Even the names are colorful: Monarchs, swallowtails, skippers, fritillaries, buckeyes, emperors, admirals and painted ladies. They are among the many butterflies found in New Jersey meadows and gardens each summer.
To learn more about these winged marvels, join New Jersey Conservation Foundation from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 31, for a guided Butterfly Walk along Patriots' Path at the Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 170 Longview Road in Chester Township.
Dr. Emile DeVito, staff biologist at New Jersey Conservation Foundation, will teach children and adults how to identify butterflies and share fun facts about these beautiful creatures. He will also offer tips on creating colorful gardens at home to attract butterflies.
The cost of the walk is $5 for adult members of New Jersey Conservation Foundation and $10 for non-members. Children are free. Advance reservations are required; contact Carol Banhart at 908-234-1225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Butterfly Walk is part of New Jersey Conservation Foundation's yearlong celebration of its 50 years of preserving land in the Garden State. In the mid-1960s, the Foundation was instrumental in creating Patriots' Path, a linear park that would traverse Morris County and connect with trails in neighboring counties.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private nonprofit whose mission is to preserve land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1960, the Foundation has protected more than 120,000 acres, or 187 square miles. For more information on programs and preserves, visit www.njconservation.org or call 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728). The Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Patriots' Path are part of the Morris County Parks System. For more information, go to www.morrisparks.net.