Kids, Ages 5-12, Nature Camps at Butterfly Pavilion

Q: When do summer camps start and end, and how much do they cost?
A: We will be having camps all summer – June 6 – August 12. Majority are weeklong camps, M-F. Both full and half day options are available. There are some exceptions, but this will be the general cost structure:

Full Week (Monday – Friday)
• Full Day (9 am – 4 pm): Members $240, Nonmember $265
• Half Day (9 am – 12 pm): Members $135, Nonmember $155
• *Camp week 5, no camp on Monday, July 4th, this four-day camp week will be:
o Full Day (9 am – 4 pm): Members $200, Nonmember $235
o Half Day (9 am – 12 pm): Members $100, Nonmember $125

Extended Care Options
• Early Drop Off (8 am – 8:45 am): $10/day or $40/week
• Late Pick Up (4:15 – 5:00 pm): $10 day or $40/week

Q: Do you have full scholarships?
A: No. We can provide up to 50% scholarships for campers who qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch at School.

Q: Do you offer sibling discounts?
A: We do not currently offer sibling discounts, but we are able to offer discounts to members, and Butterfly Pavilion staff and volunteers.

Q: I have a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old. Will they be together?
A: This year, we can split age ranges in the same camps! 5–6-year-olds will do most of their activities in Classroom A, and 7–12-year-olds will do most of their activities in Classroom B – about 50 feet up the hall. The camp theme will be the same for both. They will be together for games, lunches, and exhibit exploration, but will experience content that is more specific for their age range.

Q: My child can only come for part of the week. Can I just sign them up and pay for those days?
A: Our full week camps are intended to be enjoyed for all five days of the week, Monday-Friday, so that content can build off each day and campers can experience all the fun that Butterfly Pavilion has to offer. However, we know that not all schedules allow families to send their campers for all five days of camp, so we have developed a sliding scale that can accommodate partial weeks of camp for families that need it.

*This will not be applicable for Camp Week 5, which are already discount to account for the July 4th holiday.

NOTE: This option is only available for camps that still have openings leading into the cut-off registration date and must be approved by the Camp Director on a case-by-case basis prior to registration. Please contact us at to learn about this option.


Number of Days                                    Non-Member Rate                                                Member Rate
5 days (full week of camp)                           $ 265.00                                                             $ 240.00
4 days                                                               $ 238.50                                                             $ 216.00
3 days                                                               $ 212.00                                                             $ 192.00
2 days                                                               $ 159.00                                                             $ 144.00
1 day                                                                 $ 106.00                                                             $ 96.00

Number of Days                                   Non-Member Rate                                                 Member Rate
5 days (full week of camp)                          $ 155.00                                                             $ 135.00
4 days                                                              $ 139.50                                                             $ 121.50
3 days                                                              $ 124.00                                                             $ 108.00
2 days                                                              $ 93.00                                                               $ 81.00
1 day                                                                $ 62.00                                                               $ 54.00

Q: If I want to sign up my kid(s) for more than one week, do I have to fill out their information each time?
A: No – you should not have to!

If you are registering for more than one camp, please be sure to “Add Additional Items” to your cart before you begin to fill out all their information!

If you are registering more than one camper, just increase the number of tickets to the number of children, or you can click “Purchase Additional Tickets.”

Q: What is your child: staff ratio and what is your capacity?
A: Legally, there will be at least one program leader providing supervision with each group of 15 or fewer children cared for by the camp. However, here at Butterfly Pavilion, we have one Lead Educator, two Assistant Educators, at least one volunteer, and the Camp Director is on site for all camps.

We limit our registration to 25 campers per room – so 50 total per camp week.

Q: My child will be 5 in the fall. Can I still sign her up for a half day or full day camp?
A: Under our childcare license, we are legally allowed to have 4-year-olds in camp. However, our camp curriculum is made with camper ages 5 to 12 in mind. If you would still like to sign up your 4-year-old, we do recommend that if your camper has not been in a school-type setting to start with our half day or single day camp options at the beginning of summer.

Q: What if I need to cancel my child’s registration?
A: All cancellations and transfers must be made via e-mail to the Camp Director at least 10 business days before the date of the camp and will be charged a 10% processing fee, with the remainder of the cost refunded to the customer. Transfers may only be made into camps that still have availability.

No refund is given for cancellation with less than 5 business days’ notice. This includes absence due to illness. A full refund will be given to the customer if the Butterfly Pavilion cancels a camp for any reason.

Q: Will parents be allowed to stay with their children while they are in camp?
A: No. As a rule, this is not allowed. Camp is designed to encourage interaction among participants of the same age, without parents. Due to space limitations, we are unable to accommodate parents. Some children will perhaps experience a moment of anxiety, overcome their fears, and participate more quickly without a parent present. If you are unsure that your child can handle this, it may be best to wait a year to attend.

Q: What are the expectations for children’s behavior while they are at camp?
A: Butterfly Pavilion camp is all about respect. We expect that all campers will respect themselves, other people, the zoo, and nature. Respectful behavior will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone at camp. Campers are expected to be “good citizens” and display proper behavior while at camp. At the beginning of every day during camp week, each camp group will discuss the group’s expectations for good camp behavior. Parents will be required to sign a Code of Conduct as a part of registration. Butterfly Pavilion reserves the right to suspend any camper that does not abide by our expectations for good camper behavior.

Q: Will my camper be leaving Butterfly Pavilion during camp?
A: All activities will be conducted on site at Butterfly Pavilion and in the adjacent Big Dry Creek Open Space. Children will always be supervised.

Q: I see that the themes repeat twice during the summer. Can my child attend both?
A: Having each theme repeat this summer is intended to allow more flexibility in family schedules – so you don’t miss out on your child’s favorite camp due to an already-planned conflict. Although you may register your child for both sessions, the content will be the same for both, so this is not recommended.

Q: Does Butterfly Pavilion provide lunch or snacks?
A: No. Children must provide their own lunch and snacks and store it with their personal belongings in their assigned classroom. If the program falls during the lunch hour (12:00-1:00 p.m.), a lunch break will be taken. Half day campers do not need to bring a lunch. Parents will be responsible for providing a form of cooling (icepack) if needed in the lunch. Butterfly Pavilion cannot grant access to a microwave and is not responsible for heating or preparing lunches.

Q: What should I do if I come to pick up my camper early and no one is in the classroom?
A: Butterfly Pavilion counselors will always leave a note on the board in Classroom A where they are at, whether it is outside or in an exhibit. If there happens to be no note, you can check in to the administrative offices directly to the right of Classroom A or you can check in at the front desk where they will radio for camp.

Q: Is Butterfly Pavilion an allergy-free camp?
A: No. Butterfly Pavilion does its best to accommodate campers with allergies. If your child has an allergy, some of our staff is trained in Medication Administration and all our staff is trained on Standard Precautions. However, there may still be campers that do bring lunch or snacks that have allergens for your child, and we cannot guarantee total protection.

Still have questions? Feel free to reach out to:
Education Department,
Call 720-974-1877