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Butterfly Education & Awareness Day

published: 05/13/2015

Butterfly Education & Awareness Day

In cooperation with Birmingham Zoo, Ruffner Mountain, Alabama Wildlife Center and McWane Science Center, Birmingham Botanical Gardens presents Birmingham’s Butterfly Education and Awareness Day on June 13. Each year, the Association for Butterflies, a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of butterflies through conservation, research and promotion of butterfly gardening and butterfly farmers, celebrates Butterfly Education Awareness Day on the first Saturday of June.

This year, four of Birmingham’s most recognizable cultural institutions have chosen the second weekend of the month to bring the same celebration to the Magic City as part of The Gardens’ “Get Into The Gardens” series. The Gardens will also be joined by its friends at Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Native Plant Group at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The event will be held at The Gardens from 10 – 2 p.m. Admission is free. Birmingham Zoo will host children’s activities from 10 – 2 p.m., with butterfly releases scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. McWane Science Center will also host children’s activities from 10 – 2 p.m. and Fresh Air Family will host “Hikes for Tykes,” a walk led by Verna Gates focusing on butterfly lore, legend and stories based on Monarch butterflies. The hike, designed for pre-school children and their parents, will begin at 10 a.m. There will also be native plants available for purchase. Sara Bright and Paulette Ogard, co-authors of Butterflies of Alabama: Glimpses Into Their Lives, will also present a family oriented slide presentation on native butterflies and how they can be protected.

Avondale School visits The Gardens

published: 05/07/2015

On May 6, 3rd grade students at Avondale School visited The Gardens to take part in Discovery Field Trips. Mr. and Mrs. William “Bill” Barnes provided a picnic lunch for the group. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes have adopted classes at Avondale School, and each year, they welcome their students, teachers and parents for a complimentary lunch at The Gardens following their visit for Discovery Field Trips.
Mr. Barnes talked to the students about the rewards that can come from hard work in school years, and the lunch was to reward students for a year of accomplishments and to encourage them to give their best to their future education. In addition, he congratulated the teachers and principal, Dr. Ann Curry, for their leadership.
Executive Director and CEO Fred Spicer encouraged students to study hard in science and math to lead them to promising careers in upcoming science and technology fields.
Education Activities Specialist Dawn Coleman, Donor Relations Officer Drew Rickel and Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy also showed their support from The Gardens.
Rotary Club of Birmingham’s Margaret Debardeleben congratulated students and teachers on their new playground which was recently made possible by Rotary Club of Birmingham.


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