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Professional Development

Invite our team of professional science educators, scientists and inclusivity experts to help your organization achieve its goals.

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Educator Workshops

Workshops support professional development needs in a collaborative and fun environment. Each workshop is rich with vetted science content, science teaching methods skill-building and application, useful resources, and networking opportunities.

Butterfly Pavilion Workshops will:

  • Bolster your team’s science content knowledge
  • Expand skills with proven methods that make science learning fun and relevant
  • Increase teacher comfort with teaching science

Request a Butterfly Pavilion teacher workshop at Butterfly Pavilion or at Your Site!

Choose from titles below, which can be customized for workshop length, target grade range, and site. Descriptions below are based on an 8-hour agenda at Butterfly Pavilion.

For availability, pricing, and scheduling, please email: education@butterflies.org

Amazing Adaptations and Partnerships

Explore amazing adaptations and intricate partnerships from the invertebrate world through interactive science lessons. We’ll work with the 5E Model of Science Instruction to review the lessons and use the model to outline a lesson to use/adapt in your own classroom!

Beyond Butterflies

What creature(s) come to mind when you think of invertebrates? In this content-rich workshop, participants explore the amazing diversity of invertebrates, experience learning tools to tap curiosity, design a lesson to use/adapt, and discover incredible invertebrate diversity, butterflies and beyond!

Pollinators in Peril Series – Bees and Monarchs

NEW! If you an educator for children grades 3-6, this workshop is especially for you! Combining the strengths of distance learning, project-based learning, and citizen science, this workshop will empower you to connect your students with authentic science. Explore fascinating content about bees and monarchs, find out what scientists know about declining populations of these critical pollinators, and investigate citizen science projects that will have your students contributing to the body of knowledge and empowered to help reverse troubling trends for monarchs and bees.

Project WILD Workshops

Project WILD is a nationally recognized, award-winning curriculum supporting hands-on learning with activities teaching about wildlife, habitats, water resources, and more. Curriculum guides a filled with background content, vetted and time-tested activities, and a plethora of resources.

The Good, The Bad, The Bug-ly

What is it about invertebrates that attracts or repels us?  In this workshop, participants will use inquiry to challenge their own misconception-based fears and develop a new lens through which to empower learners to see, understand, and value invertebrates.

For availability, pricing, and scheduling, please email: education@butterflies.org

 

Inclusivity Workshops

Inclusivity in education, interpretation and the environmental movement is critical to building and maintaining thriving community spaces and a healthy planet for all. Each workshop will include exercises, discussions, reflection and planning sessions that will allow participants to become familiar with culturally competent approaches to community engagement, workplace inclusivity and project planning. These workshops are open to all but are presented with special attention to the challenges faced in the fields of Education, Parks and Recreation, Museums, Zoos, and Aquariums.

The 2019 series schedule will be posted in Winter 2018.

Exhibits

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.

Invertebrate World

Immerse yourself in an explosion of invertebrate diversity.

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

12 Days of Invertebrates

A holiday-themed showcase of spineless wonders!

Winter Camps

For kids ages 5-12.
For kids ages 5-12. Spend your school break learning and exploring!
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How to Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls with Dr. David Hu

Join Dr. Hu from the Georgia Institute of Technology for this exciting talk and book signing that will reveal the unbelievable ways in which animals interact with water.
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