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Please be advised: Due to construction, portions of the Wings of the Tropics Conservatory will be closed from 9/26-9/30

Adult Programs

Butterfly Pavilion isn't just for kids! Relax and unwind through yoga in our rainforest, learn backyard beekeeping, explore science and conservation topics with experts in their field, and more.

Community Science Basics Workshops

Enjoy being outside? Love nature? Want to make a difference in the world? If so, then learn more about community science in one of Butterfly Pavilion’s new workshops

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Arachnology: The Fascinating World of Spiders

Arachnology is a 1.5-hour class that delves into the captivating world of spiders. Through a mix of informative teaching and visual aids, students will explore the diversity of spiders, their key characteristics, and their ecological significance. This class aims to offer a foundational understanding of spiders, suitable for those curious about these arachnids without the need for extensive time commitments.

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Tarantula Shadow Box DIY Class

Get ready for a delightful adventure into the world of art and arachnids! Craft unique and spooky-themed tarantula shadow box displays that will leave everyone in awe! Don't worry, our cute for-display tarantulas will stay securely pinned in their places!

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Inverta-brainiacs Trivia Night at Premium Outlets

Join Butterfly Pavilion us for a night of brain-teasing fun at Inverta-Braniacs Trivia Night! This adults-only program with Geeks Who Drink is all about putting your invertebrate smarts to the test.

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Flashlight Tours -Adults Only!

No kids? No problem! Whether after your little ones have gone to bed, or at the start of a unique date night, adult guests can experience Butterfly Pavilion through a one-of-a-kind, after-hour, guided flashlight tour! Dress up, explore our exhibits, and solve the mysteries in each to uncover real world truths. Let the fun begin, purchase tickets now!

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Halloween Tea Time

Don’t miss out on this eerie and educational celebration at Butterfly Pavilion. Reserve your spot now for a tea time filled with chills, thrills, and a newfound appreciation for the fascinating world of Arachnids. Happy Halloween!

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Crawling Through Crime: Exploring the World of Forensic Entomology - A Webinar on Insect Evidence in Investigations

This webinar will introduce attendees to the fascinating world of forensic entomology: the use of insects in investigations. Attendees will learn about the diversity of forensically relevant insects, how insects are collected from crime scenes, and analyzed for cases. Case examples will be discussed to explain how forensic entomology is used in criminal investigations, from the crime scene to the courtroom. Join us to learn more about Forensic Flies and the use of maggots to solve murders.

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Mastering Insect Pinning: The Art of Wing Spreading

Learn the delicate art of insect pinning in our hands-on workshop, “Mastering Insect Pinning: The Art of Wing Spreading.” This workshop focuses on a fundamental aspect of insect preservation—the precise technique of spreading an insect’s wings.

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Mindfulness with Monarchs

This unique program will take place during Butterfly Pavilions “Monarch Magic” celebration where hundreds of monarchs will be released in Wings of the Tropics and join you on your mindfulness journey. Each session will guide you through intentional breathing exercises, meditative visualizations, and a profound connection with your physical being.

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Butterfly Walk with the Lepidopterist

Explore Butterfly Pavilion’s "Wings of the Tropics" butterfly conservatory in Colorado with a guided tour by our expert Lepidopterist. Over 1,800 butterflies and 80 species await you in this educational and magical experience.

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Evening Rainforest Yoga

Unwind after hours with evening rainforest yoga at Butterfly Pavilion. Take a moment for yourself to reflect and rejuvenate after a long day and enjoy the calming greenery and beautiful butterflies that will join you on your evening yoga experience. We can't wait to see you!

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Beginner Macro Photography

If you are new to photography, would like to learn new skills, or just love photographing bugs, our Beginner class is the perfect way to delve into this unique field of photography! Bob covers both traditional camera and cell phone photography, and we promise you’ll have fun along the way.

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Macro Photography with Mike's Camera

Join us for this three-part workshop where our instructors will teach you how to capture spectacular detail and colors in your Butterfly and Flower Macro Photography images.‍

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Rainforest Yoga

Stretch your wings in a tropical oasis with Rainforest Yoga, a unique opportunity to de-stress, unwind and revitalize. Classes are typically held most Saturday mornings.

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Photo Hour!

Enjoy a quiet hour of evening light/golden hour photography in the tropical rainforest after we close our doors to the public. Snap photos of beautiful butterflies and exotic tropical flowers in the evening light.

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Beekeeping Bootcamp

Want to keep bees but don't quite know where to start? Work alongside Butterfly Pavilion beekeeping experts and other beginner beekeepers, developing the skills necessary to achieve thriving beehives. Beekeeping Bootcamp is qualified through the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (CSBA)!

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Adult & Senior Outreach Programs at Your Location

Let us bring a fun and interactive program to your active adult group or senior community! Our engaging presentations feature live and preserved animals, images, nature facts, and a question and answer session.

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Book Your Group Visit!

Alongside our self-guided tours, we also host engaging adult lectures that delve deeper into the intricate world of these enchanting insects. Led by knowledgeable experts, these lectures provide a unique learning opportunity, offering valuable insights into the ecological significance and conservation efforts surrounding these delicate creatures.

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Community Fair & Outreach Booth Request

Have Butterfly Pavilion at your next community fair or outreach.

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Pollinator Place

Explore the incredible world of pollinators and how their survival ensures our own. Learn the importance of these impactful invertebrates and how they shape ecosystems and economies. ​

Colorado Backyard

This immersive 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.


Transport yourself to the Survival exhibit, 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

Experience the wonder of Colorado’s wild invertebrates! The outdoor gardens at Butterfly Pavilion are designed to provide habitat for native invertebrates with a focus on native pollinators, while also providing four-season beauty and a place to wander, relax, and learn.

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

Free Invertebrate Investigator Classes (K-12th grade)

Every Monday
Butterfly Pavilion and Denver Premium Outlets (DPO) are delighted to announce FREE STEAM education to J27 and Adams 12 school districts as part of an innovative partnership dedicated to educating the community about the crucial role of pollinators in our world.

Butterfly Quest-After Hours

Are you interested in learning about the fascinating life of butterflies? Look no further than Butterfly Quest, a community science initiative designed to track the lifespans of butterflies in our conservatory.
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