Preschoolers release butterflies in WDC Greenhouse
Alicia Johnson's preschool classes released Painted Lady Butterflies last week in the Wadena-Deer Creek High School Greenhouse -- and what an amazing, fun experience it was!
Miss Alicia’s students took turns letting the butterflies sit on their fingers before the colorful medium-sized butterflies decided to fly off and check out their new surroundings. The butterflies were placed by strawberry plants. Greenhouse caretaker Ed Lewis said the butterflies will help pollinate his blooming plants.
"No more sugar water for the Painted Ladies -- they get the real stuff now!" Miss Alicia told her students, who enjoyed spending time releasing the butterflies as well as planting flowers marigold flowers in the greenhouse.
"A big thank you to Mr. Lewis for providing a home for our butterflies," added Miss Alicia.
The preschoolers hatched the Painted Lady Butterflies in a butterfly house located on a sunny ledge in their classroom as an educational experience. They learned about the life cycle of a butterfly, as well as the conservation of butterflies.