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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.)”

Revised: 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. Read our instructions and policy on how to receive donated passes for your organization’s event: In-Kind Donation Request Policy

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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.

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Exhibits

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.

Invertebrate World

Immerse yourself in an explosion of invertebrate diversity.

Outdoor Gardens & Nature Trails

Explore the lifecycle of a Colorado ecosystem.

Spineless Spotlights

There’s always something new to discover with our daily programming. Whether your child loves art, stories, science or nature, our daily programming is packed with fun, learning and surprises. Our programs are interactive and appropriate for all ages.

Butterflies at Chatfield

This seasonal habitat at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is home to hundreds of native Colorado butterflies such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks and painted ladies. Butterflies at Chatfield is a partnership between Denver Botanic Gardens and Butterfly Pavilion.

Upcoming Events

Talking Toxic with Dr. Justin Schmidt - October 18

Presentation and book signing.
From 6:30 - 8:30 pm, meet the man who was stung by 83 different species for science!
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Indoor Trick-or-Treating - October 20 & 21

Safe, indoor trick-or-treating throughout Butterfly Pavilion exhibits.
From 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, come dressed in your best costumes to trick-or-treat through exhibits and enjoy free candy, prizes and crafts.
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Bugtober: Toxic Terrors - October 1 - 31

Special exhibits showcasing impressive toxic animals and plants.
Overwhelming pain, paralysis, death in a matter of minutes. Real peril lurks with the fangs, barbs and stingers of the spineless. Move over sharks – these animals give danger a whole new meaning.
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