Close message button

Butterfly Pavilion will be closing early 9/30/22. Last entry is at 2:15 pm and the front doors close at 3 pm. We will re-open at 9:00 am 10/1/22. We apologize for any inconvenience!

Earth Day & Great Global Cleanup: How Everybody Does Their Share

Earth Day 2022

Great Global Cleanup: How Everybody Does Their Share

Great Global Cleanup: How Everybody Does Their Share

Written By: Oksanna Wildrick, Out of School Programs Coordinator

“This is the best day ever!” and “I can’t wait to clean up trash,” are just a few of the surprising things that the GOCO Nature Club kids yelled when we first introduced trash grabbers in nature club. The kids were so excited to clean up trash around the playground that when we told them it was time to come in, they did not want to because there was still trash that needed to be cleaned up. That was the moment we knew these kids were ready to take ownership of their outdoor places and we investigated ways to nurture that.

A few years ago, Butterfly Pavilion partnered with the City of Westminster and received a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant which provides an afterschool nature club at low-income schools. Nature club lasts throughout the school year and has seen many kids return year after year. The club is provided for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade and is run by educators from Butterfly Pavilion. Through this club, kids get to learn about nature and participate in hands-on activities, all while being encouraged to get outdoors. The best part of club is not only that the kids get to connect with nature, but also develop the understanding that we all belong in nature, regardless of who we are and where we come from.

To provide these kids with the tools to protect their natural spaces, we introduced Leave No Trace. Leave No Trace is the concept that we should leave the natural world the way that we found it, which is something that we have incorporated into all aspects of nature club. This goes beyond cleaning up the environment. This means if we pick up a leaf we should put it back, if we pick up a bug to take a closer look at it then we should put it back down so it can live its life in its natural environment, and if we build a cairn, or stone tower, then we should also take it down. This concept is something that we are teaching the kids, but it goes beyond nature club, we should all be leaving no trace when we go into nature. One way that we are extending this beyond the school grounds is by participating in the City of Westminster’s Great Global Cleanup, which started on April 17th and runs until April 23rd. The Nature Club is walking to a park every day this week to participate in the clean-up. We are bringing our trash grabbers and lots of energy and doing our part to clean up these parks.

If you want to do something this Earth Day, on Friday, April 22, to help nature, you can also participate in the Great Global Cleanup. Anyone can participate by cleaning up a local park or neighborhood. If you are unable to this week, you can start by making sure your trash gets into a trash can, and even help clean up trash whenever you see it. If you have kids and want them to get involved, get some trash grabbers! Kids love to use the grabbers and it is a fun way to get them involved with cleaning up outdoor spaces.

Although you may not have made that mess in a park or put that trash there, Leave No Trace is about more than just cleaning up after ourselves. It is also about cleaning up and protecting nature when we see something, even if it was not our fault. We all belong outdoors, and we all are welcome outdoors, but that also means that we all have a responsibility to help keep it clean for ourselves and the plants and animals that call it home. This week and this Earth Day take a small step to incorporate leave no trace into your life, even if it is picking up one piece of trash and putting it in a trash bin. These small actions will add up and make a big difference. The kids in Nature Club have made a huge difference this year, and you can too.

Resources: Leave No Trace: https://lnt.org/ Great Global Cleanup: https://www.earthday.org/campaign/cleanup/ Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO): https://www.goco.org/

Blog

August 11, 2022
By Shae Porter

Great ready for National Honeybee Day!

