Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events 2019 – 2020 
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Sarasota County Butterfly Club (SCBC)

  • All regular programs meet at the Sarasota Garden Club at 1131 Blvd. of the Arts in Sarasota.
  • Programs start promptly at 9:30 AM unless otherwise specified. Doors open at 9 AM. Come a little earlier and visit.
  • All Field Trips are free for members. There is a $5.00 fee payable at time of field trip for non-members.  Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, binoculars (optional)
  • Events are open to the public unless otherwise stated, with a guest fee of $5 which will be credited toward membership, if you join that day
  • For Field Trip Information email  and/or check Facebook page for updates regarding weather and possible cancellations
  • ** NOTE:  Change of date from our regular fourth Thursday program dates

Friday mornings 9 AM – our public garden, the “Catherine and Richard LaBrie Butterfly Garden” needs your help – whatever you can do is appreciated.

June 15, 2019 9-11 am. Field Trip: Curry Creek Park, with Jeff Weber, Environmental Specialist III at Sarasota County Government. Please meet at the EAST entrance to the preserve, located at 1500 Pinebrook Road. We will meet at the trailhead entrance there.

NEW – check out our Summer Socials!

July 25, 2019, Thursday, 9:30 AM, Summer Social Breakfast,  Der Dutchman
3713 Bahia Vista St. Sarasota. We have really enjoyed these summer events. Enjoy the food and share your summer butterfly tales! Order off the menu with individual checks.
Bring a friend and join us!
RSVP by 7/24 to or 860-307-3346

August 22, 2019, Thursday, 9:30 AM, Summer Social Breakfast, Der Dutchman
3713 Bahia Vista St. Sarasota. Order from menu with separate checks. Bring a friend.
RSVP by 8/21 to or 860-307-3346

September 26, 2019, 9:30 am, Thursday: Program Meeting: State of the Butterfly and the 2020 Challenge. Butterfly Habitat Creation and Restoration. Sarasota Garden Club 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Doors open at 9 am. Members free; guests, $5.

September 28, 2019, 10 am, Saturday, Field trip: Fred and Idah Schultz Preserve, 5906 Kracker Avenue Gibsonton, FL 33534. Trip Leader:
John Lampkin. Opportunity to see Julias.

October 19, 2019, 9:30 AM:  Butterfly count at Myakka State Park RSVP required.

** October 24, 2019, 10:00 am, Thursday: In lieu of program meeting, an informal, outdoor meeting at Mable’s Secret Garden, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL  34243 with option for lunch at The Muse restaurant and visits to the galleries. No entry fee on Mondays!

** November 2, 2019, 9:30 am, Saturday, Program Meeting:  Dr. Marc Minno, Lead Ecologist at Eco-Cognizant, Inc. Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL, 34236, followed by a field trip at Felts Preserve, 1 PM, 4600 24th Ave. E.  Palmetto, FL  34221.

**Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:30 am, Program Meeting: John Lampkin “Bugs in Your Bloomers”. Also bring your camera for a photo contest after the meeting.  Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL, 34236.

December – Happy Holidays – No meetings

**January 8, 2020, 4:30 to 7:00 pm, Wednesday, First Meeting and Super Raffle at Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL  34236. Open to club members and their invited guests only.

**February 20, 2020 at 9:30 am, Thursday, Program Meeting: Do’s and Don’ts of Plant Selection with panel of speakers, open forum, and plant exchange; Get your plants ready for the plant swap—bring a plant, get a plant, bring two, get two, etc. —and remember to label them please! Host and nectar plants preferred. This plant exchange is always a hit. Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL  34236.

March 14, 2020, 10 am, Saturday, Field Trip:  Historic Spanish Point, 337 N. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL   34229. There will be a modest entry fee to Historic Spanish Point.

