Leonardo’s Children’s Museum is creating a new garden in Adventure Quest with lots of educational and community benefits. Adventure Quest is the largest community-built outdoor play space and a natural fit to have a pollinator garden.
“On several occasions science classes at Leonardo’s have studied the development and metamorphosis of butterflies and releasing them at Adventure Quest,” says Executive Director, Tracy Bittle. “It’s exciting that we get to take this education to an even higher level.”
A new pollinator garden is in the works this fall and come spring many beautiful, native Oklahoma flowers will bloom. This garden will feature native wildflowers and be a great place for foraging pollinators to enjoy the entire season. The Monarch butterfly is one of the pollinators that will benefit from this garden with specific milkweed and nectar plants that will help improve habitat.
Oklahoma is centrally located in the Monarch migration flyway and is an important path for the butterflies. Milkweed is the only plant that Monarch caterpillars eat so this is a vital plant.
Community volunteers have come together to clean up the Adventure Quest green area. Leonardo’s took the pledge with Okies for Monarchs to prepare and plant a special seed pack with Oklahoma native plants. Volunteers tilled and planted the seeds.
In spring time this garden will flourish and become a great place for families to watch and learn about the native plants and important pollinators. Leonardo’s also plans on hosting educational talks about Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators.
Follow the progress of the garden on Leonardo’s social media and website. Okies for Monarchs has more information on where to buy seeds and plants in Oklahoma to plant in your home garden. http://www.okiesformonarchs.org/
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