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Butterflies & Flutterbies

Dates:September 28, 2024
Meets:Sa from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Location:Cades Cove
Cost: $79.00

There are still openings remaining at this time.


Monarchs are an iconic American butterfly known the world over as the only butterfly that makes a true migration in the fall. And this migration occurs only in North America where the butterfly can travel over 2,000 miles to its winter destination. But as the media have been reporting, this natural event is considered endangered. This course will share detailed information about the monarch butterfly, its life cycle, migration, and when monarchs are expected to be seen in the Smoky Mountains. We'll spend time in the field chasing monarchs while learning to identify family groups of butterflies that we find in Cades Cove. You'll also learn about a number of citizen science projects you can join here in the Smokies or from your own home. Bring field guides, lunch, plenty to drink, and a large hooped butterfly net if you own one!

You must be 18 or older to register for and attend a Smoky Mountain Field School course.

Note: Participants are required to sign an electronic release and assumption of risk form before attending this course.


Meet at the entrance to Cades Cove at the Orientation Shelter.
Fee: $79.00

Cades Cove

Wanda DeWaard

Smoky Mountain Field School instructor Wanda DeWaard is an experienced outdoor educator, sharing Earth Kinship with community groups, colleges, camps, nature centers, and teacher conferences since 1974.


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