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2020 Smart Gardening for Butterflies

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Live Webinar Via Zoom

Cost: $40.00 per participant   

We are thrilled to have Dr. Duke Elsner, “the Bug Guy,” educate us on a topic he is very passionate about. Michigan is home to over 160 species of butterflies. Some are commonplace while others are so few in number, restricted to specialized habitats that a person could look for them for a lifetime without ever seeing one. In this fact-filled class you will learn about many species of butterflies and their life histories, foods, preferred habitats and distribution in the state. There will be information on collecting and photographing butterflies, as well as suggested resources and references. Participants will have an hour for lunch to visit a nearby eatery or enjoy their own delicious meals from home.

Re-certified MSU Extension Master Gardener attendees will earn 5 continuing education hours (to be reported by selecting the VMS project of Environmental Stewardship: IPM - Pollinators).

Register today to learn more about Michigan Butterflies.

Registration deadline: Oct. 1, 2020 or when workshop is full.
No registrations at the door. 

Payment by Credit Card (Debit cards requiring a PIN are not accepted): Recommended, via this secure MSU payment site to expedite your seat reservation. To ensure your transaction is processed, please enter your personal information exactly as shown on the credit card and do not include dashes or spaces when entering your credit card number. You will receive confirmation of transaction approval upon completion of the payment process. 

Payment by Check/Money Order: Postmark deadline is Oct. 1, 2020. Your seat is not reserved until your balance is paid in full. 

Make payment to MSU and mail your payment to:

MSU ANR Event Services - Smart Gardening for Butterflies
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
446 W. Circle Drive, Room 11
East Lansing, MI  48824

Refund Policy

  • A full refund, less a $10 processing fee, will be issued for any registration cancelled up to 7 days before the workshop.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled within 7 days of the workshop.
  • No refund will be issued for any registration cancelled after the workshop has started.
  • Substitutions allowed.

Registration for 2020 Smart Gardening for Butterflies is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on October 1, 2020.

There are 57 openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information contact Angela Van Order with Kent MSU Extension at 775 Ball NE in Grand Rapids, MI 49503,