Great ready for National Honeybee Day!
Read More
July 25, 2022
By Stephen Herrera

International Union for the Conservation of Nature | Questions & Answers: What You Need to Know

International Union for the Conservation of Nature | Questions & Answers: What You Need to Know
Read More
July 1, 2022
By Shae Porter

Butterfly Pavilion’s Firefly Lifecycle Project

Butterfly Pavilion aims to understand the husbandry and rearing of fireflies in preparation for restoration of wild populations of fireflies suffering from habitat loss in Colorado.
Read More
April 22, 2022
By Shae Porter

Earth Day & Great Global Cleanup: How Everybody Does Their Share

Read More
March 24, 2022
By Shae Porter

Bees for Elephants Program: A Tanzania Project Summary

Learn about the exciting work Butterfly Pavilion researches have conducted to assist Tanzania communities!
Read More
March 14, 2022
By Shae Porter

Math at The Zoo

Math at The Zoo
Read More
March 4, 2022
By Shae Porter

Tanzania Update: Butterfly Pavilion’s Bees For Elephants Program!

Read More
February 16, 2022
By Shae Porter

First Annual Butterfly Quest Begins

Read More
February 3, 2022
By Shae Porter

Butterfly Pavilion has released the 9th Annual Colorado Butterfly Monitoring Network (CBMN) Report

Read More
February 3, 2022
By Shae Porter

IABES Awards Butterfly Pavilion’s Shiran Hershcovich Newest Board Member!

IABES Awards Butterfly Pavilion’s Shiran Hershcovich Newest Board Member!
Read More
January 10, 2022
By Kensie Murray

Beauty of the Birdwings Begins

Read More
December 28, 2021
By Shae Porter

Butterfly Pavilion mourns the passing of Dr. E.O. Wilson

Read More
December 13, 2021
By Kensie Murray

IUCN’s First Global Assessment of Dragonflies Found that Many Species Could Face Extinction

Read More
November 29, 2021
By Kensie Murray

Living Lights at Butterfly Pavilion – A New and Exciting Holiday Tradition for the Denver Community

Read More
November 29, 2021
By Kensie Murray

Butterfly Pavilion’s Firefly Life Cycle Project is Helping to Expand Populations of Colorado Fireflies

Read More
November 15, 2021
By Kensie Murray

Bumble Bees are in Danger of Extinction. Learn How You Can Join Butterfly Pavilion to Help!

Read More
November 10, 2021
By Kensie Murray

Butterfly Pavilion Named 2021 Finalist for an Ethics Award

Read More
October 25, 2021
By Kensie Murray

Butterfly Pavilion Recognized as Silver Level Partner in Environmental Leadership Program

Read More
October 11, 2021
By Shae Porter

Butterfly Pavilion On Channel 2 News!

Read More
October 7, 2021
By Shae Porter

Butterfly Pavilion Continues to Help Lead Bioblitz with Colorado State University

Read More
September 28, 2021
By Shae Porter

Butterfly Pavilion’s Gala Press Release

Butterfly Pavilion Celebrates 26 Years of Invertebrate Conservation on Oct. 1 with Gala featuring Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Elizabeth Kolbert
Read More
September 22, 2021
By Shae Porter

Bee Fencing Project: A Global Impact!

Learn about our bee fencing project in Africa & Asia, from our bee expert Lorna McCallister!
Read More
August 2, 2021
By Shae Porter

Farewell Sunshine….

Sunshine, our beloved red-footed tortoise...
Read More
May 15, 2021
By Butterfly Pavilion

ROSIE’S BACK! BUTTERFLY PAVILION’S TARANTULA AMBASSADOR RETURNS MAY 28TH!

ROSIE’S BACK! BUTTERFLY PAVILION’S TARANTULA AMBASSADOR RETURNS MAY 28TH!
Read More
April 23, 2021
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Introduces New Pollinator Services for Businesses & Residential Clients Aimed at Reversing Pollinator Population Decline

Butterfly Pavilion Introduces New Pollinator Services for Businesses & Residential Clients Aimed at Reversing Pollinator Population Decline
Read More
March 31, 2021
By Butterfly Pavilion

From Reactive to Proactive: Changing the Conservation Conversation

From Reactive to Proactive: Changing the Conservation Conversation
Read More
January 8, 2021
By Butterfly Pavilion

Monarch Populations and the ESA Listing Designation

Monarch Populations and the ESA Listing Designation
Read More
December 29, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

An Update on Butterfly Pavilion Operating Hours from CEO Patrick Tennyson

An Update on Butterfly Pavilion Operating Hours from CEO Patrick Tennyson
Read More
November 20, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Visit Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion and name their newest animal during a one-of-a-kind octopus occasion!

