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Seasonal Kids Camps at Butterfly Pavilion

Summer Camp Registration is Live!

Due to recent developments around coronavirus (COVID-19) in Colorado, Butterfly Pavilion will be closed to business starting at 5:00 pm Friday, March 13, with an estimated re-open date of Sunday, April 5, 2020.  We will not be holding Spring Break camp during this time, but we do intend to host Summer Camps as planned. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have questions or concerns, please email Marissa at


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. Scroll down for upcoming Out of School Camp, Spring Break Camp and Summer Camp information and registration. 

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.

Out of School Camps 

Our Out of School Camps are in line with Jefferson County’s family calendar.

Monday, February 17: President’s Day Out of School Day Camp: Coral Adventure. Ever wondered what it’s like to see a coral reef up close? Dive into our camp and experience the launch of our brand new Florida coral reef exhibit and discover how coral reefs are made and the wonderful animals that live there. Splash on over to learn how coral reefs affect people, even here in Colorado! Click here to register.

Spring Break Camps

March 23 – 27 (both full week and single day registration available). What exactly does it take to go from an egg to an adult bee? Is it the same process as a butterfly or an octopus? Join us during Spring Break to learn how some of our favorite tiny giants transform through fun games, crafts and live animal encounters.

  • Monday, March 23: Butterflies and Moths. Does a butterfly make a cocoon or chrysalis? What’s the difference? Join us in this tropical day to learn all about how butterflies and moths transform to the beautiful flying insects we see around the world.
  • Tuesday, March 24: Under Water. Do sea creatures like coral, sea jellies and octopuses transform like caterpillars into butterflies? Or is their transformation completely different? Dive down deep with us to learn about marine invertebrate life cycles and witness some of these amazing animals up close.
  • Wednesday, March 25: Beetles, Ants and Bees. Does the larva of a beetle, ant or bee look similar to a moth? How are they different? Buzz on over as we step inside the homes of these mighty workers to see how their transformation is completed.
  • Thursday, March 26: Plants. Do plants go through a transformation similar to bees or coral? Do they transform at all? Grow with us as we learn about different parts of the plant and how they survive based on where they live.
  • Friday, March 27: Incomplete Metamorphosis. Lots of animals and plants transform but do they all transform with the same stages? Explore with us as we discover the different ways our animals and plants grow up.

Out of School and Spring Break Camp Pricing

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
  • Full Week Full Day: Member $240, Nonmember $265
  • Full Week Half Day: Member $135, Nonmember $155

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

Summer Camps

June 1 – August 14. Summer Camp registration opens February 1. Early bird registration for current Butterfly Pavilion members will open January 24. To get an email reminder when Summer Camp registration is live, email Marissa at

2020 Summer Camp FAQs

2020 Summer Camp Dates 

  • Week 1: June 1-5: Spider Week – Does your kiddo love Rosie? A Spiderman fan?  Do you want them to turn the corner from fear to appreciation of our arachnid friends?  This camp will explore all the fun, fascination, care, and handling of our awesome eight-legged pals.
  • Week 2: June 8-12: Junior Zookeeper  – We are bringing back a favorite camp for an even more in-depth and up close look into the life of a Zookeeper!  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 & get to care for our very own animals!

Been to this camp before? We will go even more in depth and explore different animals with our expert keepers and educators. 

  • Week 3: June 15-19: 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!
  • Week 4: June 22-26: Mythbusters – Is a daddy longlegs the deadliest spider in the world?  Can you make two worms out of one? Can you tell how old a ladybug is by its spots?  In this experiment and science-based camp, we will bust some common myths and learn some amazing truths about the unique animals we have here.
  • Week 5: June 29-July 3: Aquatic Adventures –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 6: July 6-10: Spider Week *(same theme as week 1)
  • *Week 7: July 13-17: Junior Zookeeper *(same theme as week 2)
  • *Week 8: July 20-24: Kid vs. Wild *(same theme as week 3)
  • *Week 9: July 27 – July 31: Mythbusters *(same theme as week 4)
  • *Week 10: August 3-7: Aquatic Adventures *(same theme as week 5)
  • Week 11: August 10-14: Time Travelers – Can you imagine a dragonfly bigger than a hawk? A millipede as big as a car? Aliens living among us?  In this camp we will travel back in time to the Carboniferous period when giant arthropods ruled the earth and imagine what a sci-fi future could look like.  We will study fossils, make life-size replicas, and meet some of their modern day cousins.

Summer Camp Pricing

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 Week (Monday – Friday) 

  • Full Day (9 am – 4 pm): Member $240, Nonmember $265
  • Half Day (9 am – 12 pm):Member $135, Nonmember $155
  • Camps week 5 & 6 only: Full Day (9 am – 4 pm): Member $200, Nonmember $235; Half Day (9 am – 12 pm): Member $100, Nonmember $125

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

Special thanks to our camp sponsor!


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

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Citizen Scientists at Butterfly Pavilion make large-scale science possible.

Kids Night Out

Take a night to yourself and bring your kids to Butterfly Pavilion for a fun night of invertebrate exploration and science learning!
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Spring Photo Workshop led by Bob Krugmire

Get in touch with your camera during this 2-day hands-on workshop
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