When: Saturdays & Sundays in October!
(AND Thanksgiving Monday!)

They're everywhere! Woolly bear caterpillars become more visible in late fall and this beloved creature is the focus of weekends in October.

Have you ever heard that woolly bears can predict the weather? We will reveal the truth about the woolly bear's stripes and you'll discover how they survive through the winter.

Come meet our own woolly bears up close & learn more about these fascinating critters!

Check out our Woolly Bear photo album on Facebook to see more pictures.

Regular Admission applies.

Have you found a Woolly Bear? Download our free "Care for Bears" Brochure to learn how to raise your own Woolly Bears at home!


Take Part in fun Woolly Bear Themed Activities!

All-Day Activities:

  • Caterpillar Crafts - self-serve in the classroom
  • Scavenger Hunt - in the Conservatory
  • Meet the Woolly Bears - in the Conservatory

Scheduled Activities:

  • Storytime in the Galleries:
      10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm
  • Outdoor Bear Hunts (Guided Walks):
      11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm

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Milk & Cookies with Santa

Saturday December 9th, 2017

Ho Ho Ho! Santa is coming to the Butterfly Conservatory! Have fun decorating cookies and get a chance to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus. A great photo opportunity! Please note: Reservations are required, and full payment is due upon reservation.


Buy your tickets online!

11:00am - Limited spots available! Call 519-653-1234 x. 102 to register.

1:00pm - SOLD OUT

3:00pm - Limited spots available! Call 519-653-1234 x. 102 to register.



Great value! Ticket price includes: Milk & Cookies, Visit with Santa, and Admission to Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. Tickets are transferable but non-refundable.

Adults/Seniors/Youth $15.00 +HST

Children (age 3-12) $11.50 +HST

Children (age 1-2) $5.75 +HST

Please note that memberships and special promotions like Groupon are not applicable for this event.

PEST: Amy Swartz

"Pest" Art Installation at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Pest Exhibit CasesCambridge Butterfly Conservatory is pleased to host "Pest: Hybrid insect sculptures by the thousands", a visual art installation by artist Amy Swartz. The installation is comprised of 12 collection cases each containing carefully crafted scenes staged by Swartz's unique creations that combine insects with various artificial parts. All of the insects used in Swartz's art died of natural causes and some of the insects on display were donated by Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. "Pest" was funded by The Toronto Arts Council and The Ontario Arts Council.

"Pest" is on Exhibit at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory from Feb 26 - July 3, 2013. Regular Admission applies.

Join Amy Swartz for an Artist's Tour:
April 14th, 2:30pm

Regular Admission applies.


"Swartz constructs a world where monstrous butterflies are herded by a game crew
of winged warriors, or warrior bees stand off against a rag-tag crew of lesser bugs
in an epic entomological confrontation. Subversive science, conceptual process,
a cheekily critical reprisal of the consistant human urge to cast away any and all
lesser creatures as decorative and at our disposal. "Pest" is all these things and more."

- Murray White, Toronto Star

Artist's Biography

Amy Swartz is a Toronto‐based artist with an MFA from York University, a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a BA from Trent University in Cultural Studies. She creates highly detailed and meticulously crafted collections that combine both natural and artificial materials in miniature sculptures. Her work explores the idea of obsession — not only in the practice of art, but also in humanity’s general perception regarding our control over nature, life, and death.

As R.M. Vaughan wrote “Swartz makes even the tiniest deaths meaningful (and, yes, morbidly funny).” Her work has been showcased in Canadian Art Magazine, The Toronto Star (where Pest was listed as one of the ten art installations that ‘Got it Right’), The Globe and Mail, Now (where Pest was listed among the week’s ‘Must See Art’), and Grid Magazine. The Toronto Star recently concluded, “the buzz — if you’ll pardon the pun — was unstoppable. In a set of vitrines at the Angell Gallery, Swartz put on display her extraordinarily beautiful, creepy compulsion…. It was one of those things you don’t question why, how or who — you’re just happy it’s here and that you had the good luck to stop in for a look.”

Artist's Statement

Pest Art Installation My large-scale collections of extremely small-scale hybrid pieces are intended to foster a sense of wonder and intimacy with the natural, imaginary and everyday world that is generally overlooked. The vast accretion of sculptural specimens for the installation Pest has also become a place of obsessive over‐collection. This work is my reflection on the restrained chaos of life, our own pest-like behavior as a species, as well as our absurd attempt to control the natural world and our mortality. My intention is for this work to serve as a metaphor for overpopulation and extinction while at the same time retaining the sense of life’s beauty and eccentricity, allowing us to contemplate things imagined, feared, longed for and lost.

Click here to visit Amy Swartz's website >


Join us for...

Cheecho's Birthday!

November 4th, 2017

The Conservatory's beloved parrot is turning 10! Cheecho is a fun-loving green-cheeked conure who has grown up amongst the butterflies at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. We are throwing Cheecho a party and we hope you can join in the fun!

  • Free cake and punch (11 - 4)!
  • Sign Cheecho's birthday card!
  • Fun birthday crafts!
  • Photo ops with Cheecho! We sing "Happy Birthday" to him every hour between 11 am - 4 pm.
  • Goody bags!

Regular Admission applies.


Host your Child's Birthday

at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory!

Our popular birthday party packages include a one hour program with a guided tour, private party room rental and lunch!

Learn more about Birthday Parties


Canada's Waterscapes


Canada’s Waterscapes gives viewers a chance to dive in and discover five of Canada’s aquatic ecosystems, including oceans, lakes, rivers, wetlands and estuaries. Audio features, video displays and life-size dioramas make this a highly interactive and family friendly exhibit. Visitors can conduct their own symphony of frog calls, discover the nesting grounds of the endangered Whooping Crane, and marvel at the intricacy of the baleen from a Minke Whale.

“We are delighted to host this engaging and informative exhibit at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory this summer.” says Adrienne Brewster, Executive Director. “Visitors of all ages will have fun exploring their aquatic side.”

Canada’s Waterscapes is the newest travelling exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Nature, sponsored in part by Parks Canada, Canadian Water Network, RBC’s Blue Water Project and the National Science and Engineering Research Council.

Canada's Waterscapes exhibit is included with Regular Admission.