Visit Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion and name their newest animal during a one-of-a-kind octopus occasion!
Read More
October 21, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion and Local Hive™ Partnership Yields Limited-Edition Honey

Read More
October 9, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Offering a Safe, Socially-Distanced Trick-or-Treating Experience for Colorado Families this Halloween

Butterfly Pavilion Offering a Safe, Socially-Distanced Trick-or-Treating Experience for Colorado Families this Halloween Season
Read More
August 28, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Monarch Magic Returns to Butterfly Pavilion, Sept. 13-30, 2020

Read More
August 27, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion Welcomes Dragonflies Reared Under Human Care

Read More
August 7, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Protecting Insects: a Zoo within a Zoo

Read More
July 24, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Updates Timed-Entry Model to Include Self-Guided Tours

Read More
June 9, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Reopens to the Public June 12 and 13

Read More
June 5, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Miller Moths In the Front Range

Miller Moths In the Front Range
Read More
May 27, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion’s Dr. Rich Reading Honored by Mongolian Government

Butterfly Pavilion’s Dr. Rich Reading Honored by Mongolian Government
Read More
April 28, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

What is the difference between an invertebrate and a vertebrate?

What is the difference between an invertebrate and a vertebrate? [With Examples]
Read More
April 27, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

What is a pollinator?

What is a pollinator?
Read More
April 27, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

What is an Invertebrate?

What is an Invertebrate?
Read More
March 11, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Celebrating New & Old Life at Butterfly Pavilion

Celebrating New & Old Life at Butterfly Pavilion
Read More
March 10, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Will Be Closed Until Further Notice

Read More
March 2, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

World Spider Day At Butterfly Pavilion

Read More
March 2, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Monarchs: Counting Where it Counts

Read More
February 20, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion Celebrates 25 Years of Conservation in 2020

Read More
January 29, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Livestream Programs: Uncovering Colorado’s Coral Connection

Read More
January 29, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Corals in Crisis: Saving America’s Barrier Reef

Read More
January 6, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Farming: Expanding Global Conservation Efforts While Bringing the Tropics to Colorado

Read More
January 2, 2020
By Butterfly Pavilion

How to Grow a Conservationist

Read More
December 27, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Achieves Milestone in Serving Pollinators

Read More
November 14, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

The Gardens on Spring Creek Re-Open Nov. 16 in Fort Collins with Help from Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion

Read More
October 30, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Join Butterfly Pavilion for Halloween Trick-or-Treating

Read More
October 28, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Spectacular Northern Birdwings Come to Butterfly Pavilion

Read More
October 28, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Virtual Learning: Making Connections through Conservation Education

Read More
October 24, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Become Part of Our Community!

Read More
October 3, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Pollination Celebration 2019

Read More
October 3, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Gardens on Spring Creek

Read More
October 1, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Welcome to Bugtober: Masquerade!

Read More
October 1, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

You are cordially invited to Butterfly Pavilion’s Bugtober Masquerade!

Read More
September 30, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion’s Annual Bugtober Returns Oct. 1-31

Read More
September 11, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Monarch Magic takes Center Stage at Butterfly Pavilion, Sept. 16-29, 2019

Read More
August 30, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Monarchs in Mexico – A Butterfly Pavilion Trip

Read More
August 20, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Your Beekeeping Questions, Answered

Read More
August 13, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Three Colorado Organizations – Teakoe, Local Hive™ and Butterfly Pavilion – Brew Up Plan to Protect Pollinators

Read More
July 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

The Best Defense is a Good Bee Fence

Read More
July 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Bring Butterfly Pavilion to Your Classroom this Fall

Read More
July 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Grow a Pollinator Sanctuary

Read More
July 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Peacock Mantis Shrimp “Chuck Smashty” Arrives at Butterfly Pavilion for its big zoo debut on Saturday!

