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Butterflyway Ranger program

Want your neighbourhood to be butterfly-filled? Become a Butterflyway Ranger.

About the Butterflyway Rangers

To apply to be a 2023 Butterflyway Ranger, click here.

The Butterflyway Project is a volunteer-led movement growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies across Canada.

Since 2017, each year we have recruited awesome people from communities throughout Canada to become Butterflyway Rangers. They are community builders, nature lovers, re-wilders, schemers, and dreamers. Dedicated people with talents and skills to share with others in their communities. They are people who care. People with the courage to lead. People ready to shine.

Butterflyway Rangers help make their communities greener and healthier, one fun planting project and community event at a time. They create opportunities, connect people and champion ideas.

Rangers are the public face of the Butterflyway Project in their communities. They get online leadership training and learn skills to influence and bring people together. They learn about the wonders of bees, butterflies and wildflowers. And they meet a ton of awesome people through the national Butterflyway Rangers network.

The goal of the Butterflyway Project is to establish habitat for local bees and butterflies in communities throughout the country. Each Ranger is tasked with organizing a small local team to help them plant at least a dozen pollinator patches. To find out if there is a Ranger in your community, please email ccirillo@davidsuzuki.org.

Being a Ranger

Rangers are part of an inspiring national network of pollinator advocates, educators and habitat creators, and land stewards. They receive online training from David Suzuki Foundation staff and national experts via monthly webinars and online resources, and connect with one another through on-line meet-ups, social media, and in-person gatherings.

Expectations

Rangers are volunteers. DSF asks them to attend training webinars and networking sessions, and to take action locally to protect and restore pollinator populations. Rangers and their projects vary greatly, however a focus should be the creation of a Butterflyway, which is 12 or more habitat gardens in close proximity. Other activities include hosting and participating in on-line and in-person events, including seed and plant sales and swaps and seasonal and educational fairs.

Selection process and timeline

DSF recruits new Rangers early in the year, typically February. If you are interested in applying to become a Ranger, please David Suzuki Foundation e-newsletter or follow DSF on social media. If you would like to connect with a Ranger in your community, please email ccirillo@davidsuzuki.org.