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Field Trips

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.

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

Timing: Monday – Friday; classes at 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30; self-guided visits by request

*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.

Facilitated Classes

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.