Event Calendar

Upcoming Events

Member Night Out - Third Thursday August 15, 2019
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Starts: Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 5:30pm
Ends: Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 7:30pm
We want to make sure you know how special you are and that we wouldn’t be here without all of your support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Sky & Fin Story Time August 16, 2019
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Starts: Friday, August 16, 2019 at 10:30am
Ends: Friday, August 16, 2019 at 11:30am
Join us for Sky & Fin Story Time at the Butterfly House & Aquarium. Free with Membership or paid admission.
National Honey Bee Day August 17, 2019
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Starts: Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 10:00am
Ends: Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 2:00pm
Let's make a buzz about the state insect of South Dakota... the honey bee! Honey bees are an excellent example of how each organism in our ecosystem has an impact on the environment. Without bees we would have nothing to eat! Join us as to learn more about bees and why they are important. Free with paid admission or for members.
Monarch Tagging Event September 7, 2019
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Starts: Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:00am
Ends: Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 12:00pm
As the local Monarch butterfly population begins to head back South for the winter, our Educators will show you how to properly identify, catch, tag* and release these amazing butterflies! Join us for a fun-filled event where you can participate in citizen science, crafts and other activities!
Free with paid admission or membership.

*The Monarch Watch Tagging Program is a citizen science project that was started to help scientists understand the Monarch butterfly's fall migration.
Member Night Out - Third Thursday September 19, 2019
Education Dark
Starts: Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 5:30pm
Ends: Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 7:30pm
We want to make sure you know how special you are and that we wouldn’t be here without all of your support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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Sky & Fin Story Time September 20, 2019
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Starts: Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10:30am
Ends: Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:30am
Join us for Sky & Fin Story Time at the Butterfly House & Aquarium. Free with Membership or paid admission.
Member Night Out - Third Thursday October 17, 2019
Education Dark
Starts: Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 5:30pm
Ends: Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 7:30pm
We want to make sure you know how special you are and that we wouldn’t be here without all of your support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Sky & Fin Story Time October 18, 2019
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Starts: Friday, October 18, 2019 at 10:30am
Ends: Friday, October 18, 2019 at 11:30am
Join us for Sky & Fin Story Time at the Butterfly House & Aquarium. Free with Membership or paid admission.
Riedel Wine Tasting October 24, 2019
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Starts: Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 6:00pm
Ends: Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 8:00pm
In this educational wine glass tasting workshop, Riedel will demonstrate the relationship between the shape of the glass and the perception and enjoyment of wine. A complete tasting set of the NEW Performance Riedel wine glasses are included with the ticket value!
Halloween Party! October 27, 2019
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Starts: Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 11:00am
Ends: Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 4:00pm
Come out to the Butterfly House & Aquarium and have a hauntingly good time! Games, prizes, spooky story time and trick-or-treating with the staff! Costumes are optional for both kids and adults. FREE Event with paid admission/membership!
Animal, Vegetable, or Tentacle? October 29, 2019
Science Pub
Starts: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:00pm
Ends: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 8:00pm
Sky & Fin Story Time November 15, 2019
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Starts: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 10:30am
Ends: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 11:30am
Join us for Sky & Fin Story Time at the Butterfly House & Aquarium. Free with Membership or paid admission.
Whiskey Tasting 101 November 15, 2019
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Starts: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 6:00pm
Ends: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 9:00pm
Join us for an evening of sampling various Whisk(e)ys to benefit the Butterfly House& Aquarium. Learn the basics about Whisk(e)ys and the differences between Scotch, Bourbon, and Rye.
