Wander through our unique Butterfly Habitat and witness the fascinating dance between free-flying butterflies, the plants that sustain them, and their important role as pollinators in the ecosystem.
7:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Daily Admission: $3 per person; age 6 and under free
Claystone Park is the home of Mary Jane Newberry Memorial Butterfly Habitat( named in honor of Commissioner Bert Bivins grandmother). The park is part of Tobosofkee Recreation Area: a manmade lake with three parks under the governance of the county commission along with park supervisor.
The habitat was the dream of Commissioner Bert Bivins to honor his grandmother, Mrs. Newberry, who taught him about life, gardening, and butterflies.
Mr. Bivins requested help from Northwoods Federated Garden Club of Macon. This club has been instrumental in establishing and continuing to support the habitat. Elaine Flanagan is the coordinator for the garden and representative for Northwoods Garden Club. Ileta Moen and Elaine Flanagan met with Bibb County Commissioners and got approval for redesigning the garden. Ileta created a new elliptical design divided by wide walkways (handicap accessible) with seating and a central rock feature. Engineers for the county used the design and the current garden was constructed.
There are two Levels in the habitat. Lower level has a beautiful wisteria covered pergola and a tool shed built by the wonderful park employees. The upper level has a circle planted design with a large decorative rock in the center. There is also a caterpillar nursery to raise caterpillars in a safe environment.