VOLUNTEER - Outdoor Campus East

Butterfly and Caterpillar Care

Purpose: To care for the various stages of butterflies, moths and host plants that are in on display at TOC.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Collect milkweed from our garden or from fields in the Sioux Falls area.
  • Scan milkweed leaves for eggs or larvae.
  • Care for butterfly eggs, larvae, chrysalis and adults. May care for moths as well.
  • Release adults as needed.
  • Tag monarchs in the fall.
  • Care of any nectar plants that may be needed for the adults.

Requirements/Skills:

  • Attend a butterfly care class to learn proper handling procedures.
  • Ability to walk in the fields if interested in collecting milkweed, eggs, larvae or tag monarchs in the fall.
  • Specific commitment to care for butterflies on a regular basis.
  • Able to gently handle the small eggs and larvae.
  • Able to gently handle larvae, chrysalis and adults.
  • Provide care of host plants that are part of the display.

Training Required:

  • Volunteer Orientation
  • Butterfly Care Class-length of class approximately one hour. Will be held as needed to provide adequate care for our butterflies.
  • Field training will be provided while collecting the specimens or tagging of the monarchs in the fall.

Time Commitment:

  • A minimum of 2-3 hour shift per month. Prefer a weekly commitment.
  • Need to care for the butterflies before noon if possible so they have time to digest their food before evening.

Benefits:

  • A peaceful, enjoyable atmosphere to mingle with fellow butterfly enthusiasts.
  • Able to work on your own or in small groups.
  • Become part of a specialized team of volunteers with unique knowledge and skills.
  • Enjoyment of watching the miraculous metamorphosis of butterflies and moths.
  • Opportunity to experience the thrill of tagging monarchs and then waiting to hear if they are found in Mexico.
  • Increase your knowledge of butterflies and moths and the plants they prefer.

Questions or comments?

Contact Rachel Chamblin, Volunteer Coordinator
Email:
rachel.chamblin@state.sd.us

Address:
The Outdoor Campus
4500 S. Oxbow Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57106-4114