Butterfly Course Schedule


Thursday, June 27:

6:00-7:00 pm: Check in to the Ohio Star Retreat Center – Participants can check into their rooms and relax a short while before the evening program, take the opportunity to meet your colleagues and leaders for the weekend.

7:15 pm: Introduction to the butterfly groups and families – Our leader, John Howard, will help sharpen our focus on the groups and families of butterflies we will encounter in the field on Friday, Saturday, and if you choose, Sunday as well. The discussion includes morphology, life histories, phenology, and more.


Friday, June 28:

7:30 AM: Breakfast

All day: Field trips to Kamama Prairie Preserve, Adams Lake State Park, and Adams County roadsides, an area regionally famous for its quantity and variety of butterflies. Lunch will be packed and carried into the field.

6:00 pm: Dinner at the Ohio Star Retreat Center

Evening Program: After dinner our leader John Howard will treat us to an evening program uncovering the beauty and variety to be discovered in night flying moths and insects. Weather permitting, we will be able to get a bird’s eye view of these night flying pollinators.


Saturday, June 29:

7:30 AM: Breakfast

All Day: Under the patient guidance of leader John Howard registrants will participate in a North American Butterfly Association (NABA) butterfly count. Utilizing the tools and knowledge garnered in the field on Friday hone those skills and help gather important data used to monitor the health of our lepidopteran friends. Lunch will be packed and carried into the field.

6:00 PM:  Supper at Ohio Star Retreat Center

After dinner registrants have the option of returning home or staying one more night. Those who opt to stay for Sunday will be participating in a second NABA Butterfly count. See Sunday, June 30 for details.

 Sunday, June 30 (Optional and on your own):

7:30 AM: Breakfast (Provided by Ohio Star Retreat Center). 

9:30 AM: Join Shawnee State Park Naturalist Jenny Richards and fellow lepidoptera enthusiasts  for a second NABA butterfly count hosted by the Shawnee Nature Club. Meet at the Shawnee State Park Lodge parking lot.


Giant Swallowtail Larvae. Photo by Tom Croce.
Painted Lady. Photo by John Howard.