About the Richmond Butterflyway
The Butterflyway Project is a citizen-led movement that is growing highways of habitat for bees and butterflies through neighbourhoods in communities across Canada.
In 2017, Butterflyway Rangers came together in Richmond to plant butterfly- and wild pollinator–friendly plants in more than 10 neighbourhoods throughout the B.C. city. They adopted parks, worked on their own gardens, encouraged their neighbours to do the same and created butterflyway patches at their schools. By the end of the 2017 season, Richmond Rangers had learned how to make healthy and sustainable meals, shared their passion for butterflies and wild bees with fellow Richmond citizens at major events like the Salmon Festival, Garlic Festival and Harvest Festival, and learned what to plant and how to care for butterfly and wild pollinator habitats. With help from the city’s sustainability office and parks department, Richmond Rangers planted a network of almost two dozen butterfly-friendly gardens in schoolyards, city properties, neighbourhood parks and private yards.
This year, the team of Richmond Rangers has expanded with a new recruit of volunteers who will help the team build butterflyway patches and engage friends, neighbours and schools around the Steveston, West Cambie and Oval neighbourhoods.
At their training, the new Rangers met Richmond Ranger alumni and made new friends, learned about butterflies and other wild pollinators and about pollinators’ connection with our food through a lunch-cooking demonstration. An hour-long workshop at a local nursery also taught them about planting and plant selection.
Richmond Butterflyway locations
Use this interactive map to explore the locations of butterfly-friendly pollinator patches that were established in Richmond by volunteer Butterflyway Rangers with the support of local residents, groups, schools and city officials and Foundation staff.