Pineview Butterfly Garden
Sponsored by Damayan Garden Project
Established on Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Many, many thanks to Damayan Garden Project (www.damayan.org) for sponsoring this butterfly garden! Before the garden was established, Nancy George and Claudia Montany came out to Pineview to look at possible locations. We chose 3 and submitted a proposal to the principal and science committee. They approved it and we settled on the 3rd choice location--next to the pre-k building. Then on October 2 at 3:00 pm, volunteer gardeners came out to Pineview to implement the garden. The volunteers were:
Nancy George, Season George, Ed Oaksford, Jody Taylor, Sierra George and young Saffron. Unfortunately, Claudia Montany had to be called out of town and could not attend.
The volunteers planted the following:
Butterfly bush, purple coneflowers, gloriosa daisies, lantanas, Chinese abelia, shrimp plants, milkweeds, parsleys and fennel.
In conjunction with this garden, ESOL students have been studying about the butterfly life cycle. Guest speaker, Sally Jue, of the Apalachee Audubon Society, presented about butterflies on Friday, October 12, 2007.
Butterfly Life Cycle
We continued with our butterfly thematic unit into the 2nd half of the school year in 2008. We received our live painted lady caterpillars after spring break (April 7, 2008) and students began to sketch daily on the growth of the caterpillars. Students were quite excited as they observed the caterpillars changing into chrysalises and then emerging as butterflies.
Finally, on April 28, after the butterflies had emerged for a few days, we released the butterflies into our butterfly garden.
Many thanks to the Leon County Schools' Foundation for the mini-grant to purchase the live caterpillars, net pavilion, rubber stamp set, live butterfly activity book and model set of butterfly life cycle stages.