By Katie Moosbrugger
*Note that this is an older blog written in 2012 and some info may be out-dated.
Voted best field trip by many local schools and churches, this trip will encourage you to spread your wings of imagination! All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm is located in High Point, NC. I went with my daughter and our playgroup years ago, and to this day she still talks about her experience.
The tour lasts approximately one hour, which includes a 20 minute presentation on the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly (from egg to caterpillar to butterfly) along with a tour of the 20’ x 48’ flight house filled with live Monarch butterflies busy feeding, breeding and laying eggs. The children are able to observe butterflies up close and are encouraged to feed the butterflies by hand! Monarchs are very friendly – so be sure to wear bright clothing to encourage them to land on your shoulder!
After your tour, you won’t want to leave the scenic countryside that surrounds this farm, so pack a lunch! Picnic tables are available along with plenty of room to spread out a blanket for an old-fashioned picnic. A misting tent is also available for the warmer summer months.
Below are some more tips I found on their web site:
During the week the farm provides tours for groups of 20 or more by appointment. If you have a smaller group, they suggest you come for a Family Show, shows are each Saturday (10a.m. and 3p.m.) you will want to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start time of a show to get parked and paid. The farm allows only the first 150 participants for each show. First come for serve. Adults are $6 each, children/seniors are $5 each, cash or check only.
The farm now has a gift shop! Complete with t-shirts, butterfly wings, butterfly nets, lifecycle kits, and much more!
The farm suggests that you teach your children the importance of composting before your visit, and any compost-able materials from their lunch sacks should be deposited in our compost garden. Any fruit or vegetable peels and cores will be the items they will most likely have.
Port-a-potties, hand sanitizers and are also available, and the flight house is handicap-accessible..
The farm also offers birthday party packages, and butterfly release packages. More information, including directions and up-to-date tour cancellations due to rain (all activities are outside), can be found on the farm’s web site or by calling (336) 454-5651. Be sure to also “like” All-A-Flutter on Facebook too for updates as well!
We encourage you to add this trip to your spring and summer schedule. If you go – or have been – tell us about your experience!