Butterfly Report — July 2021

We’re Back… Paddle, Wander, Discover What’s Next

It’s been a while, but I’m happy to update the entire Butterfly Outdoors’ community on what we’ve been up and what’s next. First, our virtual communities are growing, and I’d like to welcome our new members. We love for you to follow our adventures, but we’d really love to help you find your own. Let us know what you’ve been dreaming of doing, and we’ll help you plan and prepare. We offer skills lessons, gear consultations, training hikes, and overnight workshops to help you prepare for family campouts, paddling trips, and backpacking excursions. Moving forward the Butterfly Report will resume monthly posts highlighting upcoming events, sharing our adventures, and promoting causes important to our vision, mission, and community.

We also love hearing about your discoveries so please share them with us on social media, and leave reviews or recommendations if we’ve already helped you discover a new way to EXPLORE~LEARN~PLAY outdoors.

Connect with us here

Since our last post in April 2021, I’ve added a new video on my Pinhoti Trail adventure. I have video footage from three more sections of the trail I hope to edit and share this summer! Please be sure to like and subscribe to the linked video and YouTube channel to stay posted on the next section of my travels.

Our Young Naturalists group has been providing FREE programs both in-person and online, and we are available to schedule private programs for families, scout troops, and groups. Blaire Baxter, Naturalist and Young Naturalists mama, is doing amazing things for that community and she has more wonderful programs planned moving forward. We’ll share details on upcoming events for that group later this month!


Registration is open for events in Women Outdoors and Wander Tots. We are also planning more frequent activities for each of our groups this summer and fall. Find the right event for your interest and budget on our Upcoming Events page, or contact us to plan a private experience for your family or group.


Help us break down barriers to the outdoors

We are still working to offer more opportunities to beginners, underserved communities, and essential workers. We believe time outdoors is a valuable stress reliever and hobby that should be a right, not a privilege. You can help us break down barriers such as lack of funds, lack of gear, and lack of opportunities.

If you have gear you no longer need, or funds to donate to this cause please email ButterflyOutdoors@gmail.com. Need gear? Let us know, and we’ll help however we can!

We are still accepting donations for scholarships and creative content. Read on to learn how you can participate, or contact us to discuss how we can help break down barriers you may face.


Support Scholarships

Our scholarship program helps us provide services to underserved members of our community, and we appreciate assistance expanding this program in 2021.

***Butterfly Outdoors is an LLC not a 501(c)3.  We appreciate your support, and pledge to utilize donations toward free services and scholarships.  However, please understand your donation is not tax deductible.  PLEASE INCLUDE “DONATION” IN THE COMMENTS OR DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PAYMENT TO ENSURE YOUR FUNDS ARE PROPERLY ALLOCATED.***


Thanks for Your Support

Thanks to everyone who has supported us during these challenging times, and if you find value in our content and share in our commitment to help others EXPLORE~LEARN~PLAY outdoors please consider contributing to our efforts or contacting us at ButterflyOutdoors@gmail.com to discover how you can get involved.

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CREATIVITY TAKES FUEL, and coffee is our preferred power source!!! If you enjoy our content then click the image below to fuel our next story by buying us a coffee! ☕️

Butterfly Report — April 2021

Follow Our Adventures & Discover Your Own

Since the last Butterfly Report I’ve been fortunate enough to hike, camp, paddle, and bike. I try to spend as much of my life outdoors as possible, and this is something I work daily to share with my daughter as well. Beyond that I love sharing my adventures with others, and this year I hope to share my section hike of the Pinhoti Trail. You can follow this excursion on Butterfly Outdoors’ YouTube channel and our blog. Click the button below to check out my first two sections of the trail.

We also love hearing about your discoveries so please share them with us on social media, and leave reviews or recommendations if we’ve already helped you discover a better way to EXPLORE~LEARN~PLAY outdoors.

Connect with us here

We love for you to follow our adventures, but we’d really love to help you find your own. Let us know what you’ve been dreaming of doing, and we’ll help you plan and prepare. We offer skills lessons, gear consultations, training hikes, and overnight workshops to help you prepare for family campouts, paddling trips, and backpacking excursions.


Coming Soon

We have many events on the calendar from overnights to the Walls of Jericho to a community Earth Day cleanup project. Find the right event for your interest and budget on our Upcoming Events page.

***Since this content will be public it may not contain as many details and information, especially related to meeting locations. This is a safety precaution since most of our activities are geared toward women and families.


Help us break down barriers to the outdoors

We are working to offer more opportunities to beginners, underserved communities, and essential workers. We believe time outdoors is a valuable stress reliever and hobby that should be a right, not a privilege. You can help us break down barriers such as lack of funds, lack of gear, and lack of opportunities.

This month we are hosting a gear drive and fundraising event! If you have gear you no longer need, or funds to donate to this cause please email ButterflyOutdoors@gmail.com or visit my Facebook fundraiser. Need gear? Let us know, and we’ll help however we can!

We are still accepting donations for scholarships and creative content. Read on to learn how you can participate, or contact us to discuss how we can help break down barriers you may face.


Support Scholarships

Our scholarship program helps us provide services to underserved members of our community, and we appreciate assistance expanding this program in 2021.

