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June 10-14, 2024 - 7-9 years old: Aquatic Adventures

Explore the world of aquatic animals and ecosystems in this adventure filled camp!

 

June 10-14, 2024 - Offsite Camp 10-12 years old: Let's Build a Pollinator Garden

Let's get our hands dirty as we discover the buzzing world of pollinators and their habitats. Join us as we learn the essentials of gardening and the importance of pollination as we create our very own pollinator garden.

June 17-21, 2024 - 5-6-years-old: Powerful Pollinators

Explore the world of pollinators and discover their superpowers and why we rely on them!  Did you know that we wouldn’t have chocolate without them?

June 17-21, 2024 - 7-9-years-old: Powerful Pollinators

Explore the world of pollinators and discover their superpowers and why we rely on them!  Did you know that we wouldn't have chocolate without them?

June 17-21, 2024 - Offsite Camp 10-12 years old: Pollinator to Plate

Embark on a flavorful journey to discover the vital role of pollinators in our food system. From beekeeping to gardening, this immersive experience will transform the way you see and savor your meals. 

June 24-28, 2024 - 5-6 years old: Spineless Superheroes

Unleash your inner superhero as we explore the fascinating world of bugs and their extraordinary abilities. Join us for a week of discovery, adventure, and hands-on activities that prove even the smallest creatures can be the mightiest of all!

June 24-28, 2024 - 7-9 years old: Creatures, Myths, and Legends

Where did the stories of sea monsters like the Kraken come from? What other real-life creatures have inspired some of our favorite tales? Join us as we explore cultural stories, myths, and legends centered around some of our most charismatic creatures! 

June 24-28, 2024 - Offsite Camp 10-12 years old: Nature's Engineers

Discover how nature's smallest creatures create incredible structures and inspire today's latest technology. Experience hands-on learning and compete in engineering design challenges to see if you’re smarter than a bug! 

June 3-7, 2024 - 5-6 years old: Junior Zookeeper

Immerse yourself in the world of a zookeeper and experience what they do every day at Butterfly Pavilion!

June 3-7, 2024 - 7-9 years old: Junior Zookeeper

Immerse yourself in the world of a zookeeper and experience what they do every day at Butterfly Pavilion! 

Kaleidoscope Membership

Metamorphosis Memberships are for compassionate philanthropists who want to deepen their impact in Colorado and around the world. At the Kaleidoscope level, you'll get loads of exciting member benefits, including:

Member Hour

Welcome to Member Hour!

Members now have the opportunity to have Butterfly Pavilion all to themselves! During Member Hour, members can visit either one hour before or one hour after we are open to General Admission guests and groups.

Book ahead to reserve your space or show your membership card when you arrive - we look forward to seeing you there!

Natures Best Hope: A Webinar with Doug Tallamy

Join acclaimed ecologist Doug Tallamy in a transformative webinar on his book ""Nature's Best Hope."" Recent headlines highlight alarming declines in global insect populations and three billion fewer birds in North America, signaling a need for a shift in our landscape designs. Tallamy offers hope by emphasizing that these losses are not inevitable. Discover the power of selecting the right plants to address the biodiversity and climate crises. Tallamy will outline simple steps we can take to reverse decline and shift our relationship with nature. Register now for a sustainable and biodiverse future.

 

Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 112 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 43 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His books include Bringing Nature Home, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, The Nature of Oaks, winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2022 book award. In 2021 he cofounded Homegrown National Park with Michelle Alfandari (HomegrownNationalPark.org). His awards include recognition from The Garden Writer’s Association, Audubon, The National Wildlife Federation, Allegheny College, Ecoforesters, The Garden Club of America and The American Horticultural Association.

On a Silken Thread: Arachno Fact and Fancy

*This class is intended for adults but is suitable for 16+ with an adult in attendance*

Spiders and arachnids - love them or leave them but at least learn to respect these top predators of the world of creepy crawlies. On Saturday, April 13th from 10 a.m. until noon Dr. Paula Cushing, the Senior Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, will give a talk about these eight-legged creatures. Dr. Cushing has been conducting research on spiders and their relatives since 1986. She began her position at the museum in 1998. She has published scientific articles about spiders, scorpions, and solifuges (camel spiders). In this lecture she will introduce you to these extraordinary animals, to their life history, behavior, and importance as insect predators.

An arachnologist by the name of William S. Bristowe once estimated that a one acre field could be home to over two and a quarter million individual spiders. Spiders eat trillions of insects a year and are thus a fine natural control on insect populations. In desert environments, arachnids such as camel spiders (order Solifugae) and scorpions (order Scorpiones) are top predators, emerging from burrows at night to hunt insects and small mammals fool enough to get in their way. Learn just how dangerous the infamous black widow can be, find out why the brown recluse is not a concern here in the west, and impress your friends and influence people with all your newly gained knowledge about these fascinating creatures. Get answers to all those pesky spider and arachnid questions that have been plaguing you for years.

Biography: Paula Cushing received her Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Florida. In 1998, she began her position as Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Her research focuses on the biodiversity, taxonomy, systematics, and evolutionary ecology of arachnids, particularly spiders and wind scorpions, or solifuges. She has published numerous scientific articles as well as popular articles about spiders and insects. She is also very active with the American Arachnological Society and the International Society of Arachnology and has served as President of both these scientific societies.

Patio/Small Space Gardening

No yard? No Problem! Anyone can create and indulge in a beautiful garden space, and any outdoor space can serve pollinators! Meet some small-space plant powerhouses, talk structure and resources in containers, and get inspired to make big change in little areas.

Photo Hour

Relish a quiet hour of morning light photography in the tropical rainforest before open our doors to the public. Snap photos of beautiful butterflies and exotic tropical flowers in the morning light. Sessions are offered monthly and begin at 8:00am.

Cost:  $10 for non-members, $8.00 for members. Note: This session is self-guided. Participants supply own equipment.

Plants for Pollinators

Flowers are more than fine, but which plants truly serve the needs of pollinators? Meet some plant powerhouses, how to choose the right ones for the right spaces, and how to get your hands on the best material.

 

Pollinator Garden Design

What looks good to human and insect eyes? Design your own habitat garden! Explore principles of aesthetic design, tool use, and what a truly pollinator-friendly design should include.

Pollinator Garden Maintenance & Care

What does it take to have a garden space that is truly pollinator-friendly? Explore techniques and approaches in encouraging your garden to thrive as it’s own mini-ecosystem, and reap the benefits of less money, time, and resources spent on your space. Learn the do’s and don’ts of clean up, the signs and symptoms of different visitors to your garden, and the magic in embracing a little bit of “mess”.

Pollinator Garden Preparation & Planting

So you want a pollinator garden... but how do you make it a reality? Creating a healthy garden goes beyond pretty plant choices and where to place them. Learn the practical pieces of installation and habitat-friendly practices and approaches – explore planting techniques, soil health, irrigation and groundcover choices and more.

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