Get to Know Your Neighbors in Butterfly Pavilion’s Newest Exhibit – Colorado Backyard
Colorado Backyard will open to the public on March 23, 2019
The exhibit will feature live animals, indoor play structures, a virtual reality experience, a rotating exhibit area and invertebrate photography by talented individuals from the community
An exclusive sneak peek for Butterfly Pavilion members, stakeholders and media will be Friday, March 15 from 6-8 p.m
Media note: Colorado Backyard photos, video and other editorial material is available by request. Rosie the Tarantula, other invertebrates and scientific experts are available for media appearances and interviews. Contact email@example.com
Westminster, Colo. – March 4, 2019 – A visit to Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion is known to transport guests around the world, offering an opportunity to get an up-close look at invertebrate animals from distant lands with unbelievable abilities that make essential contributions to ecosystems. Butterfly Pavilion’s newest interactive exhibit, however, will connect guests to the rich and diverse life that surrounds us right here in the Centennial State, with a goal of inspiring greater commitment to conserve our natural treasures in Colorado and beyond.
Colorado Backyard will open to the public March 23, 2019, and feature live animals, indoor play structures, an exploration station featuring a virtual reality experience, a rotating exhibit area and invertebrate photography by talented individuals from the community. The exhibit also hopes to equip visitors to take small, but impactful, actions every day that can ensure these hidden heroes are protected for the future.
“Colorado Backyard was inspired by feedback Butterfly Pavilion received from members and guests who expressed a deep interest in learning more about the animals and ecosystems right in our backyard,” said Butterfly Pavilion President and CEO Patrick Tennyson. “This insight came as no surprise, as us Coloradans – especially those who frequent Butterfly Pavilion – are known for caring deeply about our natural landscapes.”
Educators and experts at Butterfly Pavilion were incredibly excited to tap into their expertise and gather the stories of some of the most unique invertebrates who inhabit Colorado, in mountain, wetland, desert, prairie and urban ecosystems (and yes, Colorado has them all!). Visitors will get to learn about bumblebees living at over 12,000 feet, beetles that are skilled swimmers, wasps with the ability to paralyze tarantulas, spiders that catch pests behind-the-scenes in our homes and many other impressive invertebrates.
For a sneak peek of the types of stories guests will uncover, click here for an inside look at the life of Colorado’s state insect, the Colorado hairstreak butterfly, as told by Butterfly Pavilion Lepidopterist, Kathryn Hokamp. See the full exhibit layout and stay updated on exhibit construction at butterflies.org/exhibit/coloradobackyard.
Membership and Media Preview Night – March 15
Members of the media are welcome to join Butterfly Pavilion members and stakeholders for a sneak peek of the Colorado Backyard exhibit on March 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the zoo in Westminster. The evening will include the opportunity to explore, play and discover the new exhibit, enjoy special music by Boulder’s Jeff & Page and indulge in a mac and cheese bar and treats provided by A Spice of Life Catering. Members of the media need to RSVP to Kristen Petitt Stewart at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 12, 2019 to reserve a spot to this exclusive preview.
Butterfly Pavilion is open 9 am to 5 pm daily at 6252 West 104th Avenue in Westminster, Colo. Learn more about Butterfly Pavilion by following them on Facebook and by visiting Butterflies.org.
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.
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