Spencer and Sophie watch Bell the Jellyfish Discover the Marine Cove Learn with Nature Explore the Butterfly House Nature Heals
Spencer and Sophie watch Bell the Jellyfish Discover the Marine Cove Learn with Nature Explore the Butterfly House Nature Heals


The Butterfly House & Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Operations are funded entirely by admissions, memberships, gift shop sales, and donations.  No operational funding is received from the City of Sioux Falls, State of South Dakota, or the Sertoma Club.

Our mission is learning, healing, and celebrating nature’s beauty with tropical butterflies and marine life.

Your donation helps support our educational and healing programs so we may continue to share nature’s beauty with your family, friends, and community.  Thank you!

Choose from a variety of support options, including:​

Help Bring Jellyfish to South Dakota!

You can help bring jellyfish to the Marine Cove by contributing to our Jellyfish project!
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Make a Contribution

You can help children learn and heal with nature's beauty by donating to the Butterfly House & Aquarium!
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Butterfly House Sponsorship

Invest in the Butterfly House's specialized operations to support one of only a handful of independent, year round butterfly houses in the country!
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Marine Cove Sponsorships

Support the only opportunity in the state to experience interactive learning with marine life, including the Shark & Stingray Touch Pool, Tide Pool, Pop-Up Dome Coral Reef, and more.
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Aquatic Adoption

It takes a lot to care for ocean animals in landlocked South Dakota! Adopt an animal in the Marine Cove to help fund the costs of its special ocean diet, vitamins, and aquarium home.
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Memorial Pavers

Honor a loved one with an engraved paver in the Butterfly House. Personalized engravings may include a special message, a symbol, and/or logo.
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Critter Adoption

Adopt one of our critters to help fund the costs of their special food, vitamins, and homes.
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Sea & Sky Spooktacular

Thank you for joining us for an evening of family fun, fantasy, and sci-fi at our annual Halloween celebration!
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The Caribbean is Coming Back to the Cove!

The Caribbean Cove Challenge is bringing the fishes and corals back for Charli!
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Wings Waves & Wine

Thank you for helping us celebrate the Butterfly House & Aquarium's impact on the community!
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Amazon Smile

Make the Butterfly House & Aquarium your chosen nonprofit when you shop with Amazon! .5% of your purchase amount will be donated to the Butterfly House & Aquarium every time
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Thrivent Choice

Are you a member of Thrivent Financial?  Thrivent Choice gives eligible benefit members the opportunity to recommend how Thrivent distributes some of its charitable grand funds.  You can
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Kid-Venture Red in the Rainforest

February 22, 2017 | 10:00am

Kid-Venture Get a Grip!

February 22, 2017 | 11:30am

Tai Chi

February 25 at 9:00am