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Watercolor image of five monarchs, with two landing on a pink flower.

The Wonder of Monarchs

June 17 – August 18, 2023

Witness the monarch life cycle from egg to caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly; learn how you can promote a healthy monarch population; and engage in fun family activities to celebrate Wisconsin’s role in monarch migration.

Hours and Admission

Open Daily
10:00 AM–4:00 PM
Reservations Recommended

The Paine is closed on Tuesday, July 4 in recognition of Independence Day.

$12 Adults
$7 Youth (ages 5-17)
Free Children (ages 4 and under)
Free Members

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Monarch Waystation

Located in the Children’s Garden on the south side of the estate, the monarch waystation features monarchs in various stages of life cycles on display. You’ll find spaces for eggs to hatch into caterpillars, as well as areas for caterpillars to feed on milkweed as they grow, transform into chrysalises, and finally emerge as butterflies!

Daily Activities

Help the Paine’s staff log monarch activity and growth as they progress through the life cycle. Make music, dance, and act on our outdoor stage, play in the cabin, and enjoy self-directed, garden-themed activities.

Guided Monarch Activities

On Thursdays and Sundays, enjoy guided activities with the Paine’s education staff in the Children’s Garden.

Butterfly Releases

Join us in the Children’s Garden at 10:30 AM as we set butterflies free to begin their migration! Days for release depend on butterfly readiness. Follow the Paine’s stories on Facebook for notices about releases.

Become a Member Now!

The best way to experience all the activities at the Paine is by becoming a Member. You’ll receive free admission to the mansion, gardens, art exhibitions, and programs like the Wonder of Monarchs, plus discounted purchases, invitations to special events, and more.