Hoffmaster State Park - Attracting Butterflies with Native Plants

Date:  June 08, 2019  
Time:  09:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Location: Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center, Hoffmaster State Park, 6585 Lake Harbor Road Muskegon MI, 49441
Contact: Gillette Visitor Center, 231-798-3573

black butterfly with orange and white markings on yellow flower

This class will cover the basics of butterfly identification, butterfly life cycles, butterfly habitat needs, the advantages of using native plants in the home landscape, how to use native plants to attract butterflies and other pollinators, how to start your own butterfly/pollinator garden and the top ten nectar/larval plants for butterflies. Presenters Craig Elston of CDE Nature and DNR park naturalist Elizabeth Tillman will use two native plantings in the park to illustrate all program topics covered. This program will include an indoor presentation and two outdoor sessions in native plantings that will give participants an opportunity to view butterflies, other insects and birds.

Participants may arrive at 8:30 to sign in, receive packets and enjoy tea, coffee and light breakfast options.

Lunch is provided and will be served at 11:30 a.m. All participants will receive a field guide and other native plant gardening materials.

Cost is $50, which includes all materials and lunch.

Register for Attracting Butterflies with Native Plants.

Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, a camera and a notepad. Layered clothing is recommended.

A Recreation Passport is required for entry into Hoffmaster State Park.

For more information contact the Gillette Visitor Center at 231-798-3573 or email Brockwell-Tillmane@michigan.gov.

Please note, cancellations must be made by May 28 to guarantee a full refund.

This class is part of the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Skills Academy, which offers in-depth, expert instruction, gear and hands-on learning for a range of outdoor activities at locations around the state. Learn more at Michigan.gov/OutdoorSkills.