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.
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.
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 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.
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