National Butterflyway Rangers
Wild pollinators such as butterflies and bees are crucial to human survival. Climate change and widespread pesticide use are compromising their habitat and food sources. The Butterflyway Project aims to help people step up efforts to help pollinators find food and shelter.
This map includes Butterflyway Rangers and Butterflyway Schools in 2020. Check for Rangers and schools in your community!
About the Butterflyway Project
The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement that’s bringing nature home to neighbourhoods throughout Canada, one butterfly-friendly planting at a time.
The Butterflyway Project began in five Canadian cities in 2017. We recruited a team of volunteer Butterflyway Rangers in each. Their mission was to plant native wildflowers in yards, schoolyards, streets and parks to support bees and butterflies. The goal was to establish local “Butterflyways” by planting at least a dozen pollinator patches in each neighbourhood.
Over the past three years, we’ve recruited and trained 599 Butterflyway Rangers. They’ve connected with neighbours, schools, city agencies, businesses and community groups. To date, they’ve helped:
- Get 28,908 butterfly-friendly wildflowers into the ground.
- Create 754 pollinator patches.
- Grow Butterflyways in nine communities.
The Butterflyway Project shows that a small group of residents can make a big difference. Rangers make their communities greener and healthier. They create opportunities, connect people and champion fun ideas. Check out some of their stories below to get inspired!
The Butterflyway Project is based on our Homegrown National Park Project, an award-winning, citizen-led project that created butterfly-friendly corridors in three Toronto neighbourhoods.
National Butterflyway Programs
National Butterflyway Ranger Program
We are looking for 40 awesome people from communities across Canada to become our 2020 Butterflyway Rangers. We are looking for community builders, nature lovers, re-wilders, schemers, and dreamers.Learn More
British Columbia Butterflyways
District of North Vancouver
Being a Butterflyway Ranger in the District of North Vancouver is about breaking new ground, learning from each other’s work and nurturing butterflies and wild pollinators.Learn more
Now in its fourth year, the Richmond Butterflyway is all about growth, not only for pollinator plantings and butterflies, but also for Butterflyway Rangers and their collaborative efforts.Learn more
The Vancouver Butterflyway Project is calling on all Vancouverites to join the action and apply to be a Butterflyway Ranger in 2020. Butterflies and wild pollinators are counting on us.Learn more
Rangers in Markham established a Butterflyway through the former Town of Thornhill in 2017. In following years, Markham residents continued the momentum, establishing a dozen canoe gardens.Learn more
More than 200 households in the City of Richmond Hill joined the Butterflyway Project this spring by planting pollinator patches in their yards.Learn more
The Guildwood Butterflyway continues to blossom in 2020. Last year, Rangers distributed hundreds of wildflowers to residents at community events and this year plan to expand into two new neighbourhoods.Learn more
Butterflyway Rangers in Toronto's east end created Canada’s first Butterflyway in the Beaches! They planted more than 40 pollinator patches in 2017.Learn more
Butterflyway Rangers in Toronto’s Cedarvale-Humewood neighbourhood planted pollinator patches in a dozen schoolyards, yards and parks in 2017. They built on past neighbourhood plantings created through the Homegrown National Park Project.Learn more