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Butterfly Pavilion's Pollinator Place is now closed. The space will reopen on Friday, May 3rd as our new Origins: Building Life exhibit!

Butterfly Pavilion is celebrating invertebrates and all they contribute to our planet! We are joining the Association of Zoos & Aquariums  (AZA) facilities across the country for this spring collaboration to showcase animals that we all rely on.

Join us by “Getting Down to Earth” and make an impact during Party for the Planet in honor of Earth Day!


Scroll down below to learn about AZA and Butterfly Pavilion initiatives and the species that will benefit from your visit during Party for the Planet!

North American Monarch Program (SAFE)

Butterfly Pavilion is a proud member and leader within the AZA SAFE North American Monarch Program which is helping to increase zoos' and aquariums’ conservation leadership throughout North America in order to bolster the habitat for migratory monarch butterflies. This critical action is needed to recover and sustain butterfly populations, which are in steep decline.

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Safety Web for Arthropod Reproduction and Management (SWARM)

Butterfly Pavilion leads the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Safety Web for Arthropod Reproduction and Management (SWARM) program in the maintenance of sustainable populations for the Chilean rose hair tarantulas, Grammostola rosea (Rosie).

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Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project (FRTRP)

The AZA-Florida Reef Tract Rescue Project (AZA-FRTRP) is an AZA member-driven coral rescue and conservation network focused on the rescue, housing and future propagation of Florida corals affected by stony coral tissue loss disease.

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North American Freshwater Mussel (SAFE)

Zoos and aquariums like Butterfly Pavilion are teaming up to protect the 303 freshwater species across north America and Canada that are in dire need of protection. The biggest threat to freshwater mussels is habitat destruction and fragmentation.

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Party For The Planet Tips & Resources

Learn how to do your part to protect species and their habitats and make an impact this Earth Day!

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Volunteer for Community Science!

Sign up for a Community Science program or to volunteer at Butterfly Pavilion in honor of Earth Day. Grab a friend or your family and assist our scientists in a nature adventure that will positively impact Colorado communities and help us save nature’s tiny giants!

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