Bring your class, camp, daycare, or other youth group and journey together through Butterfly Pavilion’s indoor and outdoor exhibits to discover the fascinating lives of invertebrates from desert, grassland, rainforest, ocean and freshwater environments.
Field trips feature hands-on experiences with live animals, interactive technology and invertebrate experts, self-guided exhibit exploration and/or facilitated class options with a Butterfly Pavilion educator, and curriculum-aligned content that explores science and conservation topics.
Offered: September 3 – May 30, Monday – Friday; classes at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30; self-guided visits by request
Student Pricing: $5/student for admission* + $1/student for class fee (if applicable)
Adult Pricing: 1 free adult/5 students, additional adults $12/each
Capacity: 10-50 students/class
*Partial admission scholarships available for qualifying groups.
Self-led Field Trips
Explore indoor and outdoor exhibits at your pace to observe, touch, and learn about invertebrates from environments around the globe! Offered all year.
Add a class to your field trip facilitated by a Butterfly Pavilion educator that features curriculum-aligned content exploring science and conservation topics.
I Wonder About Bugs – Age 3 – Kindergarten
With dramatic play, inquiry, and hands-on activities, young learners indulge their natural curiosity to discover how bugs live, grow, move, and more!
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.
Buggy Basics – 1st – 6th grade
Student scientists observe live animals, study models and specimens, and use a simple dichotomous key to identify common arthropod characteristics and practice classification.
Amazing Adaptations – 2nd – 5th grade
Student scientists use questions, live invertebrates, models, and specimens to identify various adaptations and communicate how they help the animals survive and thrive in their habitats.
Plant Partners – 2nd – 5th grade
Student scientists examine live animals and models to delve into intricate partnerships between invertebrates and plants and infer connections between plants, animals and people.
Ecosystems Explorations – 5th – 8th grade
Outdoors along Big Dry Creek Nature Trail, student teams collect and compare transect data to reveal how biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem connect and how adaptations help living things survive in changing environments.
Invertebrate Diversity – 5th – 8th grade
Students explore invertebrate diversity by observing live animals, what they eat, and their myriad adaptations, discovering the importance of invertebrate along the way.
Illuminating Invertebrate Behavior – 9th – 12th grade
Students walk the footsteps of a scientist, from literature review to experimental design, from testing with live animals and recording results to reporting outcomes and generating new questions to see how scientific knowledge is constantly evolving.
Summer Field Trips
Butterfly Pavilion has long been a favorite summer field trip destination for youth organizations where students become youth scientists and participate in fun, interactive classes led by a Butterfly Pavilion educator.
Offered: June 10 – August 16, Monday – Friday
Class Times: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30; must arrive at least 15 minutes before class time
Ages/Grades: K – 6th grade
Length: Approximately 3 hours total, including 30-minute class + self-paced exhibit exploration + time for lunch
Fee: $6/student (includes admission and class), 1 free adult (teacher, group leader or other adult chaperone) per 5 students, additional adults $12 each
Group Size/Class Session: Minimum 10 students and 1 adult, maximum 30 students and 1 adult/5 students, maximum 10 adults
Summer Facilitated Classes
Bugs and Blooms
What sorts of bugs will we find in our own backyard? Your youth scientists will investigate connections between bugs, plants and their habitats with Butterfly Pavilion educators. Take a look at different ecosystems and the invertebrates who inhabit them, and join us for a bug hunt in our garden and nature trails.
Habitat Is Home
Habitat is home for invertebrates of all shapes and sizes! Your youth scientists will discover what an animal needs to survive in its habitat through a fun interactive game and exploration of some of the habitats along Butterfly Pavilion’s nature trail!
Survival is key for any animal. Your youth scientists will investigate the relationships between predators and prey, and how invertebrates small and large use disguise and other techniques to survive. Join Butterfly Pavilion educators for a fun, interactive game all about the art of survival!
Butterfly Pavilion offers scholarships to Title 1 schools or other groups with 50% or more of the students qualifying for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) program.Learn More