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Urban Prairies Project

The Urban Prairies Project (UPP) improves the ecological health of urban and suburban open spaces in the City and County of Broomfield, the City of Westminster and beyond, while providing opportunities to engage community volunteers in habitat conservation for pollinators and other wildlife.

The Urban Prairies Project focuses on collaborative habitat restoration as both a way to improve local natural areas and engage the community. Project partners create restoration plans for local open space sites, then engage local volunteers to assist with weed management, re-vegetation, habitat monitoring and outreach. These results are then used to expand restoration efforts and throughout our region.

Master Volunteers

The Urban Prairies Project recruits and trains long-term, committed restoration master volunteers who assist with leading restoration work days, collect data about the plants and wildlife at the site and engage the public with information about their local open spaces through presentations or publications. By training and leading other community groups, these stewards extend the impact of habitat restoration to a larger audience. These volunteers are key ambassadors between local open spaces and their communities, offering regular opportunities for residents to participate in restoration, observe wildlife and native plants and experience an active, outdoor lifestyle.

Get Involved

It’s easy to get involved in this innovative and exciting program. For more information about upcoming trainings and projects, click below to contact Amy Yarger, Horticulture Director.

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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!

Thanksgiving and Winter Camps

Spend your school break learning and exploring! ............................................................................................................................... Registration for Monday's Thanksgiving Camp will close at 12pm on Saturday November 17.
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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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