Cascades Butterfly Project


Butterflies are sensitive indicators of changing environmental conditions because temperature influences the timing of an individual's life cycle and the geographic distribution of a species. The Cascade Butterfly Project has volunteers monitor the baseline butterfly habitat conditions to learn how climate is affecting their populations.



There are four sites in Washington state: North Cascades National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, and the Okanagan-Wenatchee National Forest. The project is also active in two areas of British Columbia: Skagit and Manning Provincial Parks.




Accepting Participants

This project is accepting volunteers. To get started, check out the Cascade Butterfly Volunteer FAQ and the Cascade Butterfly Volunteer Application. See Related Content on the left for additional resources.

Contact Regina Rochefort to choose a survey route and a start date. You will be signed up as a volunteer by completing a sign-up sheet and can do this either at the training or your first day of volunteering.


Participant Requirements

All ages


Participant Tasks

  • Catch and release butterflies
  • Identify butterflies and plants
  • Photography
  • Data entry
  • Geolocation