Butterfly Programs

Butterfly Foray and Monarch Tagging at Seven Islands State Birding Park

Enjoy the wonder and beauty of flying flowers as we search the park for monarchs and other butterflies. To help scientists understand the monarch migration, we’ll put special tags on the monarchs we’re able to catch. Kids of all ages are welcome. We’ll start at 1:00pm with a brief explanation of the monarch migration and its importance. We’ll take a short hike (1-2 miles) through the park to find butterflies and tag as many monarchs as we can. Butterfly nets will be provided, but if you have your own, feel free to bring it. Please note that monarch populations and migration patterns vary. On any day we could see many, few or none. No matter how many we see, we’ll learn about why monarchs and other butterflies are fascinating, their importance and how we can help them. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Location: Seven Islands State Birding Park
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
2019 Dates: Saturdays:
September 14 (Full)
September 21 (Full)
September 28 (Full)
October 5 (Full)
October 12 (Full)
October 19 (Full)
Fee: $5 per person
Ages: All, but need to be able to walk 2 miles on trails.

Advance Registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration Closed

For more information or questions, email Steve McGaffin at smcgaffin@zooknoxville.org.

Proceeds support Tennessee Butterfly Monitoring Network, a research and conservation project of Zoo Knoxville, and Friends of Seven Islands State Birding Park.


Tennessee Butterfly Monitoring Network

TBMN is a citizen science program of Zoo Knoxville to monitor butterfly population trends on managed lands across Tennessee. We strive to connect butterfly enthusiasts with public lands, help land owners manage their properties for the benefit of pollinators and inspire the public to enjoy and protect butterflies and other pollinators.

Trained volunteers adopt a 1 – 2 mile route that they monitor at least once every two weeks from mid-April to the end of July, identifying every butterfly they see to the best of their ability. To learn more about volunteering, email Steve McGaffin at smcgaffin@zooknoxville.org.

You can also follow us on Facebook at: TBMN.ORG