CHESTER TWP. – Two free butterfly walks will be offered to the community as part of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation's Coffee & Conservation series. 

The walks will take place on Friday July 26 and Friday August 16 at the Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center at 170 Longview Road. The walks begin at 9:30 a.m. with hot or iced coffee provided by Black River Roasters and a brief discussion about species that may be spotted.

The group will then take a leisurely stroll through the meadows of Bamboo Brook with experts from the North American Butterfly Association to admire the beauty of New Jersey’s butterflies in mid-summer. Among the butterfly species that have been spotted on previous walks are monarchs, eastern tiger swallowtails, coral hairstreaks, great spangled fritillaries, summer azures, little wood-satyrs and silver-spotted skippers.

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Coffee & Conservation events are free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested for planning purposes. To register online, go to New Jersey Conservation’s events calendar at https://www.njconservation.org/events/.

Walks are held rain or shine, but may be cancelled in the event of heavy rain or lightning.

To learn more about the butterfly and bird walks, contact Bill Lynch at blynch@njconservation.org or 908-997-0725.

Bamboo Brook, owned by the Morris County Parks System and home to New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s main office, is 100-acre park with a mix of wooded trails and open meadows