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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. If included in program, children must be at least 3 years old to hold Rosie.

All outreach programs incur a travel fee of $0.55/mile round trip between your site and Butterfly Pavilion. Partial program scholarships may be available for qualifying groups.

Program Options

Itsy Bitsy Bugs – Age 2-Pre-K

Youngsters meet live bugs, including Rosie the tarantula (to see, not hold), and learn about bugs they may find outside at their home or school through dramatic play and music. Curriculum-aligned.

Length: 30 minutes
Fee: $80/session + travel; sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 20 students/session 

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.

Length: 45 minutes
Fee: $100/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. *Must be at least 3 years old to hold Rosie.

Length: Up to 75 minutes with Rosie* holding time
Fee: $125/session + travel; sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 10-60 participants (children & adults)/session

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. Must be at least 3 years old to hold Rosie.

Length: up to 60 minutes with Rosie holding time
Fee: $100/session + travel; sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 30 children + adults/session  

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, including Rosie the tarantula. Must be at least 3 years old to hold Rosie.

Length: Up to 60 minutes with Rosie Holding Time
Fee: $100/session + travel; sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 30 children + adults/session 

NEW! Bug Bonanza – K-1st grade

Meet live bugs, including holding Rosie, and use role playing, movement, and music to discover how different types of amazing animals live in habitats near and far. Curriculum-aligned. Must be at least 3 years old to hold Rosie.

Length: 45 minutes
Fee: $100/session + travel, sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 30 participants/session

Critter Classification – 1st-6th grade

In group activities, students work together to examine models and specimens, and observe live animals to identify arthropod characteristics and sort creatures into their major groups. Curriculum-aligned.

Length: 45 minutes
Fee: $100/session + travel; sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 30 students/session  

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.

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

Radical Rainforests – 1st-8th grade

Take a virtual journey through the fascinating and diverse rainforest biome, revealing the harsh extremes of the tropics and examining live rainforest invertebrates and preserved specimens.

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

Incredible Invertebrate Adaptations – 2nd-5th grade

Using science process skills, live animals, specimens, and media, students investigate invertebrates and their incredible—and sometimes unbelievable—physical and behavioral adaptations. Curriculum-aligned.

Length: 45 minutes
Fee: $100/session + travel, sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 30 students/session

Habitat Connections – 2nd-5th grade

Using live animals, media, and critical thinking, students uncover connections like predators, prey, decomposers, symbiosis, and more – all within an animal’s habitat. Curriculum-aligned.

Length: 45 minutes
Fee: $100/session + travel, sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 30 students/session

Bug Bites – 3rd– 8th grade

Bugs for dinner?! This program reveals how common bug-eating really is in our own lives and in other cultures around the world and includes an opportunity to meet live animals, and—if you dare—even taste-test a bug! Bone(less) appétit! Curriculum-aligned.

Length: 60 minutes
Fee: $125/session + travel, sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 30 students/session

Pollination Pals – 4th-6th grade

Using media, specimens, and science process skills, students discover the ways invertebrates and flowers are intricately connected and how their interaction makes possible much of the food we eat! Curriculum-aligned.

Length: 45 minutes
Fee: $100/session + travel, sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 30 students/session

Aquatic Invertebrates – 4th-8th grade

Student scientists explore adaptations and analyze real data to understand the critical ecological relationships of key aquatic invertebrates and the effects of changes in their environments. Curriculum-aligned.

Length: 45 minutes
Fee: $100/session + travel, sequential sessions discounted
Group Size/Session: 30 students/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 education@butterflies.org for more information. Curriculum-aligned.

Exhibits

Wings of the Tropics

Walk among free-flying butterflies in a tropical paradise.

Crawl-A-See-Em

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.

Invertebrate World

Immerse yourself in an explosion of invertebrate diversity.

Outdoor Gardens & Nature Trails

Explore the lifecycle of a Colorado ecosystem.

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.

Butterflies at Chatfield

This seasonal habitat at Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms is home to hundreds of native Colorado butterflies such as swallowtails, monarchs, mourning cloaks and painted ladies. Butterflies at Chatfield is a partnership between Denver Botanic Gardens and Butterfly Pavilion.

Upcoming Events

12 Days of Invertebrates

A holiday-themed showcase of spineless wonders!

Winter Camps

For kids ages 5-12.
For kids ages 5-12. Spend your school break learning and exploring!
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How to Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls with Dr. David Hu

Join Dr. Hu from the Georgia Institute of Technology for this exciting talk and book signing that will reveal the unbelievable ways in which animals interact with water.
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