AE21 Intro to the Butterfly BioBlitz

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Tuesday September 7

5:00 PM  –  6:30 PM

Intro to the Butterfly BioBlitz

Instructor: Jonathan Marchal

ONSITE* Tuesday, September 7; 5 - 6:30 PM

Audience: Ages 13+

Cost: Non-member $25** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Become an Arboretum Member!)

Blue Ridge Naturalist - 1 hour Elective Credit | NCEE Criteria II

Join the Arboretum’s Director of Education for a field exploration of some of the best spots to find butterflies at the Arboretum. Learn how to safely collect a butterfly with a net, how to identify some common species and tips and tricks to upload photos of butterflies to iNaturalist and participate in September’s Butterfly BioBlitz at the Arboretum. Participants should create an iNaturalist account prior to the class. Please note that while many similar classes are adult only audiences, youth ages 13+ are also welcome to participate in this class.

Jonathan Marchal serves as Director of Education at the Arboretum and is the creator of ecoEXPLORE, a youth citizen science initiative. He has been leading outdoor ecology and recreation programming for over twenty years for youth and adults, and was named the 2019 Naturalist of the Year by the Blue Ridge Naturalist Network. He has prior work experience with the National Park System, North Carolina State Parks and Trout Unlimited. He is an award winning, certified environmental educator and has served as the president of the Environmental Educators of North Carolina. Jonathan holds an AAS in Recreation and Wildlife Management, a BA in Ecology and a Master’s Degree in Park, Recreation and Tourism Management. He is the project lead for Team WNC in the City Nature Challenge.


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