My first experience was collecting some caterpillars for my son's preschool teacher. She asked if I could locate some. They were right outside my fence on swamp milkweed. I have been hooked ever since. My son was 4 years old at the time. Now, he is 19.
I grow many species of butterflies and moths, but Monarchs are one of my favorites. I do butterfly walks at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA. I bring Monarchs for the kids and adults to help me release them--I call it conservation, they call it fun.
I am there every Sunday from May thru September, volunteering my time to do tours of the gardens.