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(Web banner photo courtesy Christy Duff, taken at Conner Park November 18, 2023 Winter Butterfly Count)

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gardening has on your life, your health and our environment

Part of our mission at Collier County Parks & Recreation is to protect and sustain our environment. In addition to our more well known sports fields and playgrounds, we also maintain tranquil garden spaces in several parks, with room to grow!  Currently, the largest is the butterfly garden at North Collier Regional Park, full of colorful plants important to our native butterflies.
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Passionate about the environment?
Our volunteer garden program is more than just having fun in the dirt surrounded by beautiful flowers and nature.  This program is about raising awareness about pollinators, educating the public and learning about Florida native plants and butterflies.   Inquire about how you can be part of this amazing and environmentally impactful program today.   We are growing a new team for Veterans Community Park and invite you to join us to make a difference for our environment and our community.

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Summer Butterfly Counts June 22, 2024

This is our 4th year and to date we have counted 1854 butterflies, Please come out and help us increase our count numbers. Butterfly counts are a way to monitor butterfly populations, raise public awareness and spend some time with other butterfly enthusiast. Learn about local parks and nature areas.

Butterfly counts are a good way to gauge the health of our gardens and our local environment for pollinators to ensure sustainable food sourcing in our area.  The data collected at our counts is submitted for scientific research through several databases and tracked year over year.
We are up to 40 unique species of butterflies have been observed during previous counts. Collier County has about 80 documented butterflies, so we still have a ways to go.
June 22, 2024 , Collier County Parks – Choose Your Park: Sugden, North Collier Regional, Conner Park
On this form you will also be able to sign up for FREE Training Sessions. You can sign up for training without attending a Butterfly Count. Trainings are open to everyone at every skill level.

Ages 16 and up are invited to participate. Registration is required.  Your participation will help expand our understanding of the abundance and diversity of butterflies in our beloved natural areas! Click here to sign up

Feel free to share sign up form with friends!
Questions: Connie Nagele 239.248.8272 /

Contact us or send your photos for the Photo Library to:

Program Lead: Connie Nagele – 239.248.8272

Volunteer Coordinator: E-mail – 239-252-4033


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