***Butterfly Outdoors is an LLC not a 501(c)3.  We appreciate your support, and pledge to utilize donations toward free services and scholarships.  However, please understand your donation is not tax deductible.  PLEASE INCLUDE “DONATION” IN THE COMMENTS OR DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PAYMENT TO ENSURE YOUR FUNDS ARE PROPERLY ALLOCATED.***


Thanks for Your Support

Thanks to everyone who has supported us during these challenging times, and if you find value in our content and share in our commitment to help others EXPLORE~LEARN~PLAY outdoors please consider contributing to our efforts or contacting us at ButterflyOutdoors@gmail.com to discover how you can get involved.

Buy Me A Coffee

CREATIVITY TAKES FUEL, and coffee is our preferred power source!!! If you enjoy our content then click the image below to fuel our next story by buying us a coffee! ☕️

Butterfly Report — March 2021

The Magic of Spring edition

The beauties of spring are abundant even though the official start is still a few days away (March 20th, if you were wondering). On the trail I’ve been spotting new buds of young leaves and flowers waiting to burst free since late February, but in the past couple of weeks new shoots have opened and tiny wildflowers are blossoming in abundance. Spring is the perfect time to stroll along creek trails in search of breeding frogs and budding wildflowers; test your photography skills on new blooms and birds at your feeder; and get the kiddos exploring with magnifying glasses anytime you step outdoors. We are here to help you discover the magic of spring through our upcoming events, and through private hikes and workshops.

We also love hearing about your discoveries so please share them with us on social media, and leave reviews or recommendations if we’ve already helped you discover a better way to EXPLORE~LEARN~PLAY outdoors.

Connect with us here

Coming Soon

We are still working to setup our Event Calendar and Registration tools, but we are consolidating our Upcoming Events into one location. This new feature will be available this month, so you can view events across groups and share activities with friends outside the Facebook community. We will continue to post events and have open discussions through our Facebook communities, but we want to make these opportunities more accessible to those outside of Facebook.

***Since this content will be public it may not contain as many details and information, especially related to meeting locations. This is a safety precaution since most of our activities are geared toward women and families.


Get to know Our Team

As I mentioned in last month’s Butterfly Report the unique climate of 2020 lead Butterfly Outdoors to find new focus. We developed virtual community groups, and have provided a combination of virtual and in-person events! We now serve three main groups: Women Outdoors, Wander Tots, and Young Naturalists. Again, if you haven’t found your niche in one of these groups we will continue to provide private services and co-host opportunities with our partners in conservation.

The changes of 2020 meant I needed more help, and I’d like to introduce everyone to the wonderful women who are serving their communities in making new services and opportunities to EXPLORE~LEARN~PLAY possible. Without Blaire, Amy, and Venus I would not be able to provide the quality or frequency of activities now available.


Join the team

Over the coming year we also hope to recruit Regional Leaders in Women Outdoors so we can offer opportunities for hikes, paddles, and experiential education throughout Alabama. If you are interested in taking a leadership role in your community, gaining access to training and special leadership events, and getting discounts to Butterfly Outdoors host events please contact ButterflyOutdoors@gmail.com.


Help us break down barriers to the outdoors

We are working to offer more opportunities to beginners, underserved communities, and essential workers. We believe time outdoors is a valuable stress reliever and hobby that should be a right, not a privilege. You can help us break down barriers such as lack of funds, lack of gear, and lack of opportunities. If you are able to support Our Mission and Our Vision to help others find their place outdoors then please consider a contribution to support scholarships, provide gear access, and offer special rejuvenation events for essential workers. Read on to learn how you can participate, or contact us to discuss how we can help break down barriers you may face.


Support Scholarships

Our scholarship program helps us provide services to underserved members of our community, and we appreciate assistance expanding this program in 2021.

***Butterfly Outdoors is an LLC not a 501(c)3.  We appreciate your support, and pledge to utilize donations toward free services and scholarships.  However, please understand your donation is not tax deductible.  PLEASE INCLUDE “DONATION” IN THE COMMENTS OR DESCRIPTION OF YOUR PAYMENT TO ENSURE YOUR FUNDS ARE PROPERLY ALLOCATED.***


Thanks for Your Support

Thanks to everyone who has supported us during these challenging times, and if you find value in our content and share in our commitment to help others EXPLORE~LEARN~PLAY outdoors please consider contributing to our efforts or contacting us at ButterflyOutdoors@gmail.com to discover how you can get involved.

Buy Me A Coffee

CREATIVITY TAKES FUEL, and coffee is our preferred power source!!! If you enjoy our content then click the image below to fuel our next story by buying us a coffee! ☕️

Women Outdoors — Rappelling Adventure

Get ready for a thrilling adventure, supported by a community of Women Outdoors!

Sign Up for Adventure

GAIN CONFIDENCE, BUILD FRIENDSHIPS, and HAVE FUN!!! Join the Women Outdoors group for a thrilling adventure as we explore and rappel. Your guides from Butterfly Outdoors and our partners at Alpha Expeditions will ensure the safety of participants while fostering a fun and welcoming environment for all levels of outdoor enthusiasts.

We will meet Sunday March 28, 2021 from 9:00AM — 3:00PM (CST). The event will take place in Vinemont, AL. Additional meeting details provided after registration.

This event is open to women 18 years and older.


REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Email ButterflyOutdoors@gmail.com using subject ”Rappelling Adventure.” Provide your first and last name, date of birth, and planned method of payment (see “Pay Here” button for options). We will reply to confirm your spot within 24 hours, then you can process your payment below.

COST: $50/person (Scholarships available)

***REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL PAYMENT IS PROCESSED***