The Butterfly Conservatory aims to develop, promote, and support environmental education and sustainable development, relating to the regeneration of rainforest habitat and the butterflies native to the Arenal area of Costa Rica.

We strive to become the best Learning Center for butterfly and nature regeneration in Costa Rica; by expanding and enhancing the various nature exhibitions and biodiversity demonstrations, to provide an educational resource that people can visit and appreciate for years to come, while at the same time helping to restore the natural balance of the planet.

We participate in the Awareness of Nature, by educating visitors about butterflies, frogs, plants, and other native biodiversity suffering a decline in their natural habitats.

Our goal at the Butterfly Conservatory is to “think globally and act locally” providing solutions through sustainable tourism by educating visitors, which also benefits the local community by motivating local ranchers and townspeople about how to best preserve and regenerate the forest’s biological diversity. There is clear evidence that planting and regenerating forests contribute to healthier air and water quality, and even small measures can make large differences in the atmosphere and health of the region and its inhabitants.

Fun Fact: Caterpillars startle at loud noises. Butterflies and moths hear sounds through their wings. For example, the Blue Morpho has tiny little physical ears at the front edge of the wing next to the body that can actually be seen by the naked eye.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

5 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English

People on site

10 - 15

Dry season

January to August

Wet season

September to December

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access


  • slow: emails only

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