Butterfly Pavilion 39.8871° N -105.067° W

Description

Sitting on 11 acres of land, the Butterfly Pavilion was opened in 1995 and was the first stand-alone non-profit insect zoo in the U.S. There are five main exhibit areas to teach visitors about butterflies and other invertebrates. They offer both guided and self-guided tours along with a class facilitated by an educator. Or they can also bring the material straight to your classroom with interactive activities and live animals and/or specimens, models, and media.


Lunch Notes

Butterfly Pavilion has many tables, grassy areas, and benches available outside for groups to eat lunch. There is also a covered area dedicated to eating equipped with heating lamps for colder days. For days with inclement weather, Butterfly Pavilion will try to accommodate indoor lunch areas.

Bathroom Notes

There are two bathrooms available. One is located behind the front desk near the main entry, the other is located across from the gift shop next to the final indoor exhibit. The bathrooms located across from the gift shop include one family bathroom. There are no bathrooms accessible directly from the classrooms.

Info

6252 West 104th Avenue
Westminster, CO 80020

+1 303-469-5441

Sun
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tues
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thur
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Subjects
Science, Biology, Life Sciences, Animals, Botany, Conservation, Ecosystems, Cultural Connections, Adaptation, Dance
Activities
Field Trip, School Based Program, Planetarium, School Partnership
Grades
3, 4, 5, K, 1, 2, Preschool, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Postsecondary, Adult
Cost
Scholarships Available, Reduced Price For Title 1 Schools
Accommodations
Outdoor Lunch Space

Learning Experiences

Field Trip

Self-Guided Field Trip

Bring your classroom students, daycare group, homeschoolers, or youth group campers and explore Butterfly Pavilion exhibits at your pace. Offered Monday-Friday year round, reservation required. Maximum varies with day's capacity.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, animals, conservation

Grades
preschool, k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
100 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
120 min.

Field Trip With Facilitated Class - Plant Partners (Grades 2-5)

Student scientists examine live animals and models to delve into intricate partnerships between invertebrates and plants. Students are guided to make inferences and deductions about the connections between plants, animals, and people!

Subjects Covered

science, biology, life sciences, animals, botany, conservation

Grades
3, 4, 5
Capacity
50 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
45 min.

Field Trip With Facilitated Class - Buggy Basics (Grades 1-6)

Student scientists observe live animals, study models and specimens, and use a simple dichotomous key to identify common arthropod characteristics and practice creature classification.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, life sciences, animals, conservation

Grades
k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Capacity
50 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
45 min.

Field Trip With Facilitated Class - Life Cycles (Grades K-3)

Student Scientists are challenged to use their senses to observe and interact with three live animals to solve the mystery of their connection - metamorphosis!

Subjects Covered

science, biology, life sciences, animals, conservation

Grades
k, 1, 2
Capacity
50 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
45 min.

Field Trip With Facilitated Class - Who Needs a Habitat? (Grades K-3)

Who needs a habitat? Bees, birds, bears, boys and girls, of course! Learners define the components of habitat- food, water, shelter, space- with a song/chant, and actively explore invertebrates and their homes.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, ecosystems, life sciences, animals, conservation

Grades
k, 1, 2
Capacity
50 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
45 min.

Field Trip With Facilitated Class - Invertebrate Diversity (Grades 5-12)

Students explore invertebrate diversity by observing live animals, what these creatures eat and their myriad adaptations. guided by questions, students discover the incredible importance of invertebrates.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, life sciences, animals, adaptation, conservation

Grades
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Capacity
50 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
45 min.

Field Trip With Facilitated Class - Ecosystem Explorations (Grades 5-8)

Outdoors along Big Dry Creek Nature Trail, student teams collect and compare transect data to reveal how biotic and abiotic parts of an ecosystem connect and how adaptations help living things survive in changing environments.

Subjects Covered

biology, ecosystems, life sciences, animals, botany, conservation

Grades
6, 7, 8
Capacity
50 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
45 min.

Field Trip With Facilitated Class - Amazing Adaptations (Grades 2-5)

Student scientists use questions, live invertebrates, models and specimens to identify various adaptations. Students communicate how these physical and behavioral features help the animals survive and thrive in their habitats.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, life sciences, animals, adaptation, conservation

Grades
3, 4, 5
Capacity
50 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
45 min.

Field Trip With Facilitated Class - I Wonder About Bugs (Age 3-K)

With dramatic play, inquiry and hands-on activities, young learners indulge their natural curiosity to discover how bugs live, grow, move, and more!

Subjects Covered

animals

Grades
preschool
Capacity
50 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
45 min.

Summer Field Trip Program - Survival! (Grades K-6)

Survival is key for any animal. Your young scientists will investigate the relationships between predators and prey, and how invertebrates use camouflage and other techniques to survive. Join Butterfly Pavilion educators for a fun, interactive game all about the art of survival!

Subjects Covered

science, biology, life sciences, animals, conservation

Grades
k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
30 min.

Summer Field Trip Program - Habitat is Home (Grades K-6)

Habitat is home for invertebrates of all shapes and sizes! Your young scientists will discover what an animal needs to survive in its habitat through a fun interactive game and exploration of some of the habitats along Butterfly Pavilion’s nature trail!

Subjects Covered

science, biology, life sciences, animals, conservation

Grades
k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
30 min.

Summer Field Trip Program - Bugs and Blooms (PreK-Grade 6)

What kind of bugs will we find in our own backyard? Your young scientists will investigate connections between bugs, plants, and their habitats during a guided bug hunt in Butterfly Pavilion’s garden and nature trails.

Subjects Covered

science, biology, life sciences, animals, conservation

Grades
preschool, k, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Capacity
30 stu., 1 chap. per 10 stu.
Activity

field trip

Duration
30 min.

School Based Program

Planetarium