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Butterfly Pavilion’s New Facility in Broomfield, Colo. to be the Global Hub for Invertebrate Research, Conservation and Education

New, $30M, 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art invertebrate zoo and research center will be the jewel of the global invertebrate community – inspiring a new way of connecting to environmental conservation.

Broomfield location to become “Science City” with a STEM school and first-of-its-kind Pollinator District.

Butterfly Pavilion, Colorado’s leading entomology research facility, the world’s only stand-alone, AZA-accredited invertebrate zoo, and home to beloved tarantula, Rosie, announced today its plans for a new $30M state-of-the-art facility located in Broomfield, Colo.

Butterfly Pavilion at the Center for Invertebrate Research and Conservation (CIRC) will be a 60,000-square-foot, world-class research lab with an accredited zoological facility to serve as the preeminent local, national and global hub for invertebrate knowledge, conservation, inspiration and connection.

“Butterfly Pavilion is launching this expansion to confront and solve global challenges in environmental conservation today and in the future,” said President and CEO Patrick Tennyson. “While education continues to be the foundation of who and what we are, establishing a facility for science and conservation will allow Butterfly Pavilion to lead the finest research, restoration, reintroduction and reestablishment of invertebrate species and their habitats world-wide – right here from Colorado.”

In partnership with the City and County of Broomfield, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, and developer, McWhinney, Butterfly Pavilion will be the defining element of the 900-acre North Park neighborhood project which will include a linear park, a K-20 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) school, Pollinator District, town center and parking facilities.

“The decision reflects Butterfly Pavilion’s growth as a global leader in invertebrate research, conservation, and education, while providing a uniquely immersive facility through which the community can engage with, and learn from, this work,” said Rob O’Dea, Butterfly Pavilion Board Chairman.

“This partnership presents an incredible opportunity for both Butterfly Pavilion and the City and County of Broomfield,” said Randy Ahrens, Mayor of Broomfield. “When we learned of the global impact Butterfly Pavilion was having from a research and conservation standpoint, we saw it as another amazing reason to live in Broomfield. To be able to include the Butterfly Pavilion in our ‘Science City’ project along with a future K-20 STEM School with Adams 12 Five Star Schools and future library expansion makes this a project all in the region can be proud of.”

Highlights of the new facility:

  • Butterfly Pavilion will partner with other scientific and technology entities to create a “Science City,” connecting educational institutions and students of all ages with groundbreaking conservation, education and research work.
  • Butterfly Pavilion will launch the first-of-its-kind “Pollinator District” providing pollinator-friendly habitat in parks, open spaces, corridors and even roof tops over the entire 900-acre development.
  • An Adams 12 School District K-20 STEM school will be an everyday education partner, located directly across the street from the new Butterfly Pavilion.
  • CIRC will enjoy expanded laboratory facilities for programming, breeding and rearing, boosting programs like Dragonfly Breeding, Husbandry and Animal Welfare, and Chilean Rose Hair SWARM (Safety Web for Arthropod Reproduction and Management).
  • Butterfly Pavilion will boast the latest innovations in interactive exhibitory, which will make exploration, learning and investigation an essential part of every educational experience.
  • The North Park Neighborhood is conveniently located in the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Highway 7 and I25, with easy access from Northwest Parkway.

Butterfly Pavilion at CIRC will open in 2021. In the meantime, Butterfly Pavilion will continue to innovate and open new exhibits at our Westminster facility, delighting families and bug enthusiasts alike.

About Butterfly Pavilion:

Founded in July 1995 and accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, non-profit invertebrate zoo in the nation, occupying a 30,000-square foot facility situated on an 11-acre campus provided by the City of Westminster, Colorado. Butterfly Pavilion’s mission is to foster an appreciation of butterflies and other invertebrates while educating the public about the need for conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics and around the world. Learn more at www.butterflies.org.

Did you know?  Fun Facts about Butterfly Pavilion

  • Butterfly Pavilion is home to over 5,000 animals, including 1,600 butterflies!
  • Butterfly Pavilion is an invertebrate zoo. About 97 percent of all the animals in the entire world are invertebrates, animals without backbones.
  • Butterfly Pavilion reaches 60,000 students in both onsite and offsite education programs.
  • Butterfly Pavilion is participating in many breeding, research and conservation efforts around the world which include:
    • Hosting the Chilean Rose Hair SWARM (Safety Web for Arthropod Reproduction and Management). This means they actively breeding their famous “Rosies” to ensure adequate husbandry, breeding and sustainability for this species.
    • Breeding a a variety of other animals including beetles, walking sticks, other tarantulas, scorpions, cockroaches and grasshoppers.
    • Exhibiting Acropora cervicornis, one of only two species of coral listed on the Endangered Species Act. Butterfly Pavilion is using it to educate guests about the importance of conservation and restoration work currently being done off the coast of Florida. The coral is on loan from Coral Restoration Foundation in the Florida Keys.
  • Butterfly Pavilion is leading the Urban Prairies Project, a partnership including City and County of Broomfield, City of Westminster, Denver Botanic Gardens and Broomfield Open Space Foundation, focusing on habitat restoration as both a way to improve local green spaces and engage a diverse community. The project includes two pilot open spaces which will serve as the basis for a successful model of habitat restoration, service learning and public participation in the region. This partnership has also established a Restoration Masters Volunteer Program. Volunteers span a variety of ages and stem from many different backgrounds, lead restoration work days, collect data about the plants and wildlife at the site, and engage the public with information about their local open spaces.
  • Butterfly Pavilion is participating in numerous other research and conservation efforts including: Dragonfly Breeding, Husbandry and Animal Welfare, Mongolian Field Guide for Arthropods, Colorado Butterfly Monitoring Network, Monarch Larval Monitoring Project, Floral Preference Studies, Coastal Dunes Study, Tarantula Growth Study and much more.

Learn more about Butterfly Pavilion’s important education, research and conservation work at www.butterflies.org

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Media Contact: Russ Pecoraro, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, rpecoraro@butterflies.org or 720.375.9984

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