Field Trips

Butterfly Wonderland is a unique, educational experience for any school group. There is so much to learn about nature that will fit in school lesson plans including the lifecycle of butterflies, desert inhabitants, spineless giants, bees, colorful fish of the Amazon and so much more!

Imagine wandering through a rainforest landscape with running waterfalls, exotic plants and flowers in bloom, and serene koi fish ponds while surrounded by thousands of the most beautiful species of butterflies in the world fluttering all around you.

Before entering the Butterfly Conservatory, students will also enjoy a specially-edited version of the 3D film “Flight of the Butterflies” in our state-of-the-art Theater and then stop at the Chrysalis Emergence Lab. After a visit to the Butterfly Conservatory where students can also visit our Honey Bee Exhibit, students will visit the Spineless Giants exhibit, and then the Rainforest Reptiles and Tropical Waters exhibit before exiting through the Butterfly Treasures gift shop.

Reserve your field trip at least two weeks in advance. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Education Department at (480) 800-3000, ext. 206. Your reservation is not final until you receive confirmation. Additional information will be sent to you in a confirmation email. If your school is a Title One, please inquire about a scholarship. Scholarships are limited and available upon request.

  • School Information

    Butterfly Wonderland is located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 800-3000 PAYMENT INFO: Please be aware there is a 7.95% tax. Forms of payment are cash, business check, credit card, and purchase order. No personal checks are accepted. We encourage school districts to pay via purchase order to receive an invoice. No refunds on overpayment will be given for dropped numbers the day of visit on pre-written district checks.
  • Contact Information

  • Field Trip Information

    Student ratio is one adult chaperone for every five students (1:5) for elementary and middle school. For high school, the ratio is one adult chaperone for every ten students (1:10). Discounted price for school tours is $10 per student; chaperones are no charge within the appropriate ratio. Additional adults/chaperones and bus drivers are discounted at $15 each. Regular tour days are Monday thru Friday. Please inquire about weekend and afternoon tours. Tours are self-guided, and last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Maximum group size is 100, including all chaperones. Preschools are considered a Homeschool (due to 1:1 ratio) and must fill out a Homeschool Form. Scouts and Summer Camps are considered a Group Tour and must fill out Group Reservation Form. Forms are available at www.butterflywonderland.com under Plan Your Event.
  • If # of students is larger than 60, please break the group into two time slots with 30 min. minimum between tours. (Note: We may be able to get groups in sooner)
  • If # of students is larger than 60, please break the group into two time slots with 30 min. minimum between tours. (Note: We may be able to get groups in sooner). Use this field for the second time.
  • Continue the Fun at Laser + Mirror Maze

    Optional: Special Field Trip Price at OdySea Mirror Maze for an additional rate. A tax rate of 7.95% applies. Separate payment must be made in cash or credit. Offer valid for groups of 30 or less on weekdays only. Same day admission to Butterfly Wonderland required.

Field Trip Forms and Curriculum

Field Trip Info Sheet

  • Planning your Field Trip
  • Day of Field Trip/Arrival
  • Chaperone Guidelines

Field Trip Checklist

  • Checklist

Bus Parking

Student Lunch Order Form

  • Lunch Options

Outreach Reservation

  • Outreach Reservation

Interpreting the Standards

  • Arizona State Science Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Arizona Common Core Standards – English Language Arts

Using the Standards

  • Arizona State Science Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (Released April 2013)
  • Arizona Common Core Standards – English Language Arts (September 2012)
  • Lesson Design for Butterfly Wonderland (July 2013)

Flight of the Butterflies Educator Guide

  • Welcome to the Fascinating World of the Monarch Butterfly!

Butterfly Wonderland Curriculum designed by Linda Hoyer

  • Meet the Curriculum Design Team

Rainforest Reptile Curriculum Contents

Color by Number

Butterfly Maze

Butterfly Stamping

Monarch or Mimic

Plants for Butterflies

The Flight of the Butterflies Quiz

Butterfly, Butterfly, Butterfly
Content: Butterflies and Life Cycle

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge regarding the basic characteristics of a butterfly.
  • Students will demonstrate a basic knowledge of the life cycle of a butterfly.

Honeybees
Content: Honey Bees

  • Students will be able to identify the three body parts of a honeybee, understand the importance of bees in the environment and express a general knowledge of the lifecycle and characteristics of bees.

Is That a Bug?
Content: Desert Insects

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the basic characteristics of an insect. Students will be able to identify some insects that exist in the local desert environment.

Fish N’ Fun
Content: Fish

  • Students will identify the characteristics of fish and the general environment in which they live.

What’s In The Rainforest?
Extra Lesson: Amazon Rainforest Life

  • Students will be able to identify plants and animals in the Amazon Rainforest environment and understand their relationship to one another.

