Great Smoky Mountains Institute - Monarch Tagging and Butterfly Identification

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 17, 10:15 am - 2:00 pm.

REGION:  East Tennessee

WHERE: Great Smoky Mountains Institute, Townsend

COST: $5 per person. This is a first come, first served opportunity limited to 25 people.  (Please no more than 8 people per party). Email

WHAT:  Who doesn’t love running around in a sunny field with a butterfly net? Monarchs migrate en masse to Mexico every year for the winter, and we would like to learn more about their migration and population status by tagging them. Tremont volunteers have been tagging monarch butterflies in Cade’s Cove for many years. Participants also catch and identify other butterfly and insect species.  Join us in the field for a great day of frolicking for science!

Age Group: Any age. Children under 18 need an adult guardian in attendance. 

Where and when to meet:  10:15 am at the visitor information shelter at the beginning of the Cades Cove driving loop in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will caravan to the fields.  We’ll be out for 2-4 hours, ending around 1:30 or 2pm (or later if the weather is nice).  

What to wear:
Field clothing, especially long pants, and hard, protective shoes.

What to bring:
Please bring your signed Tremont and NPS waiver forms if you haven’t already sent them back to Juli by your tagging date.
Plenty of water
Lunch and snacks
Sun screen and a hat for protection from the sun