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 – May, Monday – Friday; classes at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00; self-guided visits by request
Student Pricing: $5/student for admission* + $3/student for class fee (if applicable)
Adult Pricing: 1 free adult/10 students, additional adults regular adult admission price
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.
Fee: $5/student (includes admission), 1 free adult (teacher, group leader or other adult chaperone) per 10 students, additional adults Regular Admission price
Add a class to your field trip! Facilitated by a Butterfly Pavilion educator, these programs feature curriculum-aligned content that explore science and conservation topics.
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!
What’s That Bug? – 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.
CURRICULUM STANDARDS SUPPORTED (in age appropriate differentiation) :
K – Organisms can be described and sorted by their physical characteristics
1st – An organism is a living thing that has physical characteristics to help it survive
2nd- Each plant or animal has different structures or behaviors that serve different functions
2nd- Organisms depend on their habitat’s nonliving parts to satisfy their needs
3rd – The duration and timing of life cycle events such as reproduction and longevity vary across organisms and species
4th – All living things share similar characteristics, but they also have differences that can be described and classified
4th– Comparing fossils to each other or to living organisms reveals features of prehistoric environments and provides information about organisms today.
4th– There is interaction and interdependence between and among living and nonliving components of ecosystems.
5th – All organisms have structures and systems with separate functions
5th– Human body systems have basic structures, functions and needs.
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 – August, Monday – Friday
Class Times: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30; 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: $8/student (includes admission and class), 1 free adult (teacher, group leader or other adult chaperone) per 10 students, additional adults are Regular Admission Price; self-led field trips are $5/student
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!
Homeschool Field Trips
Homeschoolers and families, take a field trip together at Butterfly Pavilion!Homeschool Field Trips