Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden

Pathways for Children we ©Kim Smith 2014

Since 1967, Pathways for Children has been a leader in early education and care programs on local, state, and national levels, bringing together children from all walks of life to learn the values of community, respect, and education. Pathway’s children learn to value themselves and their place in the world.

Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden  After ©Kim Smith 2014.

My objectives in designing the Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden, which is located within an urban environment, were several-fold. The flower borders are planted with an array of native North American perennial and annual wildflowers that support myriad species of pollinators. The arbor invites the child to the garden as the flower-lined walkway is the path to learning about the butterflies, songbirds, hummingbirds, and bees drawn to the nectar-rich flora. The garden was installed in mid-June of 2014 and enriching educational programs are being developed by the teachers, inspired by the flourishing flora and wildlife newly inhabiting the garden.

Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden Zinnia ©Kim Smith 2014.

Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden Milkweed ©Kim Smith 2014.

Cleome & Morning Glories Pathways for children ©Kim Smith 2014

Sunflower Pathways for Children ©Kim Smith

Pathways for Children butterfly garden sunflower ©Kim Smith 2014

The pollinator garden provides living lessons where the students and teachers meet at the welcoming trellis in the circular classroom, surrounded by blooms and butterflies.

Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

Before photos of the Pathways for Children future site of the butterfly garden, taken in May 2014. Pathways for Children butterfly garden before ©Kim Smith 2014Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden BEFORE ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

Pathways for Children Mission Statement ~ To serve the best interests of infant through adolescent children and their families – whether disadvantaged by circumstance or in search of opportunity – by delivering the empowering gift of quality educational, social development, and support services that strengthen the family unit and the community.

See more posts about the Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden:

Dedication of the Pathways Butterfly Garden

Hooray for Pathway’s for Children’s Brand New Butterfly Garden

On Behalf of Pathways for Children and Myself ~ Thank you to the Beautiful Manchester Garden Club Ladies!

Breaking Ground for New Butterfly Garden at Pathways for Children

Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden school bus ©Kim Smith 2014.

Toads Welcome!Elizabeth's Toad ©Kim Smith

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