Today's Hours
First Entry 9:00 am
Last Entry 4:15 pm
Donate Buy Tickets
Menu
Today's Hours
First Entry 9:00 am
Last Entry 4:15 pm

Seniors Enrich Butterfly Pavilion through Innovative Employment Program

Seniors Enrich Butterfly Pavilion through Innovative Employment Program

Julie Ann Barowski, Volunteer Manager at Butterfly Pavilion

One of the greatest aspects of Butterfly Pavilion is our people. Everyone from staff to volunteers brings their passion to the organization every day, making it possible for us to achieve big impacts in invertebrate and habitat conservation. Lorraine Martinez and Greg Gonzalez are no exception. They are current participants in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), an innovative program through which seniors provide hands-on service to our organization, updating and learning new skills, in order to better prepare for reentering the workplace. SCSEP is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by Service, Employment, and Redevelopment (SER) National and Colorado is one of just 6 states that currently participate.

Before retirement, Lorraine Martinez worked for several departments of the State of Colorado and had a background in computers and administration. She decided to go back to work and discovered SCSEP through a friend. Through the program, Lorraine has trained at an art thrift store and with a student mentor program. At Butterfly Pavilion Lorraine wanted to focus on her computer skills and so her talents were put to use helping our Education team with data management, research, and other special projects.

Lorraine Martinez

Lorraine says in addition to feeling like she’s getting a full refresher course in computers, she’s excited to learn more about our animals and the work Butterfly Pavilion does behind the scenes. Lorraine says, “It’s amazing to see all the research and learn how important it is. It opens up a whole new world.” Lorraine says a really fun bonus of her work is sharing her new knowledge with her 5 grandkids. She takes home new facts to teach them and they get into conversations about insects.

Greg Gonzalez had a career as a lawyer before working in several managerial positions at mental health organizations. When his grant-funded position ended, Greg was on his way to enroll in an Excel class when he saw a sign for SCSEP. Greg is now exploring a variety of roles at Butterfly Pavilion using his vast skill set. He started as an exhibit interpreter, helping our guests learn more about and interact with animals. He also helps with school group logistics and is currently working on Spanish translations for exhibit signage in preparation for Butterfly Pavilion’s new facility in Broomfield opening in 2022.

Greg Gonzalez

Greg says that through this experience, he’s rediscovered his passion for learning. He especially enjoys teaching guests about animals here, with Rosie the Tarantula, horseshoe crabs, and the atlas moth being among his favorites. Greg enjoys connecting with our guests about how we share the planet with these amazing creatures. His passion is obvious, and he says, “I get excited every time I do exhibit interpretation because the kids get so excited, especially about Rosie. It’s fun. It’s contagious!”

Along with great experiences for Greg and Lorraine, their presence has had a fantastic impact on Butterfly Pavilion. “My interactions and witnessing the connections of others with our SCSEP trainees is one of the highlights of my day, every day. From checking in with Lorraine about how her family is doing to seeing Greg’s excitement when a school bus arrives, the actions of our SCESP participants are making a real tangible, positive difference in the culture of Butterfly Pavilion,” says Eric Oaks, Butterfly Pavilion School Programs Manager.

We are so thankful to have Greg and Lorraine as a part of our team, and we look forward to engaging other SCSEP participants in the future. If you or a senior you know is interested in learning more about SCSEP, you can visit www.seniorserviceamerica.org.

Blog

September 25, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

We Believe in the Power of Invertebrates

Read More
February 20, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion Weighs in on Insect Population Declines

Read More
February 20, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

A Response to Article: Why insect populations are plummeting – and why it matters

What should we make of the news that insect populations are in decline?
Read More
February 11, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterflies and Birthdays

Two Colorado Non-Profits Join Forces to Give Parties to Local Kids in Need
Read More
February 1, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Monarchs: Are the Numbers Up or Down?

Read More
January 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Welcomes New Butterfly & Moth Expert to its Ranks

Read More
January 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

An Inside Look at Butterfly Pavilion’s Education Department

Read More
January 31, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Seniors Enrich Butterfly Pavilion through Innovative Employment Program

Read More
January 4, 2019
By Butterfly Pavilion

Meet Our Animal and Plant Scientists

Read More
December 4, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Distance Learning: It’s for Everyone, Near & Far

Read More
December 3, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Bee Fencing to Protect People and Elephants

Read More
December 3, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

A Cure for Winter Doldrums

Read More
November 28, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

12 Days of Invertebrates Animal Showcase (and Song!) Comes to Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion This December

Read More
November 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado State University and Butterfly Pavilion Formalize Partnership

CSU and Butterfly Pavilion expand their support of interns and their research impact.
Read More
November 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Inspiring Environmental Stewardship

We're inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards.
Read More
October 17, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Statement on National Academy of Sciences Study Findings

Read More
October 16, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion on FOX31 Morning News

Visit Colorado's Invertebrate Zoo to see impressive toxic terrors.
Read More
October 4, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion in Mongolia: Parnassius Butterfly Conservation

Read More
October 2, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Environmental Education: Making Magical Connections

Environmental Education: Making Magical Connections
Read More
September 28, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion Debuts Its New Look

Butterfly Pavilion Launches New Brand and Website
Read More
September 17, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

BUGTOBER Returns to Butterfly Pavilion Oct. 1-31, 2018 for a Month of Toxic Terror!

