The summer holidays are here and mums and dads are planning what to do with their kids for the next 2 months. Well, look no further! Every week we will post a fun nature based activity here on our homepage that will help keep your kids entertained. We hope you have a fun-filled memory making summer!

This week’s kids activity involves BUTTERFLY watching! Head out to your flower garden, wander around your neighborhood and/or visit your local trail site to find these winged jewels. If you spot 10 or more species your kids have qualified for their Zebra Longwing certificate. Apply for the certificates here.

You can also earn and receive your certificates by viewing 10 or more butterfly species at the following Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail sites; Orlando Wetlands Park, Oakland Nature Preserve, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Bahia Honda State Park, and Key West Botanical Gardens.

The Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail is a network of 510 premier wildlife viewing sites across the state. When you want to know where to go in Florida to see native birds, butterflies and more, head for the Trail. It’s Your Road to Adventure!

Every year, millions of people, residents and visitors alike, participate in wildlife viewing activities, contributing billions of dollars to Florida’s economy*, but the ultimate goal of the Trail is to encourage conservation of Florida’s native habitats and species.

The Trail is a program of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, supported in part by the Florida Department of Transportation and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida, and is possible thanks to dozens of federal, state, and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations and private landowners.

*2011 Economic Benefits of Wildlife Viewing in Florida, Southwick Assoc.