New Jersey Butterfly Club

A chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA)

About Us

The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) - New Jersey Butterfly Club was founded in 1995. It is the oldest of the many NABA chapters in the United States. NABA’s purpose is to promote the non-consumptive study, conservation, appreciation, and enjoyment of butterflies. In 2018 our chapter had over 150 members, many of whom come to our monthly meetings and field trips. Our chapter is one of NABA’s most active, having meetings with interesting programs nine months of every year, 8-10 field trips per year, and a summer picnic. We also assist other organizations in their butterfly events, give presentations on butterflies to other nature clubs, work with schools to establish butterfly gardens, assist agencies and conservation groups in removing invasive plant species from colonies of rare butterflies, and report sightings of Threatened and Endangered species to the NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Program. Several members compile NABA Fourth of July Butterfly Counts, and many members participate in several such counts. Our members come from many backgrounds and some are experts in other taxa such as plants, herptiles, birds, and other insects, and all gladly share their knowledge and experience with members and non-members alike. Additionally we can provide advice about the management of your property for the benefit of butterflies and other denizens of the natural world.

A detailed compilation of the New Jersey Butterfly Club's activities and accomplishments for 2023 can be found here.

New members and guests including young ones are always welcome. Normally we meet at 7:30 P.M. the first Tuesday of most months at the Haggerty Education Center of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, Morris County. However, since the onset of the Covid pandemic, we have been meeting remotely via Zoom (see our Upcoming Events page for full details). There is no meeting in July (when many members are occupied in organizing and participating in the Fourth of July counts), or December. The August meeting is a picnic.

Meetings, field trips, and other chapter activities are posted on our Upcoming Events Web Page and sent to members via email. Come join us at meetings and on field trips to share wonderful outdoor adventures.