Family Programs

City Nature Challenge Bioblitz

Join Butterfly Pavilion to help scientists all over the world with the City Nature Challenge. The City Nature Challenge is a worldwide community science event where community members are encouraged to participate in a bioblitz by using the community science app iNaturalist. In doing so, you will help gather data on biodiversity, changes in the environment, and how different species have evolved and become more resilient to change. Cities compete among three different categories: most observations, most species identifications, and most people participating. On April 27th and 28th at 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m., join Butterfly Pavilion staff in our gardens to participate in the bioblitz to identify as many species as you can and make Denver the champions of the City Nature Challenge.

Tools Needed:  

Please download iNaturalist to your smart phone to participate  

Location:This program will take place outdoors in Butterfly Pavilion s gardens. 

Family Science Night

5:30 - 7:30pm

Experience Family Science Nights at Butterfly Pavilion for the unbeatable price of $5 per person! At these events, you can explore our exhibits after hours and enjoy self guided activities at themed stations scattered through the exhibits! As a bonus, upon completing all activities, each family member earns a special sticker and enjoys a 10% discount in our gift shop! Make your family nights memorable with our affordable and educational after-hours experience! Registration required!

January: Metamorphosis

February: What do invertebrate families look like?

March: Women in STEM!

April: Biomimicry

May: Spring

June: Pollinators

Mother's Day Paint, Plant, and Promenade!

Moms are an important part of life, and they deserve some extra appreciation, and pollinators do too! Mother's Day at Butterfly Pavilion is full of fun activities! Together with your kids you can create beautiful artwork inspired by spring and the new life that comes with it, and plant seeds that will grow into native pollinator hubs this summer. Then, follow our staff on a guided promenade through our gardens full of flowers. The perfect way to spend the morning as a family!

What to expect:

  • Paint flowers made from pinecones with local artist Dani Forsyth!
  • Plant native flower seeds that you can take home and plant in your yard!
  • Promenade through the gardens around Butterfly Pavilion to observe native pollinators!



  • Non-members: $35/adult; $20/child
  • Members: $30/adult; $18/child
  • Children under 2 years old are free!
  • All supplies included in price of program



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