing. To fully enjoy all that the house has to offer, we suggest returning throughout the season to see whats new as the summer progresses. Luckily, return visits are easier as admittance to the butterfly house is now included in all levels of membership. For more information on becoming a member check out our Membership Brochure.
Hours of Operation
**Due to the coronavirus pandemic we will be moving our initial opening back to August 1st.**
*How tours will run and exact hours of operation to be announced soon.*

**This section may not accurately represent the 2020 rescheduled season**
General Admission
Admission comes with a 20-25 minute tour of our butterfly house. Feel free to stay as long as you want and be sure to explore the butterfly enclosure, we have bees!
  • Adult = $8.00
  • Senior = $6.00
  • Children (4-13 years old) = $5.00
  • Under 4 = Free
  • Active Military Personnel = Free
CNC MEMBERS ARE FREE!

We do offer options for school and organizational tours of the house. These private tours are usually done outside of normal hours and are best to book in advance. Rates are discounted for large groups. Please contact the visitor center at 215-357-4005 for more information.
Beauty comes alive!
In the Butterfly House we house native butterflies (and occasionally moths) at each stage of their life cycle. From egg to adult, we showcase the wonders of insect metamorphosis and teach the importance of butterfly and host plant diversity. As a nature center, we hope each visitor leaves our butterfly house with a new found appreciation for butterflies and a smile on their face.
Butterfly House Special Events 2020

The Butterfly House at Churchville offers several fun activities outside of the main exhibit itself. While some programs change year to year, several offerings are annual and they include:
Arthropalooza! - TBA due to continued Covid-19 pandemic
Held the second weekend in August, the big butterfly house event is Arthropalooza! its a fun filled weekend for both families and invertebrate lovers alike that includes activities such as cockroach races, live arthropod demonstrations, a honey and beekeeping display, an Eat-A-Bug Station, dozens of live tarantulas and other live invertebrates. New activities and fun will be added each year so check it out!
Monarch Tag & Release Party - September 13th
We still plan to hold our annual monarch tagging this season, just in a different way than usual. To continue providing a safe environment for our visitors, we will be scheduling release times throughout the day. This means the release will be a more intimate experience with the butterflies where each tagger gets to release their butterfly as soon as it is tagged. This will still be a fun experience for the whole family, just in a safe and controlled environment. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!
Become a Docent or Attendant
Do you have a passion for butterflies, native wildlife and/or gardening? Well then consider joining our dedicated group of volunteers who keep the butterfly house running. From rearing to leading the educational tours, the butterfly house needs all the help it can get. Training will be provided for those interested in working with us. You can choose to be a docent and lead tours or be an attendant only and provide the needed support with rearing and garden maintenance. We consider this to be a very important volunteer position that takes a bit of training so we only take on individuals ages 16 and up who are willing to commit a minimum of one day a week through the season.
To set up an interview, please contact Mary Penney, our Coordinator of Volunteers at:
215-357-4005 ext 5038
v-mmpenney@buckscounty.org
Our Butterfly House will run from June 20th through September 12th for regular tours in 2020. Please contact us for more details.