The Butterfly Pavilion

Rating: 5 stars   8 reviews

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Location: 6252 West 104th Avenue Westminster CO 80020 USA

Mission: The mission of the Butterfly Pavilion is to foster an appreciation of butterflies and other invertebrates while educating the public about the need for conservation of threatened habitats in the tropics and around the world. Vision The vision of the Butterfly Pavilion is to be the premier invertebrate education center in the nation.
Target demographics: The Butterfly Pavilion offers hands-on experiences for visitors of all ages, and has educational offerings for children and adults.
Geographic areas served: Denver, Colorado metropolitan area

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Rating: 5 stars  

Visited with my daughter and mother - the butterflies were out in force! Saw more variety and activity than any other butterfly exhibit I've visited. Great place with a great mission.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My visit

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expansion of the secondary - read, non-butterfly exhibits. We made a donation to help pave the way.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a recent volunteer at the Butterfly Pavilion, I am impressed by the facility, the staff and especially the goals of the organization-to educate the public about invertebrates, especially butterflies, but also the foster an understanding of what the rain forest does for us and how to preserve it. It does this by buying butterfly pupa from many butterfly farms around the world, thereby preventing the rain forest from being destroyed and it presents special exhibits teaching sustainability and how to prevent destruction of the rain forests. I am so impressed by this organization, that after a shift I feel that I should be paying for the privilege of being a volunteer there

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping me to understand how the rain forest affects the world.

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This organization is perfect.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The Butterfly Pavilion is a great place. The facility is clean, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and all of the creatures are obviously well cared for. You really leave with a greater understanding of wildlife that isn't indigenous to Colorado. I personally do not have any young children but when I visit I can tell that they really focus on making it fun for the kids. As we all know if you make learning fun it comes easy.

Also, if you visit you must have Rosie say hello. She's cute (even if she has eight legs and is hairy).

Enjoy!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In my many visits to the facility

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Other than it becoming larger and offering more, nothing. It is great as it is.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer I can give my time where ever I want. I WANT to give it to the Butterfly Pavilion. The entire place is a celebration of life. Personally I love the butterfly room. The butterflies with their God given grace and beauty in so fragile a life is wonderous. I love watching the faces of parents watching the faces of their children go wide eyed in wonder. All life is precious. Yes, even the spiders, which I admire and respect from a distance. The Butterfly Pavilion supports, in our little corner of the world, the adage that we all need to do the best we can to preserve life no matter how small and fragile.

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In watching the faces of visitors as they encounter and share life with the most fragile of creatures, I see that this place, the Butterfly Pavilion is important in our life's journey on the very fragile blue planet.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would suggest that the physical grounds be updated a bit to be more inviting. And that the staff become aware of the great gift they have of working in this wonderful place.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a biology/life science teacher in the Jefferson County (Colorado) Public Schools for 33 years and so have had lots of experience with young people. In the Fall of 1997, the year that I retired from Jeffco, I began volunteering at the Butterfly Pavilion and have absolutely loved every minute of this experience. The entire staff is wonderful and the relationship between staff and volunteers cannot be any better than it is. The staff and the volunteers are constantly striving to make the experience for both adults and children at the Butterfly Pavilion one of highest quality. I highly recommend this facility as a Green Choice for people of all ages!

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I have personally experienced, and continue to experience, the goals and ideals of the Butterfly Pavilion every time that I look into the bright eyes, full of excitement, of people at the Water's Edge tidepools, in the Conservatory or in the Crawl - A - See - um where they are anxious to hold Rosie.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the Rainforest Conservatory, using the plans that have already been developed. It is my wish that a corporation will make funds available to the Butterfly Pavilion so that a new and improved Rainforest Conservatory habitat for the butterflies can be built.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I live in Westminster and had tried a couple of organizations to volunteer prior to becoming settled at the Butterfly Pavilion. What makes the Butterfly Pavilion special is their exceptional staff and volunteer training programs. Throughout the year classes are offered to deepen and enrich our knowledge base to share with visitors. Staff are always on hand to answer our questions. For me, I just love spending time in the Conservatory enjoying the butterflies and flowers and foliage. I often see visitors entranced with the experience, just sitting and taking it all in. I like to share our conservation message by showing the visitors our many tropical products and relating how they are raised sustainably.

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The wonder and excitment of our young visitors as they watch the butterflies and relate their own butterfly stories, their curiosity when seeing camoflaged insects and exotic plants. I personally just think it's fun to go to volunteer there every day with the fun and engaged staff and volunteers. I think it's wonderful that volunteers of all ages and abilities can feel useful here.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We could make great use of more space in the Conservatory and for Programs. We could make great use of more funding from SCFD or other sources as our great staff are very, very busy!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love volunteering for the Butterfly Pavilion! I think the staff is wonderful. They are kind, considerate, and flexible towards the needs of their volunteers!

When I first started volunteering in the office there, I felt welcomed by all of the staff and they are always willing to help me with questions or problems that I may have with a tasks that I am trying to complete.

This organization has a strong volunteer program because volunteers can use their skills in a variety of ways such as being trained to work with most of the animals there and to work in the administration office. This is where some of the flexibility comes in.

These are the reasons why I like volunteering for the Butterfly Pavilion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen a growth in my office skills since I have been volunteering there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make any right now.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

My family and I adore the butterfly pavilion, both for what they provide to us as visitors and to the world through their support of sustainable business practices. How marvelous to see their butterflies, and know that having them here helps ensure they can continue to live in their native habitats as well!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Educating the public about the role that invertebrates play in our world, and how preserving their habitats helps preserve our own.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more space, which would allow them to provide even more educational exhibits!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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