San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Explore the butterflies of Cascade Canyon, a lush preserve tucked into the hills above Fairfax, and one of the gems of the Marin County Open Space System. Its 500 acres has some of the most pristine habitat in the Corte Madera Creek watershed. From swallowtails to checkerspots and blues, we will search for a variety of species and observe behaviors like puddling, nectaring, and maybe even egg laying. We’ll also take time to learn to recognize various host plants like California pipevine, ocean spray, sticky monkeyflower and purple needle grass as well as favorite nectar plants including yerba santa, blue dicks, and buckeye. This class is excellent preparation for the North American Butterfly Association annual butterfly count in June, the butterfly community’s equivalent of the Christmas Bird Count. Also open to youth (age 10-17) with parent attendance.
When & Where
Point Reyes Field Institute
We are the primary nonprofit park partner of the National Park Service at Point Reyes. With community support we are helping to fund and implement resource preservation projects within the park, while also providing people a way to explore, discover and connect with the natural world through our environmental education programs.