Butterflies are easily observed insects which fly in every life zone of Rocky Mountain National Park. This class will begin with an indoor introduction to basic butterfly biology, butterfly behavior and butterfly identification. In the field, we will visit several different habitats on the east slope of the Park to search for summer species, such as Rocky Mountain Parnassian, blues, several fritillaries, hoary comma, and Weidemeyer’s admiral. We will learn to ID these species and also discuss their life histories and ecology, host-plant associations, and conservation concerns. The class will focus on butterfly observation through binoculars and digital photography; however, the instructor will have a net-and-release permit to allow participants a close-up look at a variety of species.