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Hoffmaster State Park - Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Beneficial Insects

Monarch butterfly on white wildflowers

Hoffmaster State Park - Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Beneficial Insects

2022-09-17T13:00:00Z 2022-09-17T16:00:00Z Hoffmaster State Park - Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Beneficial Insects

Have you always wanted to attract more butterflies, other beneficial insects and birds to your yard but don’t know where to start? We’ll cover the basics, including common pollinators and their needs, site selection, plant selection, nonfood design elements and best practices for seasonal garden cleanup.

Although we will focus on native plants, we will also highlight annuals that will add color and can be beneficial to butterflies, insects and birds. All participants will receive a pollinator packet with pamphlets from Michigan Audubon, a native plant grower’s list, plant lists and other references.  The class will include a tour of the Gillette Visitor Center butterfly garden to look at native plants that successfully draw wildlife.

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

Cost is $35, which includes all materials.

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 Sept. 6 to guarantee a full refund.

Recreation Passport is required for entry into Hoffmaster State Park.

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.

6585 Lake Harbor Road,

Muskegon, Michigan, 49441

Event Date

Start: September 17, 2022 9:00 AM

End: September 17, 2022 12:00 PM

Have you always wanted to attract more butterflies, other beneficial insects and birds to your yard but don’t know where to start? We’ll cover the basics, including common pollinators and their needs, site selection, plant selection, nonfood design elements and best practices for seasonal garden cleanup.

Although we will focus on native plants, we will also highlight annuals that will add color and can be beneficial to butterflies, insects and birds. All participants will receive a pollinator packet with pamphlets from Michigan Audubon, a native plant grower’s list, plant lists and other references.  The class will include a tour of the Gillette Visitor Center butterfly garden to look at native plants that successfully draw wildlife.

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

Cost is $35, which includes all materials.

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 Sept. 6 to guarantee a full refund.

Recreation Passport is required for entry into Hoffmaster State Park.

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.