About the butterfly barn

Two decades ago we set up a nature center in a sunny room near the Delaware River in Wayne County PA — in a bank-barn built in 1913 by Charles Dexter, a Union Army war veteran.

While offering free community programs at the barn, our main goal was to rescue monarch eggs and larvae from endangered habitats. Through July 2013 we’d reared and released more than 7000 adults, many with the generous help of local families and school children.

Amazingly, a small male we tagged and released in September 2000 ( # 117JG ) successfully migrated to Mexico and turned up in the El Rosario Monarch Preserve the following spring.

Then, in August 2013, we moved from the farm and closed our Butterfly Barn Nature Center.

This Website Will Continue. With monarch populations in steep decline, we plan to maintain this website and keep it up to date.

Environmental Programs Will Continue. Our long-time partner, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, provides excellent environmental and natural history programs. Our website’s “Program Schedule” page has a link to the Conservancy “Events Calendar.”

Off-Site Monarch Programs Will Continue. And we’ll continue to answer inquiries and share information about Monarch butterflies.

The large butterfly (top) was drawn by Maggie, a 4th grader in Honesdale, PA.

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