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Butterfly Pavilion has returned to regular hours. Our last entrance is at 4:00 p.m. with doors closing at 4:15 p.m. Guests in the facility have until 5:00 p.m. to explore the exhibits.

Distance Learning

All you need is a laptop, a webcam and a high-speed internet connection to bring Butterfly Pavilion’s award-winning distance learning programs to your school or youth group.

Distance learning allows Butterfly Pavilion to provide the global community with greater access to our programming at a low cost to participants. In 2017, we saw our first international participants and that audience continues to grow.

Programs feature interactive, real-time lessons on-screen facilitated by a Butterfly Pavilion educator, live on-screen animal experiences and/or exploration of real-world conservation topics and curriculum-aligned content that uses visual and audio media to illustrate science concepts.

Length: Up to 45 minutes
Fee: $100/session, sequential sessions discounted $50
Group Size/Session: 30 participants/session; additional programs required for larger groups unless otherwise indicated

Program Options

Life Cycles – K – 3rd grade
Student scientists are challenged to use their senses to observe and interact with three live animals to solve the mystery of their connection–metamorphosis!

Who Needs a Habitat – K-3rd grade
Learners define the components of habitat that all living things need, and actively explore invertebrates and their homes.

Besieged Bees – 3rd – 6th grade
In this empowering program presented via interactive video conference, participants compare three types of bees, discover why bees are important, investigate their population decline, and generate ideas to help conserve and restore their numbers!

Monarch Mysteries – 3rd – 6th grade
Through interactive video conference, participants explore the monarch’s epic migration journey, identify challenges they face through their life cycle, and outline how to help bolster declining monarch populations and answer lingering questions through citizen science.

Virtual Invertebrate Encounter – Pre-K – Adult
Through interactive video conferencing, a featured invertebrate* is introduced and shown on camera, then student scientists take the lead through inquiry, asking questions about the animal to set the direction for the remainder of this fun, back-and-forth session. *Choose from a list of invertebrate options.

Pollinator Protector – 6th -12th grade
Through a virtual exploration of invertebrates around the world, students discover unique pollination partnerships, identify how human action affects these partnerships, and lead an empowering discussion on how to make sure we leave a positive impact on the world. With guidance from pollination experts, learn how, through citizen science, anyone can become a pollinator protector!

Customizable Virtual Invertebrate Encounter – Pre-K – Adult
Butterfly Pavilion is a great resource for invertebrate knowledge far beyond bees, butterflies, and tarantulas. If you’d like us to introduce your students to another invertebrate and connect it all back to your classroom curriculum, request this customizable program and we’ll plan something just for you. *This program requires a minimum of 4 weeks’ advance notice to book.

Virtual Field Trips (Kindergarten & Higher)

Teachers can now bring the excitement of a Butterfly Pavilion field trip to students, virtually! Enjoy a fun and interactive opportunity to keep students learning from wherever they are. Programs are delivered by our skilled team of educators, are curriculum-aligned, and focus on themes related to conservation, environmental science, biology, and other STEM disciplines. Explore adaptations, metamorphosis, ecosystem interactions and more!

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