Come visit us!

 The science center will be open for the 2017 season from June 22 to September 9!

We will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm

(closed on Saturday, July 1)

Please note that we are an outdoor facility, so it’s always good to dress weather-appropriate with closed-toe shoes. We do have water and a restroom on site. Click here for the (approximate) current weather at the butterfly house!

The butterfly house and outdoor science center is located just 20 minutes north of downtown Reno in Lemmon Valley, at the corner of Matterhorn Blvd. and Fir Dr. Our address is:

413 Matterhorn Blvd., Reno, Nevada 89506

***2017 Directions with Lemmon Dr. detour***

Due to the flooding of Swan Lake, Lemmon Dr. is closed north of Military Rd. Please follow the directions below to take the alternate route to our site. Call us at 775-200-8774 if you have any questions.

Map of detour directions for 2017

Map of detour directions for 2017

Directions from Reno:

  • Take US-395 N to exit 74, then right on Lemmon Dr. for 0.9 mile.
  • Turn left on Military Dr. for 2.5 miles.
  • In quick succession, turn right on Echo Ave., left on Mt. Limbo St., and right on Bravo Ave./Albert Way. Total about 1 mile.
  • Turn left on Ramsey Way for 0.7 miles.
  • Turn right on Lemmon Dr. for 0.4 mile.
  • Turn left on Oregon Blvd for 1 mile.
  • Turn right on Fir Dr. for 0.9 miles. Park on Fir Dr. or by the big red workshop on Matterhorn Blvd. Please do not park on Matterhorn Blvd.


Look for our logo out front!

Look for our logo out front!

Hours, Admission & Group Visits

We will be open for the 2017 beginning June 22, and will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10-3 until September 9, except Saturday July 1. Feel free to email or call us at info[at]nevadabugs[dot]org or 775-200-8774 for outreach events.

Our Butterfly House and Science Center is a free educational asset for the northern Nevada community!

The butterfly house is always free and open to families during our open hours. Group visits are also free and available by reservation: If you would like to schedule a group, please email us with potential dates during our open hours, group size and age, and organization (mom’s club, school class, etc.). Please note that groups are limited to 20-25 children, depending on age, in order to accommodate the size of our site. We also request at least three adults for each group.