On September 15th, CCSA’s third graders had the opportunity to be butterfly conservationists for the day! Alan and Barbara Mennig, residents of White Horse Village and volunteers at the Tyler Arboretum, led an informative and interactive session for our budding scientists to learn about the characteristics, life cycle and conservation of the monarch butterfly.
Scholars learned that each fall, the monarch butterfly migrates down to Mexico, making stops all along the way – even in their own backyards! They were introduced to the meaningful ways that friends like Alan and Barbara are caring for this beautiful species through rearing, capturing, tagging, and releasing.
Fifty eager third graders then transitioned from the science classroom to the outdoors to be part of the migration process! Alan and Barbara brought six monarch butterflies from their own garden at White Horse Village. Students observed how tracking tags are placed in a precise location on the wings. Each student was invited to extend a hand – or a nose! – and touch these delicate visitors before launching them on their way to Mexico!
We are so thankful to our dear friend, Peggy Thompson, for inviting the Mennigs to CCSA. This experience was a wonderful way for our students to connect with living creatures and to learn how they can be good stewards of the environment to protect the natural world for everyone, including monarch butterflies.
More Partnerships Ahead
We look forward to further partnership opportunities this year, including Tyler Arboretum. It is your investment of time and financial resources that enriches the social and cultural opportunities for our scholars that may not otherwise not be available to them.