On March 30 at Brookgreen Gardens, children can have a magical time that will leave them with beautiful memories and a deeper appreciation for butterflies.
Children’s Butterfly Activity Afternoon begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m.
Children will enjoy a preview of the butterfly exhibit, and participate in finger-painting, coloring, story-book reading and craft-making activities designed to be engaging ways to learn about butterflies and why they are not only pretty but are very important to the environment.
The children will pot a nectar plant to take home with them. Information on how to create a Monarch Waystation in your yard is available.
“Each fall, hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from the United States and Canada to winter in Mexico and California then return home in the spring,” said Andrea DeMuth, vice-president and curator of Zoological Collections. “The monarch migration is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders, yet it is threatened by the loss of habitat of milkweed plants which are essential host plants for larvae and energy sources for adults.”
“They are becoming fewer and fewer every year,” said Helen Benso, vice president of marketing at Brookgreen Gardens.
Brookgreen Gardens has been a Monarch Waystation since 2012.
To support this important conservation effort, free milkweed seed packets will be given to the first 200 guests who visit the butterfly exhibit. Visits to the butterfly exhibit are usually 30 minutes and cost $3. That day, visits of 15 minutes are being offered for $1. All other activities are free with garden admission.