San Antonio Botanical Garden

Amazing Butterflies Curricula

September 17 - January 8
Now extended through March 25!

Our new fall exhibit, Amazing Butterflies, invites you to shrink down into the undergrowth to become one of the most extraordinary creatures on earth.

Embark on a challenging journey teeming with friends and foes revealing the unusual relationship between caterpillars, butterflies and their natural surroundings. Adventure through the leaves, move like a caterpillar, discover an ant that reaps the reward of an unusual friendship, then transform into a butterfly and take flight!

Together you can explore this interactive maze experience and learn the surprising challenges butterflies face every day.  

Exhibit Overview:

Enter the interactive maze through the huge monarch caterpillar tunnel. Become a caterpillar and find your way through a secret, wild world as grass and leaves tower above your head.

As you navigate the terrain filled with challenges around every twist and turn, take on puzzles, games and exciting interactivities. The brave can even take to the air and soar down the butterfly zip slide.

You'll discover fascinating facts about one of our planets most amazing lifecycles. But beware. The maze includes dead-ends, down which, lurks poisonous plants and predators waiting to pounce. Choose the right route, stamp your card along the way, and emerge as a beautiful butterfly.


Lifecycle Garden Card - Caterpillar Crawl - Caterpillar Pinball - Hairy Plant Attack - Creepy Friends - Climb-In Pupa Pods - Metamorphosis Chamber - Flap Those Wings - Spider Web Climb - Finding Food Nectar Path Puzzle - Nectar Squeeze & Sniff - The Mating Game - Educated Egg-locator - Backyard Butterfly Party - Butterfly Behavior Wheel - Monarch Migration Monorails - An Egg's Perspective - Leaf Climb 

Check out the Exhibit on youtube or click here for detailed descriptions and photos of each interactive maze element.  


Curricula (for grades 1-5)

Introduction to the Amazing Butterflies Curricula

Grade Level Guide

National Education Standards

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Metamorphosis in Motion

Lesson 2: Life Cycle Art

Lesson 3: Butterflies on Blue

Lesson 4: Mural of a Butterfly Sanctuary

Lesson 5: The Great Caterpillar Race

Lesson 6: Compose a Cinquain

Lesson 7: Life Cycle Study 

Life Cycle Worksheet - Answer Sheet

Lesson 8: Game Show ("So You Think You Know the Butterfly!")

Game Show Cards - Game Show Questions

Lesson 9: Butterfly Species String

Lesson 10: Friend or Foe

Friend or Foe Worksheet

Lesson 11: Haiku

Lesson 12: Design a Butterfly Sanctuary

Activity 1: Crossword (grades 1-3) - Answer Key

Activity 2: Crossword (grades 4-6) - Word Bank - Answer Key

Activity 3: Word Search (grades 4-6) - Answer Key

Activity 4: Word Search (grades 4-6) - Answer Key

Appendix A: Picture Book Bibliography - San Antonio Public Library Recommends

Appendix B: Web Bibliography

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