Rainforest Reptiles Run, crawl, swim and climb Pre K-K

Rainforest Reptiles Who Lives in the Rainforest Pre K-K

Beautiful Butterflies
Content: Butterflies and Life Cycle

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the basic anatomy and function of the butterfly.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the habitat of butterflies and moths.
  • Students will be able to label and explain the life cycle of the butterfly.

A Bee’s Life
Content: Honey Bees and Life Cycle

  • Students will identify the form and function of a honeybee, understand the importance of bees in the environment and express a general knowledge of the life-cycle and behaviors of bees.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the contributions honeybees make to the environment.

Insect, Who Lives in the Desert?
Content: Desert Insects and arachnids

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of living things, their structure, function and life cycle. Students will identify some insects/spiders that exist in the local environment.

The Amazing Amazon 1-2
Content: Amazon Rainforest

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of how animals and plants in a habitat are interdependent. Students will demonstrate knowledge of animals in the Amazon Rainforest and their structure and function.

Rainforest Reptiles What are you, a reptile or amphibian 1-2

Rainforest Reptiles Who’s hiding in the Rainforest 1-2

Chrysalis, Caterpillar, and Butterfly
Content: Butterflies and Life Cycle

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge regarding the physical and behavioral characteristics of the butterfly.
  • Students will describe the manner in which butterflies modify their behavior in a new habitat.
  • Students will analyze the anatomical similarities and differences between butterflies and other insects.

The Amazon, a Tropical Rainforest
Content: Amazon Rainforest Life

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of relationships among various organisms in an ecosystem.
  • Students will demonstrate a general knowledge of the plant cycle as it relates to the decomposition of matter on the rainforest floor.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of conservation and the interactions between human populations, natural resources, and the environment.

The Amazon River Experience
Content: Fish and Stingrays – Amazon River

  • The students will demonstrate an understanding of the location and impact of the Amazon River and the surrounding environment.
  • The students will evaluate environmental occurrences along the Amazon River and possible solutions to protecting the wildlife of the region.
  • Students will be able to identify several species of aquatic life in the Amazon River.

Desert Creatures
Content: Desert Insects and Arachnids

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of specific living things, their structure, function and life cycle. Students will identify how specific desert creatures exist and impact their environment.

Rainforest Reptiles A Walk throughout the Rainforest 3-5

Rainforest Reptiles Lizards, snakes and frogs, oh my! 3-5

The Magic Chrysalis
Content: Butterflies, Moths and Life Cycle

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge regarding the physical and behavioral characteristics of the butterfly as they relate to form and function.
  • Students will understand the ability that butterflies have to maintain survival in the environment.

The Living Desert 6-8
Content: Desert Insects and Arachnids

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of specific living organisms in the environment and how their structure and function contribute to survival. Students will describe how specific desert creatures adapt to and impact the local ecosystem by using observation, prediction, and application.

Amazon Aquatic Life
Content: Fish and Stingrays – Amazon River

  • The students will demonstrate an understanding of the interactions between populations or species and their natural habitat.
  • The students will evaluate the environmental benefits of the biological organisms in an ecosystem.
  • Students will compare and contrast the interdependent and competitive relationships in organisms within an ecosystem.

The Balance of Nature
Content: Desert Ecosystem

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of specific living organisms in the environment and how their structure and function contribute to survival. Students will describe how specific desert creatures adapt to and impact the local ecosystem by using observation, prediction, and application.

Honeybees
Content: Honey Bees and Life Cycle

  • Students will understand the characteristics of honeybees and the relationship to the environment.
  • Students will be able to identify the parts of the bee, life cycle, and organization of the bee colony.

A Walk Through the Rainforest
Extra Lesson: Rainforest Layers and Ecosystem.

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of relationships among various organisms in an ecosystem.
  • Students will demonstrate a general knowledge of the structure and function of plants in a rainforest ecosystem.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the potential risks in climate changes related to the rainforest and determine possible solutions.

Rainforest Reptiles Rainforest Life 6-8

Rainforest Reptiles Reptiles and Amphibians 6-8

The Mystery of Butterflies
Content: Butterflies, Sustainable Farming, and Atrium

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge regarding the physical and behavioral characteristics of the butterfly as it relates to biodiversity and the natural environment.
  • Students will understand sustainable farming and the relationship to butterfly farming.
  • Students will be able to compare and contrast butterflies and moths.

The Amazon Rainforest Experience
Content: Amazon Rainforest and Conservation

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the interdependence of organisms with the environment.
  • Students will demonstrate a general knowledge of energy flow in an ecosystem.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of conservation, urban development, populations, climate change and natural resources in the rainforest environment.