March 26, 2020 at 9:30 am Thursday, Program Meeting: Lawns to Pollinator Friendly Wildflower Native Habitat by Dr. Nash Turley, plant and insect ecologist and postdoctoral fellow at University of Central Florida’s Department of Biology on” at Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL  34236. – Cancelled

April 3-5, 2020: Dr. Glassberg, NABA President, Visit to Broward County and Long Key Nature Center, field trip and presentations. Cancelled

April 18, 2020, 10 am, Saturday, Field Trip: Palma Sola Botanical Park and Robinson Preserve. Palma Sola, 9800 17th Ave. NW, Bradenton, FL  34209 and Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th Str. NW, Bradenton, FL  34209. Cancelled

April 23, 2020, 10-2, Members’ Garden Tour. Open only to Butterfly Club members and their guests. Visit member’s gardens in the Sarasota area as you drive from house to house. An optional lunch at a local restaurant may be included after the tour at 2:30. Cancelled

May , 2020, date, time TBD, Butterfly Count East. Must register to participate;  open to Members and their invited guests only. You do not have to be a butterfly expert to do this— just be able to spot a butterfly and bring it to the attention of your group leader! There will be several counting groups going to Myakka State Park and Scherer-Thaxton Preserve. Counts generally run about 2+ hours and all the usual requirements for a field trip apply  – except no fee. This is a great opportunity to see and learn about butterflies out in the field! Cancelled

May 28, 2020, Thursday, 10:30-1:30 Club Program:  Annual Members’ Meeting & Potluck Luncheon. Report back results from 2020 Challenge. Bring a potluck dish, a guest or two, and your smiles and laughter! This is a popular event. Sarasota Garden Club. 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236  Open to Members and Invited Guests Only. Cancelled

Butterfly Festival –  Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville –

NABA Butterfly Park – National Butterfly Center -Mission Texas

11 Responses to Calendar of Events

  1. Fred Verceles says:

    Where and what time is the 101 photography workshop? Is there a fee and when is the registration date? Thank Fred

    • Beverly says:

      Hi Fred,
      This is considered a regular program. So as stated at the top of the page, we meet at the Sarasota Garden Club, with the program scheduled for 9:30 AM. The fourth bullet point states that programs are free to members or $5 guest fee. If you join as a new member that day, the guest fee is applied towards membership.
      Thanks for your interest. We have a wonderful group. We hope you can join us.

  2. Karen Rosenbeck, former President says:

    The Sarasota County Butterfly Club’s upcoming 2016-2017 season is going to be exciting! In September, join us for a field trip to Scherer-Thaxton Preserve to view butterflies in their environment, then, later in the month, attend our program meeting to learn how to identify “The Big, the Bold and the Beautiful” Butterflies. That’s just a small taste of what’s to come: program meetings, field trips, garden tours and social get-togethers. All for the love of butterflies! Watch for the upcoming calendar on this website which should be finalized in August.

  3. Peter Bradin says:

    I am a photographer and butterflies are one of my favorite subjects. Some of you have probably seen me at the Sarasota Garden Club in the Butterfly Garden but it seems, over the past year or so, the butterfly population at the Garden Club has declined rather dramatically. I am looking for other places to shoot whether it be other parks or gardens, public or private. I hate going to places like Butterfly World because they are not naturally occurring gardens. Suggestions or invitations to private gardens would be greatly appreciated. I am also a lover of water lilies. I am on Facebook at Peter Bradin, where you can see some of my work. Just ignore all the classic and sports car stuff. Thanks for any help you can share with me.

  4. Steven Freedman says:

    Laurel Rhodes told me about your upcoming panel on Butterfly Identification. Would it be possible for members of the Peace River Butterfly Society to attend this session?

    I checked your Website and ascertained the date and time of this event

  5. Lynda H. Fialka says:

    I have been “raising” Monarch for over a year now and have heard that the caterpillar will travel some distance before it finds the perfect spot for it’s chrysalis. Just how far have they been known to travel?

    Thank you.

  6. laura says:

    hi can you tell me where the counts will be on may 11th and 18th please thanks, laura

  7. Camille Cascio says:

    I am a teacher at Suncoast School for Innovative Studies. I would like some information about butterfly gardens in the hopes of creating one this new school year for our students. I would appreciate any assistance you can give me. Thank you for all of your help!

  8. Megan Guynn says:


    My 16 year old step-daughter loves butterflies. This summer we are looking for a place for Taylor to give back to the community and we thought that maybe we could volunteer and help. Please let us know if and how we can help with the butterflies.

    Thanks, Megan

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