Join us....if you dare!
Read More
September 6, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

The Business of “Bugs”: Leading Environmental Action for Sustainability

A Business of “Bugs”: Leading Environmental Action for Sustainability
Read More
September 4, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Protecting Spiders with the SWARM Program

We work to protect the species others overlook.
Read More
August 17, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Colorado Celebrates World Honey Bee Day at Butterfly Pavilion

Celebrate World Honey Bee Day at Butterfly Pavilion
Read More
August 3, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

The Importance of Nature Play & Family Adventures

Nature is essential to our well-being as humans.
Read More
July 13, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Summer Events in Full Bloom

Summer Events and Exhibits are in Full Bloom at Colorado's Butterfly Pavilion
Read More
July 2, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Dragonfly Research at High Altitude

Loving Dragonflies at High Altitude
Read More
July 2, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

New Media. New Experiences.

It's incredible what a team can pull together with a little bit of passion.
Read More
June 20, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Colorado’s Butterfly Pavilion And Denver’s Edible Beats Restaurant Group Announce New Beehive Partnership

We are proud to establish and manage a beehive in the Edible Beats Restaurant Group's urban garden. We are incredibly happy that honey from our bees, locally sourced will be served at some of Denver's best restaurants like, Root Down, Linger, Ophelia's, Vital Root and El Five.
Read More
June 4, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Monarchs & Magical Cities: A Journey to Mexico’s Monarch Sanctuaries

Monarchs & Magical Cities: A Journey to Mexico's Monarch Sanctuaries
Read More
May 25, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Statement on Poisoned Bees

As a leader in pollinator conservation, Butterfly Pavilion has a responsibility as stewards of invertebrates and their habitats to find sustainable solutions to the pollinator crisis, through habitat restoration, research, and responsible conscientious pest management practices.
Read More
May 7, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Telling the Untold Story: The Value of Interpreting Invertebrates

The Value of Interpreting Invertebrates
Read More
May 7, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Beekeeping, Pollinator Awareness through Conservation and Education, and Rice’s Honey

Beekeeping, PACE, and Rice's Honey
Read More
April 17, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion Announces Naming Contest for Our New Octopus

Can you come up with the winning name for our Octoups Vulgaris, the common octopus?
Read More
April 5, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Saving Coastal Dunes, One Bug at a Time

Did you ever think bugs could save a beach? Well, they can!
Read More
March 23, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

New Survival Exhibit Opens at Butterfly Pavilion on March 24, 2018

Colorado’s only invertebrate zoo, will debut its newest interactive exhibit, Survival, beginning March 24, 2018.
Read More
March 22, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

The Mystery of Colorado’s Butterfly Populations

“Where have all the butterflies gone?” is a common question I get when I tell people I study butterflies for a living.
Read More
March 6, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

World Spider Day Comes to Butterfly Pavilion March 17, 2018

World Spider Day Spins a Fascinating Web at Butterfly Pavilion on March 17, 2018
Read More
March 2, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

The Value of Citizen Science

Picture a scientist. What is the person wearing? What are they doing? Do you they look anything like you?
Read More
February 1, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

Entomophagy: Could Eating Insects Save the World?

Entomophagy is the technical term for eating insects...
Read More
February 1, 2018
By Mary Ann Colley

The Urban Prairies Project: Habitat Conservation and Community Wellness

Sometimes, conservation and habitat restoration wind up building community.
Read More
January 22, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

A Message from our President and CEO

Science and education can change the world.
Read More
January 22, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Keeping PACE with Butterfly Pavilion’s Conservation Efforts

The Science and Conservation department at Butterfly Pavilion is excited to make important strides for pollinators.
Read More
January 22, 2018
By Butterfly Pavilion

Two Colorado Companies Join Forces to Promote Pollinator Awareness Worldwide

Rice’s® Honey to partner with Butterfly Pavilion’s PACE Initiative to inform consumers about the importance of pollination.
Read More
November 1, 2017
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion to participate in the Colorado Pollinator Summit at the Denver Botanic Gardens, Nov. 2, 2017

One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators like bees, butterflies and beetles and without them, there would be no fruits, nuts, vegetables, oils or most flowers!
Read More
September 26, 2017
By Butterfly Pavilion

Butterfly Pavilion’s New Facility in Broomfield, Colo. to be the Global Hub for Invertebrate Research, Conservation and Education

New, $30M, 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art invertebrate zoo and research center will be the jewel of the global invertebrate community – inspiring a new way of connecting to environmental conservation.
Read More