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Center for Invertebrate Research and Conservation (CIRC)

In 2017, Butterfly Pavilion announced its plans for a new $30 million state-of-the-art facility located in Broomfield, Colorado. CIRC will be a 60,000-square-foot, world-class research lab with an accredited zoological facility to serve as the preeminent local, national and global hub for invertebrate knowledge, conservation, inspiration and connection.

In partnership with the City and County of Broomfield, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, and developer, McWhinney, Butterfly Pavilion will be the defining element of the 900-acre Baseline neighborhood project which will include a linear park, a K-20 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) school, Pollinator District, town center and parking facilities.

Highlights of the new facility:

  • Butterfly Pavilion will partner with other scientific and technology entities to create a “Science City,” connecting educational institutions and students of all ages with groundbreaking conservation, education and research work.
  • Butterfly Pavilion will launch the first-of-its-kind “Pollinator District” providing pollinator-friendly habitat in parks, open spaces, corridors and even roof tops over the entire 900-acre development.
  • An Adams 12 School District K-20 STEM school will be an everyday education partner, located directly across the street from the new Butterfly Pavilion.
  • CIRC will enjoy expanded laboratory facilities for programming, breeding and rearing, boosting programs like Dragonfly Breeding, Husbandry and Animal Welfare, and Chilean Rose Hair SWARM (Safety Web for Arthropod Reproduction and Management).
  • Butterfly Pavilion will boast the latest innovations in interactive exhibitry, which will make exploration, learning and investigation an essential part of every educational experience.
  • The North Park Neighborhood is conveniently located in the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Highway 7 and I-25, with easy access from Northwest Parkway.

CIRC will open in 2021. In the meantime, Butterfly Pavilion will continue to innovate and open new exhibits at our Westminster facility, delighting families and bug enthusiasts alike.

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Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education (PACE)

Butterfly Pavilion is committed to protecting the pollinators that make our world possible. Through programs, activism, conservation and education, we are focused on creating initiatives that raise awareness of these critical animals. Please join us in support by visiting the zoo, making a donation, or volunteering through one of our programs.

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Global Conservation Projects

Butterfly Pavilion manages programs and projects achieving global impact in invertebrate research and conservation.

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Animal Science

Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in cutting edge research that will ensure the sustainability of invertebrate populations.

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Our Zoo and Gardens

Butterfly Pavilion's interactive exhibits foster an appreciation for invertebrates and their habitats, while connecting the community with the innovative research we're doing to conserve these essential animals.

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