Member Night Out - Third Thursday November 21, 2019
Education Dark
Starts: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 5:30pm
Ends: Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 7:30pm
We want to make sure you know how special you are and that we wouldn’t be here without all of your support. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Closed for Thanksgiving November 28, 2019
Starts: Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 12:00am
Ends: Thursday, November 28, 2019 at 11:59pm
Twilight Flight November 29, 2019
Twillight Flight
Starts: Friday, November 29, 2019 at 5:00pm
Ends: Friday, November 29, 2019 at 6:00pm
Twilight Flight November 30, 2019
Twillight Flight
Starts: Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 5:00pm
Ends: Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 6:00pm
Sky & Fin Story Time December 20, 2019
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Starts: Friday, December 20, 2019 at 10:30am
Ends: Friday, December 20, 2019 at 11:30am
Join us for Sky & Fin Story Time at the Butterfly House & Aquarium. Free with Membership or paid admission.
Closing at 2pm for Christmas Eve December 24, 2019
Starts: Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 10:00am
Ends: Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at 2:00pm
Closed for Christmas December 25, 2019
Starts: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 12:00am
Ends: Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 11:59pm
Sky & Fin Story Time January 17, 2020
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Starts: Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10:30am
Ends: Friday, January 17, 2020 at 11:30am
Join us for Sky & Fin Story Time at the Butterfly House & Aquarium. Free with Membership or paid admission.
Sky & Fin Story Time February 21, 2020
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Starts: Friday, February 21, 2020 at 10:30am
Ends: Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:30am
Join us for Sky & Fin Story Time at the Butterfly House & Aquarium. Free with Membership or paid admission.
Dive Into Science | Ambassador Animals LIVE March 23, 2020
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Starts: Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:00am
Ends: Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:30am
Join us on Facebook Live to meet our Ambassador Animals, including our Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and Oink the Painted Turtle!
Dive Into Science | Coral Reef Comparison LIVE March 24, 2020
Dive Into Science Aquarium
Starts: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 9:00am
Ends: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 10:00am
Join us on Facebook Live as our Aquarium Curator and Aquarist compare and contrast our Indo-Pacific Reef Habitat and our Caribbean Reef Habitat.
Dive Into Science | Aquarium Food Prep LIVE March 25, 2020
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Starts: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 9:00am
Ends: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 9:30am
Facebook Live Event: Watch our Aquarium Curator and Aquarist, Michelle and Sam, prepare food for our marine animals. Get your questions ready!
Dive Into Science | Butterfly Shipment LIVE March 26, 2020
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Starts: Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 10:30am
Ends: Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:00am
*Updated Facebook Live Event: Join our Conservatory Curator, Becca, and Biologist, Ashley, as they unpack this week's shipment of butterfly pupae from around the world.*Due to our suppliers' shipping schedules, this event has been moved up a day. Please join us! We're expecting close to ONE THOUSAND chrysalides tomorrow!
Dive Into Science | Lionfish LIVE March 27, 2020
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Starts: Friday, March 27, 2020 at 9:00am
Ends: Friday, March 27, 2020 at 9:30am
Facebook Live Event: What are invasive species and how do they impact the environment? Learn about our Lionfish and the impact of invasive species with our Aquarium Curator and Aquarist, Michelle and Emily.
Dive Into Science | Today's New Butterflies LIVE March 30, 2020
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Starts: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 10:00am
Ends: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 10:30am
Facebook Live Event: Join our Biologist, Ashley, as she collects the day's newly emerged butterflies from the Emergence Window and prepares them for release into the Conservatory.
Dive Into Science | Stingray Feeding LIVE March 31, 2020
Dive Into Science Aquarium
Starts: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 10:00am
Ends: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 10:30am
Facebook Live Event: Watch our Aquarium Animal Care Team feed our stingrays and answer your questions about these fascinating elasmobranchs. (What is an elasmobranch?)
Dive Into Science | Butterflies in the Conservatory LIVE April 1, 2020
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Starts: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10:00am
Ends: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10:30am
Facebook Live Event: Join our Conservatory Curator, Becca, as she takes a stroll through the Conservatory and identifies various species with our Educator, Lisa. What will we discover?
Dive Into Science | Butterfly Food Prep LIVE April 2, 2020
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Starts: Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 10:00am
Ends: Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 10:30am
Facebook Live Event: Join our Biologist, Ashley, as she prepares food for our butterflies. What do you think she'll be making for the butterflies?
