Using fun and educational activities, we are opening the eyes of kids young and old to the interesting and important nature under our noses.
Armed with hand lenses instead of cameras, we look for native wild plants with such fun names as Frogfruit, Cheesytoes, and Spanish needle, all of which host butterflies, offer nectar for pollinators, and provide a whole host of other benefits in the ecosystem.
We collaborated with artist Kim Heise to create beautiful watercolor portraits of these wild plants and the butterflies that host on them. Using her watercolors, we created a Field Guide to Wild Plants that Host Butterflies. We use the Field Guide, as well as these flashcard IDs, to help people find these wild plants on our Scavenger Hunts.
This Field Guide and ID cards:
In short, these Guides will inspire people to get outside to learn about our ecosystem and the beautiful and important biodiversity that surrounds us – and upon which we depend . And, at the end of the day, who is going to want to apply deadly poison to plants that enable butterflies to survive?
We hope this makes you want to discover the nature under your nose.
Who knows what special plants and interesting insects you will find and what fun you will have in finding them?