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Keep your kids engaged in learning during school breaks.

*Registration for camp closes 2 days 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.

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!

Out of School Camp Registration is Open!

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

 Camp FAQs

Our out of school camps are in line with Jefferson County’s family calendar.

Monday December 23: Peanut Butter and Jellies: Most of us wouldn’t want these stinging jellies on our sandwich!  Come learn how these brainless invertebrates have survived all these years and get a chance to finally answer the riddle: are they jellyfish or jellies?  *Morning snack included – you can guess what it is!

Friday December 27: Spidey Sense: Insects have incredible superpowers in sight, smell, locomotion, sound, and more! What really is spidey sense? What bugs can see colors that humans can’t? Come learn about the amazing senses of invertebrates and how their senses help them survive.

Monday December 30: Weirdest Bugs: Can snails have two shells? What invertebrate can grow longer than a blue whale?  Join us as we discover the strangest animals on earth and what makes them so odd and cool!

Tuesday December 31: Bug Buddies:  Did you know that some animals need a partner to survive? Some even stick with their buddies for life!  Join us as we learn about these amazing relationships and how both partners benefit.

*We will not have late pickup/aftercare available for this NYE camp, as Butterfly Pavilion closes early.  All campers must be picked up by 4pm.  

Thursday January 2: Nocturnal Invertebrates:  What invertebrates are awake when we are asleep? How do they find food in the dark? Is the owl butterfly really a night owl or not?  In this class, we will examine the invertebrates that take the night shift and reveal some of their secrets.

Friday January 3: Spongebob In Real Life: Did you know that our favorite sponge is actually an invertebrate animal?  Is Patrick too?  Join us as we dive into Bikini Bottom and meet the real life animals that we’ve seen many times on this popular program.  Does this show have any factual biology? You might be surprised!   

Monday January 20: MLK Out of School Day Camp (topic TBD)

Monday February 17: President’s Day of School Day Camp (topic TBD)

Spring Break Camp: March 23-27

Please note: 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 Day (9 am – 4 pm): Member $50, Nonmember $60
  • Half Day (9 am – 12 pm):Members $30, Nonmember $36

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.  




Live Chrysalis Camera

See butterflies as they emerge in Butterfly Pavilion’s Wings of the Tropics!

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.


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.

Upcoming Events

Nature + Music

Experience the magic of the rainforest, to the tune of the Butterfly Lover's Concerto!
Partnership with City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks & Boulder Philharmonic orchestra

Teacher Open House

FREE for Teachers and 1 guest

Beauty of the Birdwing

November 23 – December 31 | 9 am – 5 pm