Arachnology: The Fascinating World of Spiders

Arachnology is a 1.5-hour class that delves into the captivating world of spiders. Through a mix of informative instruction and visual aids, students will explore the diversity of spiders, their key characteristics, and their ecological significance. This class aims to offer a foundational understanding of spiders, suitable for those curious about these arachnids without the need for extensive time commitments.

* This course includes live animals*

Build a Terrarium Workshop

Create your very own magical butterfly miniworld display in a glass dome. Miniworlds are tiny intricate worlds created from elements of nature and sealed in a glass dome. They require no care. All materials incorporated are preserved.

Each participant will receive a variety of materials to really personalize their mini world to their aesthetic. Materials include. 1 2.75x3.14" glass dome with a cork base, adhesive, dried botanicals, dried moss, crystals, 1 pinned for display butterfly specimen, optional bone.

Butterfly Pavilion Rainforest Yoga

Experience a rejuvenating yoga class in our tropical rainforest. Led by one of our rotating instructors, classes provide an amazing opportunity to transcend the hustle and bustle of daily life as you practice amongst the butterflies in our conservatory.


Due to this program being in high demand no refunds or date change requests can be made for this program. All tickets are final purchase.

Butterfly Quest After Hours

Are you interested in learning about the fascinating life of butterflies? Look no further than Butterfly Quest, a community science initiative designed to track the lifespans of butterflies in our conservatory. 

Join us for Butterfly Quest After Hours and become a butterfly researcher for the evening! Learn about proper tagging techniques and identify tagged butterflies as they flutter around our beautiful conservatory. 

Butterfly Pavilion educators will guide you through this incredible experience, and provide you with expert knowledge and insight into the world of butterflies. 

Be a community scientist and discover the magical world of butterflies. You can help provide invaluable information for Butterfly Pavilion s butterfly conservation efforts and understanding the lifecycles of these incredible creatures. 

Sign up for Butterfly Quest After Hours and uncover the secrets of the butterfly world.

Butterfly Walk with the Lepidopterist

Spend your morning on an educational and fun walk through Butterfly Pavilion’s, Wings of the Tropics exhibit, with our resident Lepidopterist. This program offers you a hour-long experience where you'll explore the wonders of our butterfly room like never before, guided by an expert who has devoted their life to the study of butterflies.

Community Science Wokshop: iNaturalist

This workshop will teach participants how to participate in the community science project called iNaturalist. Participants will learn how to use the iNaturalist app to identify and document local flora and fauna. The workshop will cover basic identification skills, camera techniques, and data entry. Participants will also learn how to contribute to scientific research by submitting their findings to the iNaturalist database. Whether you are an experienced naturalist or just curious about the world around you, this workshop will provide you with the tools to become a community scientist and contribute to our understanding of biodiversity.

Crawling Through Crime: Exploring the World of Forensic Entomology Webinar

Webinar Overview: This webinar will introduce attendees to the fascinating world of forensic entomology: the use of insects in investigations. Attendees will learn about the diversity of forensically relevant insects, and how insects are collected from crime scenes and analyzed for cases. Case examples will be discussed to explain how forensic entomology is used in criminal investigations, from the crime scene to the courtroom. Join us to learn more about Forensic Flies and the use of maggots to solve murders.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Krystal Hans is a board-certified forensic entomologist and serves as the Director of Forensic Science and an Assistant Professor of Forensic Entomology at Purdue University. She received her master’s degree from Cleveland State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Before arriving to Purdue in 2019, she held a position as the Director of Forensic Biology at Delaware State University and served on the Delaware Commission on Forensic Science from 2016-2018. At Purdue, she has instructed more than 2000 undergraduate students in courses on forensic entomology and forensic science and has a research lab that mentors graduate and undergraduate students' experiments on the behavior and development of forensically relevant insects. Dr. Hans is currently the president-elect for the North American Forensic Entomology Association and serves as a forensic consultant for investigations in states across the Midwest. She is an instructor at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and provides training in forensic entomology for law enforcement, pathologists, and coroners in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio.

*Zoom link will be sent to you 24 hours prior to the class*

Crawly Crew: A Family Nature Club

September 25th: Fossil Fun is an engaging and educational program designed to provide hands-on experience for caregivers and their young children to learn about the fascinating world of Earth's first invertebrates through the creation of their very own fossils!

October 9th: The Dug Out! Designed specifically for Caregivers and their curious tots, this engaging program offers a unique opportunity to dive into the wonders of the natural world, fostering a love for nature and learning through playful soil exploration.

More topics to come!

Evening Rainforest Yoga

Unwind after hours with evening rainforest yoga at Butterfly Pavilion. Take a moment for yourself to reflect and rejuvenate after a long day and enjoy the calming greenery and beautiful butterflies that will join you on your evening yoga experience. We can't wait to see you!


Flashlight Tours

Grab your flashlight and get ready for a special guided tour like no other. Whether you're a curious kid or an adventurous adult, this after-hours experience is perfect for you. Explore the exhibits in a whole new light and become a detective as you solve mysteries of invertebrates from around the world. Get ready to dive into their fascinating stories and learn about the challenges they face in the real world.