Read More
June 28, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Follow Your Nose: A Fragrant Tour of Butterfly Pavilion’s Gardens

Read More
June 28, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Teaching Toxic Terrors

Read More
June 28, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

You’re Invited to Rosie’s Birthday Bash!

Read More
June 20, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Announces Pollinator District, a New Model for Conservation and Real Estate Development

Read More
June 19, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Mosquito and Tick Season Survival Guide

Read More
May 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterflies at Chatfield Farms: A joint venture between Butterfly Pavilion and Denver Botanic Gardens

Read More
May 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Making an Impact for Oceans, Right Here in Colorado

Read More
May 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

How to Make Lasting Memories this Summer with the Whole Family

Read More
May 24, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Celebrates Pollinator Week with a FREE Outdoor Movie Night, featuring Bee Movie, sponsored by Local Hive™ from Rice’s Honey®

Read More
May 23, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

How a Mistake Became an Opportunity

Read More
May 21, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

6 Unique Things to Do ONLY at Butterfly Pavilion

Read More
May 1, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Grass Stains are the Goal at Butterfly Pavilion Camps

Read More
April 30, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Pollen: Friend or Foe?

Read More
April 30, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Take the Plunge, Become a Beekeeper!

Read More
April 3, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Celebrate National Volunteer Week with Butterfly Pavilion!

Read More
April 1, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Crowdsourcing Science: How Everyday Citizens make large-scale Science Possible

Read More
March 29, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion: A Second Home for Homeschoolers

Read More
March 27, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Receives $13 Million for its New Facility from Broomfield

Read More
March 4, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Get to Know Your Neighbors in Butterfly Pavilion’s Newest Exhibit – Colorado Backyard

Read More
February 26, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Get to Know Your Neighbors in Butterfly Pavilion’s Newest Interactive Exhibit

Read More
February 25, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Meet Rosie without Leaving your School or Home!

Read More
February 25, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

The Colorado Hairstreak (Hypaurotis crysalus)

Read More
February 20, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion Weighs in on Insect Population Declines

Read More
February 20, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

A Response to Article: Why insect populations are plummeting – and why it matters

Read More
February 11, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterflies and Birthdays

Read More
February 1, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Monarchs: Are the Numbers Up or Down?

Read More
January 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Welcomes New Butterfly & Moth Expert to its Ranks

Read More
January 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

An Inside Look at Butterfly Pavilion’s Education Department

Read More
January 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Seniors Enrich Butterfly Pavilion through Innovative Employment Program

Read More
December 4, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Distance Learning: It’s for Everyone, Near & Far

Read More
December 3, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Bee Fencing to Protect People and Elephants

Read More
December 3, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

A Cure for Winter Doldrums

Read More
November 28, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

12 Days of Invertebrates Animal Showcase (and Song!) Comes to Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion This December

Read More
November 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado State University and Butterfly Pavilion Formalize Partnership

CSU and Butterfly Pavilion expand their support of interns and their research impact.
Read More
November 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Inspiring Environmental Stewardship

We're inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.
Read More
October 17, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Statement on National Academy of Sciences Study Findings

Read More
October 16, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion on FOX31 Morning News

Visit Colorado's Invertebrate Zoo to see impressive toxic terrors.
Read More
October 4, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Parnassian Butterfly Assessment in Mongolia

Read More
October 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Environmental Education: Making Magical Connections

Environmental Education: Making Magical Connections
Read More
September 28, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion Debuts Its New Look

Butterfly Pavilion Launches New Brand and Website
Read More
September 25, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

We Believe in the Power of Invertebrates

Read More
September 17, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

BUGTOBER Returns to Butterfly Pavilion Oct. 1-31, 2018 for a Month of Toxic Terror!

