Fish family in exhibit Say swimming stingray Butterfly pollinating a flower
Fish family in exhibit Say swimming stingray Butterfly pollinating a flower

Butterfly House Renovations

Clara’s eyes widen with wonder.  Layla’s face lights up with fascination.  Louisa and Ryan delight in seeing their daughters experience such unique educational opportunities with nature, year round in their community.

Most children living in the Sioux Falls region will never see a tropical rainforest, let alone interact with its magical butterflies. Louisa, Ryan, and their two daughters are four of the over one million guests who have benefited from their family time together at the Butterfly House & Aquarium. 

Sixteen years ago, we opened our doors as the “Sertoma Butterfly House.”  Thanks to support from donors like you, the organization has gone through quite the metamorphosis since 2011!  Today, you and your family can also experience the ocean in our land-locked state, with thirteen captivating aquariums and interactive educational displays in the Discovery Den.

Today, the Butterfly House is in need of renovation.  Now is the time to provide your much-beloved butterfly exhibit – one of only a handful like it in the nation – with the facelift it needs for the plants and animals who call it home, as well as the families like you who learn together with the butterflies throughout the year.

During each visit, Layla and Clara step into a tropical rainforest, experiencing up-close interactions with butterflies.  The girls learn, grow their curiosity and courage, and build appreciation for nature’s most delicate creatures. 

These improvements cannot be made for Louisa and Ryan’s family, and thousands of families like yours, until the $75,000 goal is reached.  Fortunately, right now, you have a special opportunity -- with a matching gift of up to $25,000 -- to make the Butterfly House pond shimmer! Thanks to a generous matching gift from Kate Florio and Larry Burris, every gift received before the end of the year will be doubled, up to $25,000.

With your help, we will refurbish the butterfly experience for children like Layla and Clara.  Your donations will provide the aging butterfly exhibit with updates to the misting system, emergence window, pond, waterfall, and fencing -- improving the environment for the plants, butterflies, pond fish, quail, and people alike.  Plus, new educational signs and displays will enhance the interactive learning experience for all ages.

Today, every dollar you give can have double the impact!

Because of contributions from friends like you, the beauty of tropical butterflies & ocean creatures at the Butterfly House & Aquarium fascinates families from throughout the region and the world. Your support will create a new and improved Butterfly House experience for children like Layla and Clara. Your year-end contribution ensures these unique, year-round, all-weather learning opportunities for families throughout the Sioux Falls Region.

Please make your donation today to help the Butterfly House & Aquarium continue fostering our children’s sense of curiosity and appreciation for our natural world. The memories that children create with the butterflies will last a lifetime, and your gift makes these tropical educational experiences a reality in our all-weather, land-locked community.  Thank you!


Thank you for helping us provide much-needed renovations to our 16-year-old Butterfly House!

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