Kim St John Butterfly Habitat

About the Habitat

The Kim St John Butterfly Habitat was constructed in early 2013 as a result of a partnership with Phil St John, Wildlife Prairie Park and University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners (Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit).   It is a 38 ft by 72 ft mesh enclosure containing and surrounded by a variety of pollinator and host plants for native Illinois butterflies.




Some of the butterflies you could see inside or outside the habitat include: Monarch, Viceroy, Pipevine Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Black Swallowtail, Giant Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Pearl Crescent, Question Mark, Eastern Comma,  Buckeye, Painted Lady, American Painted Lady, Red Spotted Purple, Red Admiral, Mourning Cloak, Hackberry, Sulphurs, Cabbage Whites, Snout Butterfly, Skippers, Spring Azure, Gray Hairstreak.



University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists form the core of the volunteers that plan and maintain the habitat, and frequently serve as docents.   Make sure to ask plenty of questions during your visit to the Kim St John Butterfly Habitat, the largest native habitat in downstate Illinois!


The intent is for the habitat to support all 4 stages of butterflies: eggs (on specific host plants), caterpillars, chrysalis, and of course … BUTTERFLIES!    During your visit, make sure to look closely for more than just butterflies!  Also, be careful where you step as many times a butterfly will be “sunning” itself on the pathway!













Want to volunteer?

We are always look for volunteers in the habitat. If you wish help out, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at or 309-676-0998 ext. 102.


Upcoming Events: 

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Photos courtesy of University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit