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Keep your kids engaged in learning during school breaks.

*Registration for camp closes at 5pm on the Friday before camp starts*

Butterfly Pavilion camps are designed to provide memorable experiences that connect kids to nature and encourage an appreciation for science. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

For ages 5 – 12.

*Family camps can accept 3 and 4 year old children, since adults will be staying with them during the day.*

All Butterfly Pavilion camps feature…

  • Hands-on activities that are engaging, informative, appeal to a variety of interests and abilities.
  • Opportunities to explore Butterfly Pavilion and experience the plants and animals that call it home.
  • Fun and exciting topics representing a range of STEAM disciplines.
  • Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced counselors who will inspire, and care for, your camper.

Scroll down for upcoming camp information and registration. Please email us with any questions!

Summer Camp

Summer Camp Registration is Open!

All camps incorporate nature, science, adventure, creativity, exploration and live animals.

2019 Summer Camp FAQs

Week 1: June 3 – 7 | Zookeeper in Training: Are your kids always bringing home bugs?  Do they love taking care of animals?  In this camp, we are going behind the scenes of Butterfly Pavilion to see what it takes to be a Zookeeper.   We’ll meet real Zookeepers & we’ll even get to care for our very own animals!

Week 2: June 10 – 14 | WILD Colorado Backyards: You don’t have to take a plane to discover the wild—in Colorado, it’s right here in our backyards!  Join us as we explore our BRAND NEW exhibit Colorado Backyards, have up close and personal wildlife experiences, discover native plants and animals, and run, jump and explore the natural playground that is all around us!

Week 3: June 17 – 21 | Beekeeper in Training: Find out what all the buzz is about in this hands-on camp!  Campers will spend the week in a fun and educational immersion into the fascinating world of bees and other pollinators!  We will learn about honey bee biology, native bees, and their vital role in our world.  We will meet an expert beekeeper, learn how honey is made and get to look inside of a real hive!

Week 4: June 24 – 28 | Aquatic Adventurers – SOLD OUT Rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and saltwater tanks – all teeming with life!  Discover aquatic invertebrates like stoneflies and crawdads, find out what makes a healthy waterway, meet real ocean animals, and prepare to get splashed during this wet and wild week.

*Special Family Day Camps*: July 1 & July 2 will feature camps for grandparents, parents and kids to attend together.

*Includes lunch & snacks!

*Family camps can accept 3 and 4 year old children, since adults will be staying with them during the day.*

  • July 1 | Butterfly Bonanza: Is your family bananas about butterflies? We’ll explore wings, flight, pollination and all kinds of butterfly behaviors in this fun class. Through crafts, games, and time spent in our rainforest, we’ll be fully immersed in the magic of these beautiful creatures.
  • July 2 | Crazy Crustaceans: Crawdad, hermits and lobsters – oh my!  Butterfly Pavilion is going underwater to meet some colorful characters.  We’ll go under the sea in our Water’s Edge exhibit, search for crawdads in the stream, and see what it’s like to live with a house on your back in this crazy camp.

Week 5: July 8 – 12 | Zookeeper in Training (same as Week 1): Are your kids always bringing home bugs?  Do they love taking care of animals?  In this camp, we are going behind the scenes of Butterfly Pavilion to see what it takes to be a Zookeeper.   We’ll meet real Zookeepers & we’ll even get to care for our very own animals!

Week 6: July 15 – 19 | WILD Colorado Backyards (same as Week 2): You don’t have to take a plane to discover the wild—in Colorado, it’s right here in our backyards!  Join us as we explore our BRAND NEW exhibit Colorado Backyards, have up close and personal wildlife experiences, discover native plants and animals, and run, jump and explore the natural playground that is all around us!

Week 7: July 22 – 26 | Beekeeper in Training (same as Week 3): Find out what all the buzz is about in this hands-on camp!  Campers will spend the week in a fun and educational immersion into the fascinating world of bees and other pollinators!  We will learn about honey bee biology, native bees, and their vital role in our world.  We will meet an expert beekeeper, learn how honey is made and get to look inside of a real hive!

Week 8: July 29 – August 2 | Aquatic Adventurers (same as Week 4): Rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, and saltwater tanks – all teeming with life!  Discover aquatic invertebrates like stoneflies and crawdads, find out what makes a healthy waterway, meet real ocean animals, and prepare to get splashed during this wet and wild week.

Week 9: August 5 – 9 | Kid vs. Wild Survival Camp: Are you ready for adventure? Join us for an exciting outdoor adventure camp filled with hiking, shelter building, map reading, tracking, and other amazing survival skills! Be prepared to face the great outdoors as things get wild!

Please note: One t-shirt is included with registration. Additional shirts from previous years are also available for sale for just $10. Payment is due at the time of registration. Scholarships are available for up to 50% of camp cost for qualifying students. If you are applying for a scholarship, you must fill out the scholarship application form.

Full Week (Monday – Friday) 

  • Full Day (9 am – 4 pm): Member $240, Nonmember $265
  • Half Day (9 am – 12 pm):Members $135, Nonmember $155

Full Day (9 am – 4 pm) Family Camps July 1 & 2: 

Adult & Child: Member: $60 | Non-Member: $75
Additional Child: Member: $20 | Non-Member: $25
Additional Adult: Member: $20 | Non-Member: $25

Extended Care Options

  • Early Drop Off (8 am – 8:45 am): $10/day or $40/week
  • Late Pick Up (4:15  – 5:00 pm): $10 day or $40/week
If you are applying for a scholarship, you must click here to register.  

 

 

Exhibits

Colorado Backyard

Butterfly Pavilion's newest interactive 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.

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.

Outdoor Gardens & Nature Trails

Explore the lifecycle of a Colorado ecosystem.

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.

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

Great Pollinator Count

Discover pollinator’s right here in our backyard while participating in a citizen science project.
Discover pollinator’s right here in our backyard while participating in a citizen science project. Join us at Butterfly Pavilion and observe pollinators in action, make a beeswax candle and get pollinator friendly seeds to plant at home.
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Insectival: Rosie the Tarantula's 24th Birthday Bash

July 13, 2019 from 9 am - 5 pm
Play, bounce, dance and discover at this family-friendly carnival celebrating Butterfly Pavilion’s 24 years protecting nature’s hidden heroes – invertebrates!
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Free Outdoor Movie Night - SOLD OUT

Friday, June 21, 2019 6 pm
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with the whole family with a kid-friendly film shown out on the lawn at Butterfly Pavilion!