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 the 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, or any others of the 23 butterfly species that make central Illinois their home.
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 guest relations. Feel free to ask plenty of questions during your visit to the Kim St John Butterfly Habitat, the largest native habitat in downstate Illinois!
The goal of the habitat is to support all 4 stages of butterflies: eggs, caterpillars, chrysalis, and of course … BUTTERFLIES! During your visit, be sure to look closely for more than just butterflies! Also, watch where you step as many times a butterfly will be “sunning” itself on the pathway!