Join the Monarch Society!

The operation and programming for the Butterfly Rainforest, a living exhibit, and the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity require support through donations from private sources. By joining the Monarch Society, your gift will help support the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, research (including graduate student support) and public programming at this world-class facility.

Benefits include:

  • Name on the Monarch Society donor recognition board in the McGuire Center
  • Free admission to the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit (during regular Museum hours) for yourself and a guest for five (5) years
  • Free subscription to the annual McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity newsletter

Entry into this prestigious society requires an outright gift or pledge of $10,000 or more, which must be completed within five (5) years from the date of the initial pledge.

For more information, please contact Marie Emmerson at 352-273-2087 or email

Monarch Society Membership Form

Please return the form to:
The University of Florida Foundation
Attn: Gift Processing
PO Box 14425
Gainesville, FL 32604

For those supporters that would like to make a donation to the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit or the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, but do not wish to join the Monarch Society. These gifts help support various programs within the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity such as:

  • The Butterfly Connection: A partnership with the Climb for Cancer Foundation and Arts in Medicine to provide cancer patients and their care givers the ability to visit the Butterfly Rainforest.
  • Graduate Student field experience and research funding.
  • Breeding program for endangered species and their reintroduction into protected habitats.
  • Hiring and training of undergraduate and high school students for technical assistance in the collections and curation activities.
  • Development of new public exhibits such as the Monarch Passageway of spectacular high-definition videos taken of the Monarch's winter hideaways in Mexico.

Gift Commitment Form

The University of Florida Foundation
Attn: Gift Processing
PO Box 14425
Gainesville, FL 32604

Monarch Society Members

The Florida Museum of Natural History and the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity would like to thank the following Monarch Society supporters for their extraordinary commitment:

  • Alyce B. Boyd
  • Joe Burns
  • Joe & Ginny Cauthen
  • Gladys Cofrin
  • Louise H. Courtelis & Guests
  • Charles V. & Elizabeth B. Covell
  • Richard & Catherine Crandall
  • Carol Austin Crevasse & Family
  • Marshall M. & Paula P. Criser
  • Mr. & Mrs. Charles H. Denny III
  • Sheila Dickison
  • Dr. Thomas C. Emmel
  • Barbara & Phil Emmer
  • Dianne & Ron Farb
  • Libby & Leonard Furlow
  • Sam & Deborah Goforth
  • Zane Greathouse
  • Peggy & Marvin Gresham
  • Bruce & Medea Harris
  • Pat Henry & Susan Hough Henry
  • Clark & BJ Hodge
  • Giovanana Holbrook
  • Chris James
  • Douglas & Sheila Jones
  • John & Peggy Kirkpatrick
  • Leslie & Paul Klein
  • David & Claudia Ladensohn
  • Judy Locascio Allstate Agency
  • Dr. Madelyn M. Lockhart
  • Bernie & Chris Machen
  • Hallie & Ted McFetridge
  • Rick Medina & Teina Phillips
  • Bob & Joelen Merkel
  • Geoffrey & Ann Moore
  • Sandy & Jack Ohanian
  • Sandra & Bill Olinger
  • Susan Palmer
  • D. Kay & Conrad C. Palumbo
  • Mary Jeanne Phillips
  • Paul & Susan Robell
  • Arthur & Phyllis Saarinen
  • Paul & Carole Schulz
  • Jenny & Eric Scott/Florida Neurosurgical
  • Stephen & Carol Shey
  • Amy H. Shimberg
  • Ilene Silverman & Harvey Budd
  • Robert & Beverly Singer
  • Terry & Wes Skiles
  • Rick & Aase Thompson
  • Deborah & John Usher
  • Victor Yellen & Arlene Huszar
  • Vam & E.T. York
  • Ron & Patti Zollars


For more information, contact the Development Office at 352-273-2086.