Please, arrive at 9:30 am to fill out required paperwork (release form is attached). The orientation and safety brief begins at 9:45 a.m. and the tour group leaves from the Recreation Center promptly at 10 a.m. The tour will be approximately 3 hours long; attendees can leave the field tour earlier if needed.
Please, make sure that you have the information for THIS YEAR (2013) as press releases and web postings from previous years are still floating around the Internet.
If you are traveling using Interstate 81, please use the Fort Indiantown Gap exit (# 85 or 85B depending on your direction of travel). There will be “Butterfly Tour signs with arrows” directing you to the Recreation Center (at the intersection of Asher Miner Road, Clement Avenue, and State Route 443). It is directly across from the Area 12 Picnic Area on Clement Avenue.
Sorry, Google Maps and MapQuest websites have difficulty with Fort Indiantown Gap addresses, so we inserted a MapQuest Map link to the Recreation Center (around 1,000 feet east of Marquette Lake). You can navigate using street names or insert the GPS coordinates.
After the brief orientation, tour attendees will caravan/carpool/convoy to the grassland habitat. All participants must be escorted by Wildlife staff as the grassland areas are restricted areas. The walking tour is for all ages and will follow gravel trails and mowed grass trails. If you have requirements related to parking, walking, or accessibility, then let us know and we will make accommodations as best as we are able.
Feel free to bring your biting insect repellent, sun screen, and other personal comfort items. Drinking water will be provided.
Reservations or pre-registrations are not required and the tour is FREE. No rain dates will be made.
The event is rain or shine…with the caveat that the sunnier and hotter the weather, the more likely a tour is to see a Regal Fritillary. Butterflies typically hide in vegetation while it is raining!
This tour is for all ages and levels of butterfly identification skills. We provide educational activities, entertainment, and special features for children. While the focus of the tour is the Regal Fritillary butterfly, we will draw attention to other insects, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and native plants found in the grassland habitat areas.
If you have additional questions, please feel free to send us an email (preferred method) or call the phone number (connected to an answering machine) listed in the Press Release. We will try to respond as quickly as possible; however, the male adult regals are already flying so we are in the field most of the day.
We look forward to seeing you, your family, and friends this summer.
Fort Indiantown Gap Wildlife Office