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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.

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.

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

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 50% or more of the students qualifying for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) program.

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Live Chrysalis Camera

See butterflies as they emerge in Butterfly Pavilion’s Wings of the Tropics!

Colorado Backyard

Butterfly Pavilion's newest interactive 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.

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.

Upcoming Events

Fall Pollinator Plant Sale

As monarch butterflies migrate through Colorado, bring nature and fun to your home with a Butterfly Pavilion Pollinator Plant Pack.
Make Monarch Magic in your backyard! The best way to add habitat for migrating monarch butterflies and other pollinators is to have the right plants they need for food and shelter.

Monarch Magic is back!

September 13 – 30th 2020
For a limited time, we invite you to once again walk among hundreds of monarch butterflies in Butterfly Pavilion’s indoor tropical conservatory, Wings of the Tropics.

Butterfly Pavilion is Open!

An experience that connects you to the great wide world outside your door.
When you’re ready to visit, Butterfly Pavilion will be here to bring the fun and engagement you and your loved ones have been missing, while ensuring your health and safety. 
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