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Butterfly and Pollinator Discovery Walk

July 22, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Event Details

This event is FULL.

Please email Sara Norman if you would like to be placed on a waiting list:  sara@landmarkwi.org

Join us to explore the beautiful world of butterflies and other grassland insects! Take a walk through a reconstructed prairie that provides prime habitat for a diverse mix of insects with Dr. Paula Kleintjes Neff, and Beaver Creek Reserve naturalists Jim Schwiebert and Megan Giefer as your guides. Use butterfly nets and observe them up close before releasing them.

Learn about host and nectar plants. Hear about the challenges pollinator populations are facing, and how land protection and prairie management can be part of the solution.

Man and woman in field with a butterfly net

After our time exploring the prairie, head to Beaver Creek Reserve, a 7-mile drive. Bring a bag lunch and we will eat at the picnic tables there. After lunch, get a private tour of the Caterpillar Lab, usually not open to the public, to observe monarchs in several stages of life! The Butterfly House will also be open to extend your visit.

Trip Itinerary: (all times are approximate)

  • Prairie & Butterfly Hike: 1 hour
  • Travel to Beaver Creek Reserve: 15 min
  • Lunch (bring your own): 30 min
  • Caterpillar Lab Tour: 20 min
  • Butterfly House: 20 min
Man holding net container with butterflies

Hike Details: This will be an easy walk through a relatively flat prairie on a mowed trail. Approximate distance: less than 1 mile.

Location: The prairie walk will take place at a private property in eastern Eau Claire County that is protected through a conservation easement with Landmark Conservancy and owned by Beaver Creek Reserve. The exact location will be provided during registration. Participants will drive to Beaver Creek Reserve to finish the field trip.

Parking: Limited to roadside parking at the meeting location. Beaver Creek Reserve has a parking lot for the second part of the trip.

What to Bring: Please wear comfortable shoes, dress appropriately for the weather and wear layers. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, water, and a bag lunch. We will be in a prairie with little opportunity for shade.

Additional Information: No restroom facilities are available at the prairie location, except the great outdoors. Restrooms are available at the Beaver Creek Reserve for the second part of the trip. No dogs please.

Capacity: 20-25 – This event is FULL. Please email Sara Norman if you would like to be placed on a waiting list: sara@landmarkwi.org

Registration: Free to register. $5/person admission fee to be paid upon arrival at Beaver Creek Reserve.


July 22, 2022
11:00 am - 1:30 pm