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We Are Gardeners Who… November 7, 2010

Check out the new sign in Explorer’s teaching garden. Created by last year’s Butterfly Buddy classes in rooms 2 and 14, the mosaic sign was sealed and installed this week by 8-year Explorer parent Mike Grubensky. Thank you, Mike!

The words on the sign express one version of the community guidelines students develop each year at the beginning of the gardening season. After exploring the garden in a scavenger hunt, and discovering the plants and animals that live in the garden, students think about how we should treat every one and every thing in the garden if everyone and everything is to thrive.


Butterfly Buddies Study the Monarchs’ Journey North November 18, 2009

Filed under: Mrs. Lim and Mrs. Rothschild's Butterfly Garden Buddies — gardenexplorer1 @ 7:15 pm

Butterfly buddies are taking part in a project called Journey North, in which children throughout North America study the 1000 mile migration of Monarch butterflies from North American to Mexico and back.

First, each child in each class made a beautiful butterfly out of recycled paper. On the back of their butterflies, the children added messages in Spanish, as well as Explorer’s school address. The butterflies were mailed to Journey North, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve Monarch habitat throughout North America. Journey North will deliver the butterflies to the children who live near the forests in Mexico where Monarchs spend the winter. This encourages the children to preserve that habitat, so that the butterflies can make their yearly journey. Later in the year, Journey North will send the butterflies back, with messages from the children in Mexico who will encourage our children to develop and preserve Milkweed habitat here in San Diego.

In our school garden, students counted monarchs at various stages of development. One day, they found seven Monarch caterpillars, and 15 caterpillars of the Anise Swallowtail. Another day, they found 20 Monarch eggs on the underside of the Milkweed leaves.

Butterfly buddies also read Butterfly Count by Sneed Collard III, about the restoration of butterfly habitat and a real-life yearly butterfly count. They also read Uncle Monarch, about the Mexican folk tale about the Day of the Dead, when the spirit of a person can enter the body of a Monarch.