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”
  • 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 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