Well, we’re in La Paz, Bolivia, now. But before we arrived to our newest work and life adventure, we got to spend some time with family back in the US, sharing our stories and experiences of the past two years living and working in Brazil; do a bit of traveling, spend some great quality time with our kids at parks in Delaware and Virginia… and visit the National Mall in Washington, DC. A lot done during our ‘home leave’, now, being shared with our friends, family and curious readers! :All of that will be presented here… one at a time, though!
First stop: The Butterfly Garden, Washington DC: Link to the exhibit is here.
We had the pleasure to visit the $3million butterfly exhibit at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. The exhibit “Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution” features a 1,200 square foot tropical butterfly garden with approximately 400 butterflies. In the exhibit’s main hall, visitors learn about the co-evolution of butterflies and plants.
The butterfly garden at the Smithsonian is located on the Ninth Street side of the National Museum of Natural History building.
Four distinct habitats – wetland, meadow, wood’s edge and urban garden — encourage visitors to observe the partnerships between plants and butterflies.
The garden is a joint project of the Horticulture Services Division and the Museum with partial funding from the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.
The garden, on view at all times, is a perfect complement to a visit to the O. Orkin Insect Zoo on the second floor of the Museum. [Stay tuned for upcoming posts on other visits to the Smithsonian wonders!]
As a Biologist, mom/teacher and former volunteer at the Natural History Museum (2004), I can say the visit, the explanations, and the teaching/learning combinations are well worthy a day trip with your own children, class students, friends, or simply, a ‘curious soul’… We had the pleasure of being joined by a dear friend, whose patience and care for my children are priceless… Thank you very much, Cherise! ♥
- Butterfly Place and Garden (idlamit.wordpress.com)
- Butterfly Struggle (bridgingthegapblog.wordpress.com)
- Butterfly (littlemuddyboots.co.uk)
- How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden (proflowers.com)
- Butterfly Garden: What You Need to Attract Butterflies (fox4kc.com)