Join us....if you dare!
Read More
September 6, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

The Business of “Bugs”: Leading Environmental Action for Sustainability

A Business of “Bugs”: Leading Environmental Action for Sustainability
Read More
September 4, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Protecting Spiders with the SWARM Program

We work to protect the species others overlook.
Read More
August 17, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Colorado Celebrates World Honey Bee Day at Butterfly Pavilion

Celebrate World Honey Bee Day at Butterfly Pavilion
Read More
August 3, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

The Importance of Nature Play & Family Adventures

Nature is essential to our well-being as humans.
Read More
July 13, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Summer Events in Full Bloom

Summer Events and Exhibits are in Full Bloom at Colorado's Butterfly Pavilion
Read More
July 2, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Dragonfly Research at High Altitude

Loving Dragonflies at High Altitude
Read More
July 2, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

New Media. New Experiences.

It's incredible what a team can pull together with a little bit of passion.
Read More
June 20, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion And Denver’s Edible Beats Restaurant Group Announce New Beehive Partnership

We are proud to establish and manage a beehive in the Edible Beats Restaurant Group's urban garden. We are incredibly happy that honey from our bees, locally sourced will be served at some of Denver's best restaurants like, Root Down, Linger, Ophelia's, Vital Root and El Five.
Read More
June 4, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Monarchs & Magical Cities: A Journey to Mexico’s Monarch Sanctuaries

Monarchs & Magical Cities: A Journey to Mexico's Monarch Sanctuaries
Read More
May 25, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Statement on Poisoned Bees

As a leader in pollinator conservation, Butterfly Pavilion has a responsibility as stewards of invertebrates and their habitats to find sustainable solutions to the pollinator crisis, through habitat restoration, research, and responsible conscientious pest management practices.
Read More
May 7, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Telling the Untold Story: The Value of Interpreting Invertebrates

The Value of Interpreting Invertebrates
Read More
May 7, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Beekeeping, Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education, and Rice’s Honey

Beekeeping, PACE, and Rice's Honey
Read More
April 17, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Announces Naming Contest for Our New Octopus

Can you come up with the winning name for our Octopus Vulgaris, the common octopus?
Read More
April 5, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Coastal Dunes in California

Did you ever think bugs could save a beach? Well, they can!
Read More
March 23, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

New Survival Exhibit Opens at Butterfly Pavilion on March 24, 2018

Colorado’s only invertebrate zoo, will debut its newest interactive exhibit, Survival, beginning March 24, 2018.
Read More
March 22, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

The Mystery of Colorado’s Butterfly Populations

“Where have all the butterflies gone?” is a common question I get when I tell people I study butterflies for a living.
Read More
March 6, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

World Spider Day Comes to Butterfly Pavilion March 17, 2018

World Spider Day Spins a Fascinating Web at Butterfly Pavilion on March 17, 2018
Read More
March 2, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

The Value of Citizen Science

Picture a scientist. What is the person wearing? What are they doing? Do you they look anything like you?
Read More
February 1, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Entomophagy: Could Eating Insects Save the World?

Entomophagy is the technical term for eating insects...
Read More
February 1, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

The Urban Prairies Project: Habitat Conservation and Community Wellness

Sometimes, conservation and habitat restoration wind up building community.
Read More
January 22, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

A Message from our President and CEO

Science and education can change the world.
Read More
January 22, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Keeping PACE with Butterfly Pavilion’s Conservation Efforts

The Science and Conservation department at Butterfly Pavilion is excited to make important strides for pollinators.
Read More
January 22, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Two Colorado Companies Join Forces to Promote Pollinator Awareness Worldwide

Rice’s® Honey to partner with Butterfly Pavilion’s PACE Initiative to inform consumers about the importance of pollination.
Read More
November 1, 2017
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion to participate in the Colorado Pollinator Summit at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Nov. 2, 2017

One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators like bees, butterflies and beetles and without them, there would be no fruits, nuts, vegetables, oils or most flowers!
Read More
September 26, 2017
By Butterfly Pavilion

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.
Read More