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Butterfly House Docent Training coming soon!

pale_swallowtail_butterfly_on_a_monardella_squareHave you ever wanted to get in touch with nature’s beautiful, graceful, varied and enchanting butterflies? Well the Environmental Nature Center is excited to announce our Butterfly House Docent Training April 23, 2016 from 10am-12:00pm.

ENC’s Butterfly House opened April 17th, 2005. In the fall of 2004, Master Gardeners volunteered to help the ENC grounds coordinator plant 45 different host and nectar plants for our native Orange County butterflies that became residents of the Butterfly House.

PalosVerdesBlue on DeerweedOrange County’s Native Butterflies are one of nature’s magnificent and unique insects. Today there are about 60 butterflies native to Orange County, but we once had over 100 species. Many have been lost due to habitat destruction from urban sprawl.

During our training program participants will learn facts, information, and how to teach others about these important animals. Docents will be provided with an overview of frequently asked questions, a description of the host and nectar plants in the ENC’s butterfly house, and learn the butterflies likely to be found in the House over the upcoming season. During the training they will also view a 1.5 presentation, and tour the ENC’S butterfly house.

Docents  monitor the butterfly house, greet the public, provide casual interpretation, clarify rules and answer questions. They commit to volunteer approximately three hours per month or more if they desired, during butterfly season (May – September). For more information visit this webpage! – Aaysia Shelton, EN Communications Intern



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