1. Are tours of the Butterfly Show available?
  2. When are the tours available?
  3. What does a tour consist of?
  4. What is the benefit of booking a tour vs a self guided tour?
  5. How much do the tours cost?
  6. I have a large group or my school would like to send multiple classes.  What’s the maximum tour group size?
  7. Where are the tours and what about bus access and parking?

Tours are offered during the school week Monday, October 7th, 2019, through Friday, October 11th, 2019.

Please e-mail events.letstalkscience@gmail.com to book all tours.

Are tours of the Butterfly Show available?

Yes! The Department of Biology has partnered with Let’s Talk Science to offer tours to school or community groups who are interested in turning their visit to the Butterfly Show into an even more educational experience. Tours are available in English. We will do our best to arrange a tour in French upon request.

These tours are generally designed for class visits.  Our presentations can be made suitable for all ages and grades from JK through high school.  We do also offer adult oriented tours for educational institutions (e.g. adult ESL) or seniors’ residences and community programs.

When are the tours available?

Tours can be booked from Monday, October 7 2019 to Thursday, October 10 2019 between  9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tours last approximately one hour. Tours start every hour on the hour (last tour starts at 2 p.m.).

Due to the expected volume of visitors over the weekends, we CANNOT offer group tours on these days. Please do feel free to visit the show on these days, along with the live butterflies there are posters and displays of information, and the staff are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have during your visit.

Tour bookings open the first week of September for the October show. Please contact Let’s Talk Science to organize your tour. Contact Let’s Talk Science here.

Tours are booked on a first come, first served basis. We will make every effort to accommodate your group(s). By presenting either a range of possible times, or a ranked preference list, it is more likely that we will be able to book your tour immediately, thereby giving you the largest option for available tour. Evening tours are not available. The building closes at 4:00 p.m.

       

What does a tour consist of?

Tours are approximately one hour long.  Groups are greeted at the door and led to a classroom for a 25 minute talk on butterfly biology.

Following the talk, the groups are free to explore the greenhouses and interact with our butterflies.  The volunteers will stay available to the group for 30 minutes to answer any questions.

These talks are geared specifically towards the age of the participants.

The talks are performed by Let’s Talk Science volunteers, who are graduate and undergraduate students from Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

Tours are available in English. We will do our best to arrange a tour in French upon request.

What is the benefit of booking a tour vs a self guided tour?

We offer a tour to groups who are interested in turning their Butterfly Show visit into an even more educational experience. The beginning 25 minute presentation is geared specifically towards the age of the participates. The in-class component is mandatory when booking the tours. Unfortunately, we can not book tours for groups who would just like to see the butterflies in the greenhouse.

How much do the tours cost?

Both admission to the show and the tours are offered free of charge. We believe that this show should be accessible to everyone.

The tours are presented by Let’s Talk Science volunteers, and no charge is made to either the tour group or the university for this service.

The show is funded entirely by public donations.

Donations can be made:

  1. Online, using Carleton University’s secure FutureFunder platform
  2. In-person, with a cash/cheque donation in the main lobby of the Nesbitt Building during Butterfly Show hours

I have a large group or my school would like to send multiple classes.  What’s the maximum tour group size?

Due to the size of our teaching room and the capacity of our greenhouses, we must limit group sizes to 40 people.

Should your group be larger, or you would like to bring multiple classes, we will make every effort to book back-to-back tours.

This does mean that one group will start their tour while the other will be required to wait 60 minutes before beginning theirs.  We request that the second group not enter the greenhouses before their tour since other groups will be there for their tours.  Instead, the Nesbitt building is located on the riverfront with open park space – great for a class picnic, nature walk, or games.

Where are the tours and what about bus access and parking?

The butterfly show is held in the greenhouse of the Nesbitt Biology Building on Carleton University campus. Carleton is located between Bronson Ave. and Colonel By Dr, along the Rideau canal. The Nesbitt biology building is located at the south-east corner of campus, along the river. The lecture section of the tours are held in a conference room adjoining the greenhouses – your volunteer lecturers will meet you at the door and show your students the way.

There is a dedicated bus loading zone in front of the building for groups to disembark.  Free bus parking is available for the time while the group is in for the tour.  Details will be included in your tour registration.