Kids Garden Days

This year Kids Garden Days is focusing on the monarch butterfly in partnership with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Universidad Popular.

Classes will be every Tuesday from 4:30 pm to 6 pm starting July 21st through September 15th at El Paseo Community Garden. This program will be a mix of on-site and virtual learning.

944 W. 21st Street
(Next to Alivio Medical Center)

Ages 6+
Limit 10 students per class
Priority given to local residents

This is NOT a drop-off class. Parents or guardian (18+) must be present.
Children and parents must wear masks. We will be maintaining 6′ distance.

Suggested $5 dollar donation per class.

Subject to change. Days may be out of order.

This curriculum is designed for students to attend all classes. We encourage participation for all days in order to get the full knowledge and butterfly experience!

1. Habitat Hopscotch:
July 21st

Students will be introduced to different factors of habitat fragmentation and the possible impacts on Monarch butterfly migration. Students will reflect on how habitat fragmentation can affect wildlife and what people can do to mitigate those effects.

2. Metamorphosing Monarchs
Facilitated Virtually by the Nature Museum
July 28th: 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Students will learn the butterfly body parts and the life cycle of butterflies. They will also create their own butterfly life cycle flipbooks to take home and use to teach others about what they learned.

3. Hide-a-Butterfly:
August 4th

Students will observe and analyze various butterfly wing patterns that allow butterflies to survive in the environment they live in. Students will use this knowledge to design their own wing pattern that would allow a butterfly to survive in the immediate environment (wherever students are doing the activity).

4. Pollinator Partners:
August 11

In this lesson, students will investigate the relationship between specific pollinators and flowers by playing “Guess the Pollinator.” Students will also learn the parts of a flower and design and create their own flower for a specific pollinator.

5. Pollinator Ethogram:
August 18 

Students will observe pollinators, such as butterflies, bees, moths, beetles, flies, and wasps, to learn about the behaviors of pollinators and how they interact with their environments. Students will learn content, practice science behaviors, and apply their understanding of cross-subject concepts by directly observing living animals to make conclusions about their body structures, life processes, and relationships with the living and non-living things around them.

6. Biodiversity Sampling:
August 25

Students will examine the number of species present in local outdoor environments to determine biodiversity. They will collect and compare data on biodiversity in two different outdoor locations using consistent sampling procedures, materials, and methods.

7. Design a Butterfly Garden:
September 1

Students will work individually or in groups to design a butterfly garden that could be planted in a local area (park, schoolyard, home, etc.). Students will research the habitat requirements for one or more species of butterfly and draw up a design with the placement and names of the plant species chosen.

8. What is Butterfly Habitat?
September 8

Students will observe a habitat and discuss how this habitat meets the needs of the monarch and other organisms. Students will record and draw all the plants they observe in the habitat and become familiar with one plant species.

9. Urban Gardening with Seed Pockets:
September 15th

Students will discuss butterfly habitat and explore human impacts and contributions to these spaces. Students will then create wildflower seed pockets for dispersal.