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm


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Oct. 29th


Members: $12 for adults, $5 for kids

Non-members: $15 for adults, $9 for kids

Flashlight Tours - Adults Only!

For adults only: No kids? No problem! Whether after your little ones have gone to bed, or at the start of a unique date night, adult guests can experience Butterfly Pavilion through a one-of-a-kind, after-hours, guided flashlight tour! Explore our exhibits and solve the mysteries in each to uncover real world truths.

Let the fun begin, purchase tickets now!

This event is 18+ only

Date: Oct. 27th

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm


Members: $12

Non-members: $15

Halloween Tea Time

Welcome to the enchanting Halloween Tea Time program at the Butterfly Pavilion! Join us for a spine-tingling afternoon of delightful treats and fascinating knowledge on Arachnids.

During this special event, guests will be treated to a selection of delicious teas and scrumptious cookies, creating the perfect ambiance for a spooky and enjoyable tea time. But beware, as lurking beneath the surface, we have a captivating hour-long lecture on Arachnids.

Discover the mysterious world of spiders, scorpions, and other arachnids as you unravel the myths and truths surrounding these incredible creatures. Learn about their unique adaptations, impressive hunting techniques, and vital roles in the ecosystem.

Whether you're a curious arachnid enthusiast or simply seeking a bewitching Halloween experience, our Halloween Tea Time program at Butterfly Pavilion promises an unforgettable journey into the realm of arachnids. Come dressed in your favorite Halloween attire, and prepare to be both amazed and spooked!

Don't miss out on this eerie and educational celebration at the Butterfly Pavilion. Reserve your spot now for a tea time filled with chills, thrills, and a newfound appreciation for the fascinating world of Arachnids. Happy Halloween!

Inverta-brainiacs Trivia Night at Premium Outlets

Mark your calendars for a night of laughter, learning, and fun at Butterfly Pavilion’s Inverta-brainiacs Trivia Night.

Whether you're a seasoned trivia pro or a newcomer seeking an unforgettable experience, this event promises an evening that will leave you enlightened and inspired. Get ready to spread your wings of wisdom and let your knowledge soar!


Satire Brewing at Denver Premium Outlets

13801 Grant St.

Thornton, CO 80050

Macro Photography 2023

Whether you’re a paparazzi or can’t figure out your camera, phone, join expert photographer Bob Krugmire for hands-on instruction that will teach you to maximize the potential of your camera! Leave with better skills, knowledge, and tons of fantastic close-up shots.  Space is limited!  Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

Mastering Insect Pinning: The Art of Wing Spreading

Learn the delicate art of insect pinning in our hands-on workshop, "Mastering Insect Pinning: The Art of Wing Spreading." This workshop focuses on a fundamental aspect of insect preservation - the precise technique of spreading an insect's wings.

What you'll get:

- 1 large butterfly specimen to pin

- 1 take-home spreading board

* Because wing spreading is a time-consuming process, participants will not pin a finished product in this class but will be able to take their butterfly home to finish the process.*

Photo Hour

Relish a quiet hour of evening light/golden hour photography in the tropical rainforest after we close our doors to the public. Snap photos of beautiful butterflies and exotic tropical flowers in the evening light. Sessions are offered monthly and begin at 5:00pm.

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

If you are experiencing trouble with online registration, please email to sign up.

Pollinated and Pressed - Session 3: Floral Fantascience

Bring your pressed flowers (we can also provide some for you) and turn them into beautiful scientific art by mounting the flowers on herbarium paper and learning how to label the parts! Build your skills and make something beautiful!

Pricing details:

Non-member pricing for this class is $12/adult and $10/child and is for the class only and does not include admission to the exhibits. Group rate pricing is available for access to all exhibits. Pricing is listed separately below.

Sensory Friendly Afternoons at Butterfly Pavilion

Here at Butterfly Pavilion, we know that things can get pretty hectic with busy butterflies, bees and bodies buzzing around during the day. Join us for a low-sensory morning before we open to the public that meets the needs of families that need to experience the Pavilion in a different way. With natural lighting, quiet tones, and limited admission – this experience offers your little one an enjoyable, low-key experience just for them.

Each Sensory Friendly Afternoon offers guided interpretation in each exhibit, optional activity guides, and an interactive Storytime program.

Tarantula Shadow Box DIY Class

Create your very own spooky themed tarantula shadow box display. Shadow boxes are a beautiful way to display curiosities and elements found in nature. These displays require no maintenance.

In this class, each student will receive 1 pinned for-display tarantula, an 8x8 black shadow box frame, dried botanicals, dried moss, faux spider webbing, crystals, 1 bone of your choice (optional), and other decorating materials.

Welcome to the Underworld

Do you like getting your hands dirty? Are you interested in learning about life underground?

Here at the Butterfly Pavilion, we have the perfect program for you! Spend a morning discovering everything that lives beneath our feet including the creepy, the crawly, and the beautiful. Learn about what’s going on in the soil, and why a whole world we can’t see is so vital to our existence.

Pricing details:

Non-member pricing for this class is $12/adult and $10/child and is for the class only and does not include admission to the exhibits. Group rate pricing is available for access to all exhibits. Pricing is listed separately below.

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