Welcome to our backyard!

We are located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. We serve the greater piedmont region of North Carolina by providing butterfly education, community outreach, and assistance with creating supportive habitats.

EDUCATION

We offer customizable classes, workshops, presentations, and butterfly walks for homeschoolers, educators, and organizations.

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COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Have us participate at your public event or give a presentation to your group or organization!

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BACKYARD HABITATS

We have a selection of butterfly host and nectar plants April through September to assist you in creating a backyard habitat or butterfly garden.

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Our Mission

To provide education, engage our community, and create backyard habitats.

Artwork by Beverly Overby Dyer

Additional ways we fulfill our mission

Partnering

We enjoy working with local businesses and organizations within our greater community.

Caterpillar Support

Need more host plant? We offer foster and temporary care of caterpillars, too!

Citizen Science

We encourage participation in projects such as NABA butterfly counts and Monarch tagging.

Who We Are

Backyard Butterflies was found in April 2018 by Lori M. Carlson and John F. Jarvis. We are incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the state of North Carolina. We are in the process of applying for federal tax exempt status as an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Lori M. Carlson

Co-Founder

Lori conducts the Education and Community Outreach aspects of Backyard Butterflies. She can spend many enrapt hours observing the insects in the habitat and photographing them. During the winter months she wishes she could hibernate like a Swallowtail chrysalis.

John F. Jarvis

Co-Founder

John manages the Backyard Habitat aspect of our mission. He tends to the yard and all plant propagation. He records butterfly sightings in the yard while working in the habitat. He spends the winter stratifying and germinating seeds.

Latest Blog Posts

Want to learn more than what can be condensed into a Tweet or Facebook post? Check out our blog for loquaciousness and additional information!

What’s Blooming Now? April 29, 2019

Feature photo is of Cherries Jubilee cultivar Left to right: Twilite Prairie Blues; Sapphire Spires; Purple Smoke; Solar Flares; Dutch Chocolate Our collection of Bapisia australis (False Indigo) cultivars are[…]

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What’s Blooming Now? April 6, 2019

Spring natives are starting to flower in our backyard habitat. Currently in bloom or just getting started to bloom are two of my favorites: Columbine and Shooting Star. Feature photo[…]

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Better Know a Host Plant: Wild Violets

Better Know a Host Plant is a series of posts all about common to rare butterfly host plants. Each week during the butterfly season we will feature a host plant[…]

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Better Know a Host Plant: Pussytoes

Better Know a Host Plant is a series of posts all about common to rare butterfly host plants. Each week during the butterfly season we will feature a host plant[…]

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