FSH was buzzing with visitors at our Winged Wonders: The Magic of the Monarch Butterfly PLUS The Hardworking Honeybee event this past weekend. The weather was gorgeous for all the outdoor activities. Butterfly enthusiast and former Friends School Haverford teacher, Ann Ward, explained the Monarch Butterfly tagging process. Visitors, children, and their parents took turns visiting the butterfly house where they had the opportunity to hold and feed the newly tagged Monarchs. Children also enjoyed special butterfly-themed crafts, festive face painting, and delicious snacks by JPM Catering. Afterward, everyone gathered outside to release their new friends. Children wished upon butterfly wings as the Monarchs began their 2,000-mile migration to Mexico.
Beekeeper Eli St. Amour gave an up-close look at honeycombs and how honey is extracted while discussing the role of bees in the hive and how the flowers and plants near a hive can flavor the honey. A honey extraction demonstration and pollination simulation station were just some of the ways children learned about the important role honeybees play in keeping our food crops alive.
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