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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.

Current List of Projects:

  • Big Dry Creek Open Space
  • Mattive Open Space
  • Metzger Open Space
  • Plaster Reservoir
  • Rothman Open Space Trail
  • Skyestone Pond
  • Standley Lake Regional Park

Restoration 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.

Restoration Master Volunteer Basic Training 2019

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 us.

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Exhibits

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.

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.

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

Bug-A-Boo

October 26 & 27 | 9 am - 5 pm
Safe, indoor trick-or-treating for the whole family.
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Bugtober: Masquerade

October 1 – 31 | 9 am - 5 pm
Butterfly Pavilion cordially invites you to an exhibit showcase of the master illusionists of the invertebrate world.
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Girl Scout Day

November 9 at 9 am
Girl Scouts are taking over Butterfly Pavilion! Earn your Brownie Bugs Badge, Eco Friend Badge or Daisy Make the World a Better Place Rosie Petal.
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