The Butterfly Highway is a statewide conservation restoration initiative that aims to restore native pollinator habitats to areas impacted by urbanization, land use change and agriculture across North Carolina. From backyard Pollinator Pitstops to large-scale roadside habitat restoration, the project is creating a network of native flowering plants to support butterflies, bees, birds and other pollen and nectar dependent wildlife.


The Butterfly Highway began with several communities in Charlotte, NC that wanted to beautify their environment through planting gardens. Through the Butterfly Highway, these communities are transforming community gardens, backyard gardens, public spaces and park fragments into new pollinator and wildlife habitats. The Butterfly Highway has also provided capacity for communities to participate in a community based citizen science project that tracks butterflies and bumble bees. No garden is too small to make an impact and all together they are a part of the Butterfly Highway.

In the News

Charlotte Observer Feature on Butterfly Highway

Charlotte Observer- Vanishing of the Bees

UNC Charlotte Magazine Feature

UNC Greensboro 

Inside UNC Charlotte

Charlotte Post 

Plaza – Shamrock Neighborhood News

Burlington Times-News

Cary Magazine

The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC)

Tarheel State a Flutter about the Butterfly Highway (Public News Service)

Pollinators Find Salvation, Friends Along the Butterfly Highway (Charlotte Observer)

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