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About Us

At Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere, because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom, and we--you and us--stand on the backs of these tiny giants.

Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world and a leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection. 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.

Mission

Butterfly Pavilion exists to foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation.

Vision

Butterfly Pavilion is the premier invertebrate education, research and conservation institution in the world.

Funding

Butterfly Pavilion was created by the Rocky Mountain Butterfly Consortium, a Colorado nonprofit founded in 1990. As a publicly supported facility, Butterfly Pavilion is primarily supported by admission fees, community support and by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The eleven-acre site was provided by the City of Westminster.

Operations

Butterfly Pavilion is a Colorado 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and operates with a Board of Directors in collaboration with scientific advisors from zoos, universities, and museums, both locally and nationally.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

On October 21st 2002, The Board of Directors revised, adopted and incorporated the following equal opportunity resolution as part of the by-laws a general public policy of this facility:

“The selection of those employees, consultants, contractors, accountants, attorneys and other professional agents of the facility by the management, Board or any committee or Officer designated to do so, shall be based upon their respective qualification and/or capabilities and shall not be based on age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, gender, military status, veteran status, political service, affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity or gender expression. (as amended by the Board of Directors June 27th 2011.)”

In-Kind Donation Requests

Butterfly Pavilion takes pride in donating passes to fellow 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and would be happy to help you in your fundraising endeavor. Click the button below to submit your request online to receive donated passes for your organization’s event. Questions? Contact VisitorServices@butterflies.org.

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Meet our Board of Directors

Diverse in their backgrounds and committed in their focus the Board of Directors guide Butterfly Pavilion toward our next chapter. Leading the way from our zoo to the C.I.R.C. or Center for Invertebrate Research and Conservation, which will be the leading invertebrate research center in the nation, if not the world. So, meet the people who are helping shape our next chapter.

Meet Our Board

Executive Leadership Team

Meet our on-the-ground leadership who are responsible for the daily operations and management of our Zoo, our programs, as well as our Science and Conservation work around the globe.

Meet Our Executive Staff
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Annual Reports

View our Annual Reports for the last 9 years. We post the Annual Report every year along with our Form 990.

View Our Annual Reports

Exhibits

Live Chrysalis Camera

See butterflies as they emerge in Butterfly Pavilion’s Wings of the Tropics!

Colorado Backyard

Butterfly Pavilion's newest interactive exhibit connects guests to the rich and diverse life that surrounds us, and inspires a greater commitment to conserve all of our natural treasures in Colorado and beyond.

Wings of the Tropics

Walk among free-flying butterflies in a tropical paradise.

Crawl-A-See-Em

Transport yourself to the Crawl-A-See-Em, home of Rosie the tarantula and other small wonders! Explore and learn about dozens of species of arthropods. Sharpen your observation skills as you discover animals hidden in their native habitats.

Water’s Edge

Explore the incredible diversity of underwater invertebrates.

Outdoor Gardens & Nature Trails

Explore the lifecycle of a Colorado ecosystem.

Daily Programs & Showtimes

There’s always something new to discover at Butterfly Pavilion! Join Butterfly Pavilion’s interpretive specialists to learn more about the amazing plants and animals at the zoo. Daily programs can include feeding demonstrations, animal encounters, guided tours, and interactive presentations.

Upcoming Events

Beauty of the Birdwing

November 23 – December 31 | 9 am – 5 pm

Girl Scout Day

November 9 at 9 am
Girl Scouts are taking over Butterfly Pavilion! Earn your Brownie Bugs Badge, Eco Friend Badge or Daisy Make the World a Better Place Rose Petal.
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Travel the World with Butterfly Pavilion

Monarchs in Magical Cities | Mexico | February 11-15, 2020 Amazon Rainforest Expedition | Peru | November 1-10, 2020
See the Mexico Itinerary