The community impact of Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming

The annual Fred & Dorothy Fichter Butterflies Are Blooming exhibition at Meijer Gardens is the largest temporary tropical butterfly exhibition in the nation. Tropical butterflies from around the world fly freely in the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory every March and April.


Butterflies Are Blooming is the busiest time of the year for school field trips. More than 8,000 area students from 210 schools will visit this exhibition! Students experience the exciting environment of the Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory while learning about butterfly life cycles and the unique adaptations that allow butterflies to survive and thrive. We offer a selection of self-guided activity sheets that teachers and chaperones can use to engage students in learning as they walk through the exhibition. Our 45-minute classroom activities, held within the new Covenant Learning Center, are a popular option, allowing students to delve deeper into understanding butterflies through hands-on activities. Educators interested in bringing their students to Meijer Gardens can explore all of our year-round options for school groups on our website.

Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory Inside_photo by DeanVanDis.tif

The Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory, photo by Dean VanDis

In addition to offering educational experiences to our visitors, Butterflies Are Blooming also contributes to the economic growth of our West Michigan community. According to a recent Economic Impact Study conducted by Grand Valley State University, people who visit Meijer Gardens contribute to $75.2 million economic output annually. Visitors from outside Kent county directly spend $19.6 million at businesses around Kent County annually. The study also found 86% of the visitor spending is the result spending by individuals that do not live in Kent County, and those nonresidents spent an average of $129 per group at other businesses in Kent County during their visit to Meijer Gardens.


This exhibition is possible thanks to the tremendous support of our partners:

Howard Miller Company
Foremost Graphics Group
The Meijer Foundation
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation
Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs / Art Works / National Endowment for the Arts

Media Partners:
Star 105.7
Blue Lake Public Radio

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