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Butterfly Pavilion Receives $13 Million for its New Facility from Broomfield

Butterfly Pavilion Receives $13 Million for its New Facility from Broomfield

Donation is the basis for establishing a global facility for invertebrate science, education and conservation. Janet MacFarland Burlile hired to lead fundraising efforts, capital campaign and major gift programs. New exhibit, Colorado Backyard, opened March 23, 2019.

Westminster, Colo. – Mar. 27, 2019 – On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Broomfield City Council voted 10-0 to approve a financial investment in Butterfly Pavilion, pledging a $13 million contribution to the Center for Invertebrate Research and Conservation (CIRC), planned to be the global hub of invertebrate conservation, research and education headquartered in Broomfield, Colo.

“Support from partners like the City and County of Broomfield is critical to solving the global challenges facing the conservation of invertebrate species,” said Butterfly Pavilion President and CEO Patrick Tennyson. “This incredibly generous donation will be the basis for establishing a new facility for education, research and conservation allowing Butterfly Pavilion to lead the finest research, restoration, reintroduction and reestablishment of invertebrate species and their habitats world-wide.”

“The City and County of Broomfield is committed to making Broomfield a great place for our residents to live, and for visitors to enjoy themselves,” said Randy Ahrens, Mayor of Broomfield. “We are proud to support Butterfly Pavilion as the anchor for our ‘Science City’ which will be a totally unique way of living right here in Colorado.”

Announced in 2017, CIRC will be a $45 million, 81,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility featuring a world-class research lab and an accredited zoological facility which will draw visitors as well as the scientific community to the new Baseline community. At Baseline, CIRC will share a campus with an Adams 12 Five Star Schools K-12 STEM school and a first-of-its-kind Pollinator District. Colorado will be home to an unprecedented multi-use development combining science, environmental conservation, education and commercial development; and will feature 1,100 acres of pollinator-friendly habitat and interpretive programming, ushering in a new model for community development and landscapes. CIRC will be positioned as the jewel of the global invertebrate community, inspiring a new way of connecting to environmental conservation.

The Center for Invertebrate Research and Conservation will open in 2023.

A World-Class Team for a Global Vision

The next step on Butterfly Pavilion’s journey to establishing CIRC is expanding its global fund development team. To that end, Janet McFarland Burlile is joining Butterfly Pavilion as its new Vice President of Philanthropy. An accomplished non-profit leader, MacFarland Burlile has more than 23 years of leadership and fundraising experience, working for some of Denver’s most notable cultural institutions. Her experience includes the Mesa Verde Foundation, History Colorado, Denver Botanic Gardens and Denver Zoo, where she led the successful campaign for Toyota Elephant Passage.

“Janet brings proven experience in securing major gifts and has a successful track record of designing and implementing successful high-level development programs,” said Tennyson. “These skills and her proven leadership abilities will be instrumental to complete this capital campaign and elevate Butterfly Pavilion’s status as a zoological organization engaged in invertebrate research and conservation projects around the world.”

MacFarland Burlile will start at Butterfly Pavilion in late April.

New Exhibit is a Forebearer for CIRC

Butterfly Pavilion’s newest interactive exhibit, Colorado Backyard, opened to the public March 23, 2019, featuring live animals, indoor play structures, an exploration station with an invertebrate touch tank as well as a virtual reality experience, a rotating exhibit area, and invertebrate photography by talented individuals from the community. The exhibit also equips visitors to take small, but impactful, actions every day that can ensure these hidden heroes are protected for the future.

“Colorado Backyard is a little slice of what CIRC will be and the kind of world-class exhibits we’ll display in the future,” said Tennyson. “It was inspired by feedback we received from Butterfly Pavilion members and guests who expressed a deep interest in learning more about the animals and ecosystems right in our own backyard.”

Learn more about Butterfly Pavilion’s permanent exhibits, important education, research and conservation work at www.butterflies.org or by calling 303-469-5441.

Butterfly Pavilion is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 6252 West 104th Avenue in Westminster, Colo.

About Butterfly Pavilion:

Butterfly Pavilion is the world’s only stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited invertebrate zoo dedicated to transforming the way people think about the small but mighty animals that are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom. As the leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection, and as a member institution of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Butterfly Pavilion works to foster an appreciation of these critical animals by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation. Whether it is providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in our exhibits and educational programs, conducting new research that sets the standard for zoos across the country or building innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries around the world, Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future. Learn more at Butterflies.org.

Butterfly Pavilion Media Contact(s):
Kristen Petitt Stewart, kstewart@butterflies.org or 970.389.1561
Russ Pecoraro, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, rpecoraro@butterflies.org or 720.375.9984

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