The butterflies are returning to the Dunwoody Nature Center this August under much different circumstances than they have grown accustomed to over the last 26 years.


Butterfly Experience

While the Nature Center normally hosts a one-day Butterfly Festival attracting thousands, 2020 will feature a more intimate experience, held over the course of a week, with limited capacity timed slots. Participants will have the opportunity to experience hundreds of butterflies up close and personal in a tent set up inside their main venue hall, the North Woods Pavilion.


Families that visit the butterfly tent will receive a packet (via QR code) of fun do-it-yourself activities related to butterflies, nature, and science. All the activities can be completed in the park. The packet will also include a map of the Nature Center to guide families to all of the activities.

Guests of the Butterfly Experience will be able to shop for a variety of local plants and flowers at the Native Plant Sale located at the Sun Porch inside the Dunwoody Nature Center.

To ensure a safe, crowd-free visit, capacity is extremely limited with admission by timed tickets purchased only online. Health screenings and temperature checks will be required for all guests before entering the butterfly tent. Frequently touched surfaces will be sanitized between butterfly sessions. Masks are required for ages 10+.

Know Before You Go

Whether you walk, bike or drive to the park, please proceed to the check-in booth in the lower level parking lot near the boardwalk path entryway to check-in and complete the health screening before heading to the North Woods Pavilion for your timed entry.

Health screenings will include a questionnaire and temperature check of each guest via contactless infrared thermometer.

Any guest that either: exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever of 100.4 deg F or higher, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, difficulty breathing, headache, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell), have any reason to believe they have COVID-19 or have any reason to believe they have been exposed to COVID-19, will not be permitted into the Butterfly Experience.

All guests ages 10 and older will be required to wear a mask while inside the Butterfly Experience and the Sun Porch where the Native Plant Sale will be held. Children and adult size masks will be for sale at the check-in booth while supplies last.

Bring your smartphone to access our touch-free resources via QR code. All you need is your smartphone camera.

All tickets must be purchased online via our ticketing platform. No tickets will be for sale at the door.


If you are looking for a family-friendly event that is safe, check out the Butterfly Experience.  We hoping to see lots of social butterflies flutter in August 15 through the 22.


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