Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary

Experience the wonder of live butterflies and exotic frogs in Jim Thorpe’s unique hands-on education center, featuring an indoor “Flutterarium” live butterfly flight room, kids’ art space and activity room, and nature-based gift shop. A visit to the Sanctuary can be a metamorphosing experience!

  • Educational
  • Family
  • Scout Friendly
  • Seasonal - Spring
  • Seasonal - Summer

What you’ll do

At Bear Mountain Butterflies, You Can…

  • Have a private group event
  • Earn a scout badge
  • Have a unique nature-based shopping experience
  • Meet our knowledgeable, friendly and passionate staff

You’ll learn all about butterflies, watch a short video, enjoy a fascinating and fun educational program from our knowledgeable staff, hand-feed butterflies, and create happy memories and a craft to take home. Our Amenities Include:

  • Indoor “Flutterarium” live butterfly flight room
  • Live exotic frog room
  • Native Caterpillar Exhibit
  • Fun educational programs
  • Monarch watch way-station
  • Unique nature-based gift shop
  • Outdoor picnic area
  • Weekly specials and events
  • Butterfly releases

Plan your visit

Afternoon and evening group times are available for Scout programs, Red Hat groups, Senior Centers and special events. All On-Site Private Group Programs carry a minimum cost of $150.00

Butterfly School 101 – $9.00 Per Person

  • Wonderful age appropriate butterfly video
  • Educational fun interactive program
  • Time in the FLUTTERARIUM to hang out with real-live butterflies
  • Craft and /or games
  • Indoor and outdoor table space for snack or lunch
  • Fabulous kid-friendly gift shop

Butterfly Scout Programs – $9.00 per person 1 leader free with each troop

  • May through September, after school, early evenings or weekends
  • Private classroom space for meeting, badge work, snack, etc. for up to 2 hours
  • Fascinating video
  • Age appropriate games and/or crafts projects
  • Our ” Wonder of Butterfly Program”
  • Time in the LIVE BUTTERFLY FLIGHT ROOM
  • Kid-friendly gift shop
  • Ask About Our Butterfly Friend Badge

Other Group Programs – Prices Vary

  • We offer parties and customizable group programs for: Churches, Day Care Centers, Personal Care Homes, Camps, Resorts, and Others. 

To book your private group, please email bearmb@ptd.net for Rates and Program Information.

Where is it

18 Church Rd. Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

We are located on the corner of Church Road and State Route 903, 8 miles above down-town Jim Thorpe (across from the Dollar General). We are 1/3 miles South of Pocono White Water Rafting Center.

GPS coordinates: latitude 40.939961 / longitude -75.65624

Hours & Schedule

Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary is open for groups of 16 or more by special scheduling from mid-April through late summer.

  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday – Monday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

We can also accommodate your group by extending our business hours.

Things to keep in mind

Can’t Make it to the Sanctuary? Book One of Our Travel Programs – We Bring the Butterflies to You!

General Travel Programs – $150.00 Plus Travel Costs

In-School Programs – Pricing Varies

  • Half-Day (Morning or Afternoon) – Up to 2 classroom programs. No more than 90 students in each program – $450.00 + Travel Costs
  • Full-Day – Up to 5 classroom programs. No more than 90 students in each program – $950.00 plus travel Costs
  • Entire School Program – $700.00 + Travel Costs

Travel Costs

  • Carbon County: $0.65 per mile round trip
  • Adjacent Counties: $30.00 plus $0.65 per mile round trip
  • Non-Adjacent Counties: $60.00 plus $0.65 per mile round trip

To book your travel or school program, please email bearmb@ptd.net.