The Regal Fritillary Butterfly at Fort Indiantown Gap

You may have probably heard of our famous butterfly and now you get to see it in person. Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center is offering a free butterfly tour to experience areas with an up close and personal look at the Regal Fritillary Butterfly and it grassland habitat in areas normally closed to the public. Here you will learn how we balance the conservation efforts for this species of concern while working with military training. The Regal Fritillary Butterfly is considered a Pennsylvania species of immediate conservation concern.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to come and bring cameras and binoculars and should wear sensible clothing and footwear for a nature walk on well maintained trails and mowed paths. Feel free to bring insect repellent, sun screen, and other personal items. Drinking water will be available for public use. Not only will you see the beautiful butterfly, but also the possibility of other wildlife including turtles, snakes, birds, other butterfly species, different plant species, etc.

Tours are scheduled in early July. Actual dates will be announced via a press release so check our website and local newspapers, www.dmva.state.pa.us.

Participants should meet at the Fort Indiantown Gap Recreation Center in Building 13-190, located at the intersection of Asher Miner Road, Clement Avenue and Route 443. No reservations are needed and no rain dates will be rescheduled. Those wishing to join in this adventure should arrive at least 30 minutes early to fill out necessary paperwork (be prepared to provide vehicle and insurance information), attend a mandatory safety and orientation briefing, and receive driving instructions. Tours will last approximately three hours, but attendees can leave earlier if needed.

For more information about the tours, visit www.dmva.state.pa.us and click on the Featured Topics tab, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call the Wildlife Office at 717-861-2449.

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