New Jersey Butterfly Club

A chapter of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA)

Upcoming Events

Next Meeting Presentation

Please remember that there is no meeting in July (Butterfly Counts) or August (Club Annual Picnic).

  • Date & Time: Tuesday, September 3, 2024 – 7:30 PM
  • Topic: To be announced
  • Presented By: To be announced

If you missed any of our prior meetings, you can view videos of some of these meetings on our YouTube Page.

Upcoming Field Trips

The next few field trips are shown below. Trips normally begin promptly at 9:30. Refer to our Complete List of Trips to see all our outings and information about how our trips are conducted. Check back often as details change as the season progresses.

Wawayanda State Park and Appalachian Trail lands

  • Date: JUNE 22 (JUNE 23), 9:30
  • Location: Vernon Twp., Sussex County
  • Leaders: Wade and Sharon Wander (973) 271-0204 or 0051

The club has not visited Vernon in several years so it is time to return. We will go to several locations on state land where we hope to see Giant Swallowtail, Banded and Juniper hairstreaks, Northern Pearly-eye, Appalachian Brown, Eyed Brown, anglewings, emperors, Red-spotted Purple, Common Ringlet, and maybe Baltimore Checkerspot. See Appalachian Trail Lands site description on this website.

Meet at Maple Grange Park at 36 Maple Grange Road. Bathrooms available. Lunch, ice cream, and bathrooms at nearby Heaven Hill Farm.


Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center

  • Date: Friday, JULY 19 (no rain date), 9:30
  • Location: Chester Twp., Morris County
  • Leader: Bill Lynch of the NJCF and a mob of club members.

Friday trip with the NJ Conservation Foundation. We usually see about 15-20 species of butterflies on these trips, which are open to the general public. This is a great chance to share our knowledge of butterflies and other taxa to novices, including children. Indoor bathrooms.

Meet at the main building (down the steps from the large gravel parking lot) at 170 Longview Road, Far Hills. These trips begin at 9:30 and normally end around noon. Afterwards many members go to the adjacent Willowwood Arboretum to eat lunch and walk through the gardens and fields. Bathroom available.


NABA Day at Karen Nash Memorial Butterfly Garden

  • Date: Saturday, July 20th (July 21st), 10:00
  • Location: Memorial School, Washington Boro, Warren County
  • Leader: Tomás Gonzales (908-328-3875)

Come join us for our 21th annual “NABA day” at this special place between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at Memorial School in Washington, Warren County. In addition to NABA folks, local parents and children will be encouraged to attend. Bring a lunch and come for the whole three hours, or stop in anytime between 10 and 2 to help us identify the butterflies and interact with the parents and kids.

DIRECTIONS: Memorial School is located at: 300 West Stewart Street, Washington, NJ 07882. From the center of Washington (which is the intersection of routes 31 and 57) go west on route 57 for about 0.7 mile and turn right onto North Prospect Street. Go one block and turn left onto West Stewart Street. Take this to the school and park. (DeLorme 29: H-15.)

4th of July Butterfly Counts

No weekend field trips are scheduled for late June and July because many members participate in Fourth of July Counts, which are held on weekends during this period. If you are interested in participating, contact the count leader.

Here are the butterfly counts for 2024.

  • Sandy Hook - June 27, Leader: Henry Kindervatter, (267) 401-2699, hkinderv@gmail.com
  • Great Swamp - June 29, Leader: Ben Barkley, (908) 285-4362, benbarkley92@gmail.com
  • Springdale - July 6, Leaders: Wade and Sharon Wander, (973) 271-0204 or 271-0051, wec2293@gmail.com
  • Mercer - July 7, Leader: Jim Springer, (908) 334-3412, springer@naba.org
  • Raritan Canal - July 13, Leader: Mike Gochfeld, (732) 233-5864, gochfeld@eohsi.rutgers.edu
  • Bowman's Hill - July 20, Leader: Mary Anne Borge, (609) 397-9684, maborge@yahoo.com
  • Duke Farms - July 21, Leader: Mike Gochfeld, (732) 233-5864, gochfeld@eohsi.rutgers.edu

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