Youth Outreach Programs

No bus? No problem! Butterfly Pavilion can bring a program directly to your school or community site.

Programs feature an interactive lesson and small group investigations facilitated by a Butterfly Pavilion educator, hands-on explorations with live animals and/or specimens, models and media, and curriculum-aligned content that explores science and conservation topics.

All outreach programs incur a travel fee of $0.63/mile round trip between your site and Butterfly Pavilion. Partial program scholarships may be available for qualifying groups.

Length: 45 minutes
Fee: $100/session + travel; sequential sessions discounted 15%
Group Size/Session: 30 participants/session; additional programs required for larger groups

Program Options

Itsy Bitsy Bugs – 3-1st Grade

Youngsters meet live bugs and learn about bugs they may find outside at their home or school through dramatic play and music.


Flutterby – Age 3-1st grade

As a whole group, students reveal how butterflies and moths differ by dressing up a student or teacher and studying preserved butterflies and moths, then experience the butterfly life cycle in an active metamorphosis game. Curriculum-aligned.

Creepy Crawly Story Time – Age 3-3rd grade

By reading beloved stories and encountering live animals, children and families come to appreciate various invertebrates as they take on a whole new dimension as literary characters.

Miss Muffet Story Time – Age 3-3rd grade

Children and families will hear a classic spider story, visit with a spider puppet to learn about unique spider anatomy, and safely encounter live spiders.

Metamorphosis Moves – 1st-6th grade

Led by a Butterfly Pavilion science educator and a Colorado Ballet dance educator, students dance and move to experience the life cycle of a butterfly and examine preserved specimens of each stage. Curriculum-aligned. An additional travel fee is assessed by CO Ballet dependent upon travel time and distance.

Length: 60 minutes
Fee: $200/session + travel, sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 30 students/session

Bug Safari – Age 3-Adult

In this presentation, guests meet invertebrates from environments around the globe, hear about their characteristics, where and how they live, and why they are important in our world.

Length: 60 minutes
Fee: $125/session + travel; sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 10-125 participants (children & adults)/session

Afterschool Enrichment Series – PreK-6th grade

Butterfly Pavilion offers a series of engaging, play-based programs infused with science content and fun designed for youth groups, camps, childcare programs and schools working with youth K-6 after school or during school breaks. Email for more information. Curriculum-aligned.


Butterfly Pavilion offers scholarships to Title 1 schools or other groups with students qualifying for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) program. To qualify, please indicate what percentage FRL your group is and if you would like a scholarship on the registration form for your program. Schools with 75% or more students on Free and reduced lunch program = Up to 100% scholarship support Schools with 50% or more students on Free and reduced lunch program = Up to 75% scholarship support Schools with 25% or more students on Free and reduced lunch program = Up to 50% scholarship support Additonally, scholarships are available for reduced bus transportation costs and substitute teacher coverage. For more info please inquire at



Colorado Backyard

This immersive exhibit connects guests to the rich and diverse life that surrounds us, and inspires a greater commitment to conserve all of our natural treasures in Colorado and beyond.

Wings of the Tropics

Walk among free-flying butterflies in a tropical paradise.


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.

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.

Offsite Exhibits

Upcoming Events

Beekeeping Bootcamp

At Butterfly Pavilion
Typically held on Saturdays. Work alongside Butterfly Pavilion beekeeping experts and other beginner beekeepers, developing the skills necessary to achieve thriving beehives. Beekeeping Bootcamp is taught by a qualified beginning beekeeper class instructor through the Colorado State Beekeeping Association (CSBA)!
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Macro Photography

Classes typically are held on Saturdays. Whether you’re a paparazzo or can’t figure out your camera phone, join expert photographer Bob Krugmire for hands-on instruction that will teach you to maximize the potential of your camera!
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Family Nature Club

Explores exciting nature topics with the whole family.
Explore exciting nature topics with the whole family! Workshops are typically held on Saturdays.