Butterfly Network Field Trips 

Want to learn more about butterflies but can't commit to the entire monitoring season? Below is our list of 2020 field trips that provide exciting opportunities to observe butterflies throughout the state! These trips are open to everyone. Pre-registration requried. 

Leonard Preserve

The Leonard Preserve is the largest unit in Washtenaw County's Natural Areas Preservation Program. It is spread over 259 acres and includes rolling hills, woodlands, wetlands, former pasture land and prairie and oak savanna.

Join us on a guided butterfly hike at Leonard Preserve on Wednesday, July 1st from 12:30-3:00pm. 

Directions: From I-94: Exit #159 (M-52), southbound.  Take M-52 approximately 10.5 miles, turn right onto Main Street.  Turn right on Union Street. The preserve entrance is at the end of Union Street, off Main Street/Austin Road in the Village of Manchester (west of the Manchester downtown area).  Head north on Union Street, when the street bears left and turns to gravel you will see the preserve entry sign. Keep going, parking area on the right.

Lost Nation State Game Area

Lost Nation State Game Area is a 1,471 acre area of public land in Hillsdale County, Michigan composed of several different habitats including prairie fen, woodland, lakes, streams, and ponds. P1000353-Baltimore Checkerspot-Ventral

Join us on a guided butterfly hike on Sunday, July 12 from 12:30pm-3:00pm. \

Directions from Kalamazoo: Follow I-94 East, take exit 108 toward Fort Wayne. Merge onto I-69 South. Take exit 16 for Jonesville Road in Branch County. Turn left onto Jonesville Road. Follow Jonesville Road to Murphy Street. Turn right onto Murphy Street. Continue onto Reading Avenue. Turn right onto M-99S/Olds Street. Turn right onto M-99S/Broad Street. Continue onto M-34 E. Turn right onto Bird Lake Road S. Bird Lake Road S. will curve to the left (east). Go straight onto Trail Rd. instead of following Bird Lake Road S. as it curves back to the right (south). Trail Rd. is a dead end dirt road, there will be a house on the left. Trail Rd. dead ends into the parking area where we will meet.

Chipman Preserve


Chipman Preserve is a 228-acre natural area managed by the Southwest Michigan Land IMG_20170729_121254Conservancy. This preserve consists of rolling savanna, forest, and grassland habitats and is home to a variety of wildlife species including some state-listed plants.

Join us for a guided butterfly hike on Wednesday, August 12th from 1:30-4:30pm. We will convene at the Preserve's gravel parking lot. 

Directions: Chipman Preserve is in the 8000 block of East Main St., 3 miles east of Sprinkle Rd. between 30th and 33rd Streets in Comstock Township (Galesburg). The preserve entrance is on the north side of the street.