Butterfly Walks

Butterfly Walks will return Spring of 2022! Dates and locations will be posted on our Calendar.

Annual Brown Elfin Walk 2019

We conduct butterfly walks during the season from March through October of each year. The walks are held at state parks, nature preserves, and botanical gardens within the Piedmont. Walks range from one to four hours in duration, canvassing multiple miles across natural terrain or trails.

Participating in a walk is an excellent opportunity for exercise, development of butterfly and plant identification skills, photography, and citizen science. The walk leader keeps track of all butterfly sightings and reports them to either the state or a national sightings database.

Butterfly Walk Preparedness

When you join us for a walk we want you to have an enjoyable experience! We have found that the following items are an essential part of a butterfliers accoutrements. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, needs, or special considerations you may have before joining us on a walk.


We do our best to provide information about the accessibility and accommodations for each walk location. If you have special needs please let us know how we can help!


Binoculars are optional equipment for a butterflier. We recommend buying a pair designed specifically for viewing butterflies.


A camera is a great way to help you develop your ID skills, or to help get a positive ID from an expert. Plus you never know what interest things you’ll see on a walk!

Bug Spray

It is highly recommended that you use tick and mosquito repellent containing at least 40+% DEET.

Cell Phone

Useful to have in case you need to contact the walk leader for directions, travel delays, and more.

Clothing & Shoes

Standard butterflyer attire is sturdy or hiking shoes, long pans, long sleeves, and a hat. It’s up to you if you want to dress for comfort or for safety.

Food & Drink

We provide information about food and services near walk locations. However, we recommend that you always bring water and snacks to have during a walk, especially during the summer when heat indexes are over 100F.


Please register for any walk you plan to attend. The walk leader needs to know you are coming so they can provide you with updates about any changes in scheduling. Please cancel your registration if you cannot attend.


You are responsible for your own transportation to the walk location. If you would prefer to carpool, please contact us.

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