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The Monarch Program

Went on a fantastic field trip to The Monarch Program.  First we visited the Butterfly Vivarium, which was like a big airy greenhouse with butterfly-friendly plants and a little pond in the middle.  There were tons of adult butterflies flyling around and some caterpillars and chrysalises. The kids got to feed cantaloupe to the butterflies, and let caterpillars crawl on them.  They loved it.  Henry says butterflies are his new favorite creature.  After the vivarium, we went indoors for a great presentation with a little film about the life cycle of the monarch (every time I type that word I think “Somebody loves the monarch!!”) and a slideshow.  The Butterfly Man and the Butterfly Lady were kind and enthusiastic and great with the kids.  We got to purchase two monarch caterpillars and three milkweed plants to feed them on until they hatch.  When we got home we made them a house in an up-ended cardboard box with saran wrap over the front.  They ate nearly a whole plant this afternoon, so we gave them a fresh plant before Henry took them to his dad’s house for the weekend.  He’s fascinated by them!

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2 Responses to “The Monarch Program”

  1. Kathy

    Henry is having such a wonderful childhood. My hat is SO off to you.

  2. kara

    Thanks, Kath :) And happy anniversary! Time sure does fly…

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