Pollinator Protector

by  Butterfly Pavilion

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Through exploration of invertebrates around the world, students discover pollination partnerships, identify how human action affects these partnerships and lead discussions on how to make sure we leave a positive impact on the world. With guidance from pollination experts, learn how, through citizen science, anyone can become a pollinator protector!

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About This Program


Point to Point: $100.00


45 minutes, plus 15 minutes connection time

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Once a reservation is confirmed, we depend on your group's attendance. A $50 processing fee is assessed for any of the following: cancellation or date change within 15 DAYS of the reserved date or no show.

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Butterfly Pavilion

Westminster, CO
United States

At Butterfly Pavilion, we transform the way people think about invertebrates. These small but mighty animals that surround us are so much more than people think. They are everywhere, because everything depends on them. They are the hidden heroes of the animal kingdom, and we--you and us--stand on the backs of these tiny giants. 

Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world and a leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection. Our virtual programs feature interactive, real-time lessons on-screen facilitated by a Butterfly Pavilion educator, live on-screen animal experiences and/or exploration of real-world conservation topics and curriculum-aligned content that uses visual and audio media to illustrate science concepts.

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Program Details


1) Students will learn about different pollinators and pollination
2) Students will learn what kinds of flowers these pollinators are attracted to and how they pollinate them
3) Using identifiers discussed while learning about pollinators, student will complete a butterfly and moth identification activity
4) We will discuss the importance of pollinators and how humans can help protect them through community science programs, gardening, and more!

Middle and High School:
1) Students will learn about pollination, pollinators, and flower anatomy
2) We will explore pollination in more depth by discussing: Self-pollination vs cross pollination, pollinator syndrome, and specific pollinator partnerships around the world
3) They will complete an activity identifying what pollinator would be attracted to specific plants
4) We will discuss the pre-program activity and discuss ways that they can help protect local pollinators through community science programs, gardening, and more!


Students will know that pollinators are extremely important, are in trouble, and why.

Students will be able to identify things in their everyday life to help and support pollinators and their habitats.

Students will feel empowered that they can make choices and take actions to help their local ecosystem.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS3C 3-5 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3C 6-8 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3C 9-12 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
ESS3C K-2 -- Human impacts on Earth systems
LS1A 3-5 -- Structure and function
LS1A K-2 -- Structure and function
LS1B 6-8 -- Growth and development of organisms
LS2A 3-5 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2A 6-8 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2A 9-12 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems
LS2A K-2 -- Interdependent relationships in ecosystems

State Standards

Colorado Science Content Standards

SC.K.2.1 To live and grow, animals obtain food they need from plants or other animals, and plants need water and light.

SC.K.3.1 Patterns are observed when measuring the local weather, including how humans and other organisms impact their environment.

SC.K.3.2 Plants and animals meet their needs in their habitats and impact one another; people can prepare for severe weather.

SC.1.2.1 All organisms have external parts that they use to perform daily functions.

SC.2.2.1 Plants depend on water and light to grow and on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around.

SC.2.2.2 A range of different organisms lives in different places.

SC.3.2.2 Being part of a group helps animals obtain food, defend themselves and cope with changes.

SC.3.2.3 Different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited information; the environment also affects the traits that an organism develops.

SC.4.2.1 Organisms have both internal and external structures that serve various functions.

SC.4.3.4 Energy and fuels that humans use are derived from natural sources and their use affects the environment in multiple ways