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Tarantula Encounter

Presented by Butterfly Pavilion

with expert instructor Calais Thomas

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About Butterfly Pavilion

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. Whether it is providing unique, hands-on learning experiences through its exhibits and educational programs, conducting new research that sets the standard for zoos across the country, or building innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries around the world, Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future.

About the class

It's the spookiest time of the year, and we're celebrating by learning about one of nature's most daunting creatures — the tarantula! But does this incredible arachnid deserve its fearsome reputation? Butterfly Pavilion will help us find out as we explore different tarantula species and their fascinating adaptations in this hair-raising class. We'll even meet a live tarantula!

Meet your instructor, Calais.

Calais Thomas has been educating herself and others about animals for the past eight years. She has worked with animals ranging from elephants to snails and anything in between! At Butterfly Pavilion, her work in developing and leading programs onsite and virtually connects all ages to invertebrate animals.


October 27
Wednesday @ 6:00 PM-6:45 PM EDT
1 x 45min session (45 minutes)
All ages welcome
(Best for grades 1-5)

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