Dive Into Science | Tide Pool Feeding LIVE April 3, 2020
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Starts: Friday, April 3, 2020 at 10:00am
Ends: Friday, April 3, 2020 at 10:30am
Facebook Live Event: Join our aquarists as they feed the sea stars, sea urchins, anemones, and abalones that live in our Pacific Tide Pool!
Dive Into Science | Brine Shrimp aka Sea Monkeys LIVE April 6, 2020
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Starts: Monday, April 6, 2020 at 9:00am
Ends: Monday, April 6, 2020 at 9:30am
Facebook Live Event: Join our Senior Aquarist, Kyle, as he shows our Educator, Lisa, his daily task of preparing brine shrimp. Also known as sea monkeys, we feed live brine shrimp to our moon jellies, Japanese sea nettles, and baby seahorses several times each day.
Dive Into Science | Meet Orion the Hognose Snake LIVE April 7, 2020
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Starts: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 10:00am
Ends: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 10:30am
Facebook Live Event: Join our Biologist, Ashley, as she introduces you to Orion, our Hognose Snake who is one of our ambassador animals. Hognose Snakes are native to South Dakota, and Ashley will explain why snakes are so important to balanced food webs.
Dive Into Science | Coral Frags LIVE April 8, 2020
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Starts: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 9:00am
Ends: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 9:30am
Facebook Live Event: Learn about coral frags with our Aquarist, Sam, and our Educator, Lisa. What's a coral frag? Why does the Butterfly House & Aquarium have them?
Dive Into Science | Conservatory Plants LIVE April 9, 2020
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Starts: Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 10:00am
Ends: Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 10:30am
Facebook Live Event: Walk through the conservatory with our Biologist, Ashley, who is also a Master Gardener. Ashley and our Educator, Lisa, will explain the purpose of the various tropical plants in our conservatory.
Dive Into Science | Aquarium Ecosystems LIVE April 10, 2020
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Starts: Friday, April 10, 2020 at 9:00am
Ends: Friday, April 10, 2020 at 9:30am
Facebook Live Event: Join our Aquarium Curator, Michelle, as she discusses with our Educator, Lisa, how and why we recreate marine ecosystems. Attention to detail is key, including balancing chemical, biological, and physical elements specific to the species in each habitat.
Dive Into Science | What's LSS? LIVE April 13, 2020
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Starts: Monday, April 13, 2020 at 9:00am
Ends: Monday, April 13, 2020 at 9:30am
Facebook Live Event: Every aquarium habitat has LSS, which stands for Life Support Systems. What is LSS important for our aquariums and the animals that live in them?
Dive Into Science | Conservatory Ecosystem LIVE April 14, 2020
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Starts: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 10:00am
Ends: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 10:30am
Facebook Live Event: Learn about how we recreate a tropical rainforest ecosystem for the tropical butterflies from around the world who call the Butterfly House & Aquarium home. Our Biologist, Ashley, and Educator, Lisa host today's exploration of the Conservatory.
Dive Into Science | Jelly Lab LIVE April 15, 2020
Dive Into Science Aquarium
Starts: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 9:00am
Ends: Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 9:30am
Facebook Live Event: Did you know jellyfish have a life cycle just like butterflies? Join our Senior Aquarist, Kyle, and Educator, Lisa, as they show you how we raise moon jellies from polyp to ephyra to juvenile to adult medusa.
Dive Into Science | Stingray Enrichment LIVE April 16, 2020
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Starts: Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10:00am
Ends: Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 10:30am
Facebook Live Event: Check out how we provide enrichment to our stingrays, adding extra elements to their feeding to change up their routine. Our aquarium care team will also explain why enrichment is so important.
Wings & Waves Gala June 25, 2020
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Starts: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 5:30pm
Ends: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 9:00pm
Closed for Christmas December 25, 2020
Starts: Friday, December 25, 2020 at 12:00am
Ends: Friday, December 25, 2020 at 11:59pm

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