Butterfly Network Field Trips 

Want to learn more about butterflies but can't commit to the entire monitoring season? Below is our list of 2018 field trips that provide exciting opportunities to observe butterflies throughout the state! These trips are open to everyone. Pre-registration requried. 

Hidden Pond Preserve

Hidden Pond Preserve, managed by the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, is a 67 acre 8-5-2011-7-57-13-AM-10861565natural area in Barry County comprised of deciduous forest, restored prairie and wetlands. Join Michigan Butterfly Network staff on June 27th at 1:00pm as we explore this area and observe the butterflies that call this preserve home. Additional preserve information can be found here


Directions from Kalamazoo: Go north to Delton. Immediately north of Delton, turn west onto Stevens Rd., which turns into Miller Rd. Follow Miller Rd. as it winds west and then north, ending in about 2 miles at Guernsey Lake Rd. Take a short jog east onto Guernsey Lake Rd, then turn north onto Otis Lake Rd. Follow Otis Lake Rd. for about 3.4 miles (the road will turn into a dirt road at 2 miles); the preserve will be on the west side of the road. If you get to Sager Rd., you’ve gone too far.

We will gather in the gravel parking area before we head out on the trail. 

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 Michigan Butterfly Network staff on July 11 at 1:00pm as we explore and observe the butterfly species that inhabit this magnificent preserve.


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. 

Willard Rose Prairie

Willard Rose Prairie, managed by the Kalamazoo Nature Center, is a 140-acre restored prairieIMGP0017_2 located in northern Kalamazoo County. Join Michigan Butterfly Network staff on August 2nd at 3:00pm as we explore and observe the multitude of butterflies that inhabit this area. 


Meet at the Willard Rose Praire parking lot. This is a small dirt lot located approximately 1 mile south of the main Kalamazoo Nature Center entrance (7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009) on the East side of the road with a large sign that reads Tallgrass Praire. You are welcome to park in the grassy area directly across the road as well. 

Be prepared for a full sun hike. Bring water, a hat, and sunscreen.