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The Butterfly Pavilion
March 7, 2011

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.

The Great!

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am a Butterfly Specialist volunteer.