Butterflies at The Gardens

Butterfly Pavilion & The Gardens join to build permanent house

The City of Fort Collins, the Gardens on Spring Creek, 2145 Centre Avenue, and Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Avenue, Westminster, together announce a newly formed partnership to build and operate a permanent North American butterfly house in Fort Collins. This partnership marks the first of its kind in northern Colorado.

The permanent butterfly house will be part of the Visitor’s Center completion and will reside at the Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins. The house will be operated jointly by Butterfly Pavilion and Gardens on Spring Creek. The 1,700 square foot conservatory will house up to 400 free-flying North American butterflies with thousands of blooming flowers. The butterfly house plans to open to the public in 2019.

The Visitor’s Center completion project at The Gardens, which includes the butterfly house, will receive $2 million from the Community Capital Improvement Program, which voters resoundingly passed in 2015. The total project cost of the Visitor’s Center completion, which includes a conservatory and butterfly house, is $3 million. Of this total, $1 million remains to be raised.

“This is a monumental day for the Gardens on Spring Creek. We have been working together with Butterfly Pavilion for over two years, and this signing today will directly amplify our mission to enrich the lives of people while fostering environmental stewardship through horticulture,” said Michelle Provaznik, Executive Director, Gardens on Spring Creek.

“Butterfly Pavilion creates one of a kind, irreplaceable experiences for our visitors. We make memories that last a lifetime, and provide opportunities for every guest to make an intimate connection with our natural world. We are thrilled to be expanding our efforts in northern Colorado with Gardens on Spring Creek,” said Patrick Tennyson, President and CEO, Butterfly Pavilion. “Michelle and her team do amazing work, and it’s a privilege to be teaming up with them.”

In addition to the butterfly house, the Visitor’s Center completion in 2019 includes a conservatory (year-round green space), expanded community meeting room, offices, and a larger visitor-friendly lobby.

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