Did you know that one out of every three bites (or 75%) of the food we eat has been pollinated by an insect? Butterflies are on the decline. The Monarch butterfly population has declined drastically in the last few years. It is due in part to habitat destruction as well as insecticide use in our food crops. To learn more about the plight of the Monarch butterflies, check out the Texas Butterfly Ranch. You can subscribe to their newsletter and learn more.
Another fabulous resource is Monarch Watch. Monarch Watch is an educational outreach program based at the University of Kansas that engages citizen scientists in large-scale research projects. We have partnered with them to create a Monarch Butterfly Waystation, which helps give the butterflies food as they journey south in the fall each year to Mexico.
We have also partnered with Southwest Monarch Study to tag Monarch butterflies each fall. Southwest Monarch Study is researching the migration patterns of monarch butterflies in Arizona and the Western United States. By tagging the Monarch butterflies, we are helping with that research in New Mexico.
“So how can I help?” you may be asking. Great question! There are many ways to help, and one is to learn (and then act on that knowledge) what kind of habitat you can plant in your own yard to help our pollinators (it does not have to be a large piece of property to help!). Another is to educate our kids. They are our future. Intentional butterfly education is the only way for kids to learn about butterflies and the environment and how we impact each other. We have fun programs to help New Mexico kids learn about butterflies, their environment, and how they can get involved in helping to save butterflies too. To book one of our programs, Contact Us to find out how we can serve you. Take a look below for the kinds of programs we have to offer. We are an Albuquerque Public School Approved Vendor!
INTERACTIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Wings of Enchantment can visit your garden club, school, or organization with a program to teach a variety of subjects including the life cycle of the butterfly, butterfly gardening and conservation.
Life Cycle Program - Preschool
The first half is an interactive, multi-media presentation to teach about the life cycle of the butterfly geared for younger ages. Live butterflies, in all their stages, are available for up-close interaction and observation. The importance of butterfly habitat and how they help us as pollinators is stressed. Hands-on activities and a coloring activity along with planting host plant seeds (milkweed) are part of this unique learning experience.
Life Cycle Program - Elementary
The first half is an interactive, multi-media presentation to teach about the life cycle of the butterfly. Live butterflies, in all their stages, are available for up-close interaction and observation. The importance of butterfly habitat and how they help us as pollinators is stressed. Hands-on activities and a special craft along with planting host plant seeds (milkweed) are part of this unique learning experience.
Butterfly Garden Program - All Ages
Butterflies are one of nature’s most amazing creatures with their transformation from creepy crawly to a beautiful winged insect. If we do not plant our gardens in order to let them eat, we could see the end of this enchanting creature altogether. In this program entitled “Let Them Eat Your Garden” learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and how you can benefit from helping in the survival of this beautiful wonder by planting a combination of host and nectar plants that butterflies love.
$120 per 45-60 minutes of time/activities (includes tax)
*10% discount for programs booked back-to-back at the same facility
*Mileage is charged at $0.55/mile for programs outside the Greater Albuquerque Area
LIFE CYCLE KITS
Butterfly life cycle kits are an excellent way to observe and experience their metamorphosis firsthand! Our caterpillar rearing and chrysalis emerging kits are perfect for the classroom, as well as 4-H, Science Fair, Boy Scout and Girl Scout projects – even birthday parties! For details on each kit we have available click HERE.
LIFE CYCLE KIT COST:
$10 per kit, includes 4-5 caterpillars and instant diet (includes tax)
If your order includes more than 5 kits, please give at least 2 weeks advance notice.