Barefoot in Suburbia

Homeschooling & Special Needs, Inspired by the Montessori Way

Field Trip: Franklin Park Conservatory–Butterflies & Blooms August 30, 2011

This week, we took a field trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio.  During the summer, the conservatory has a program called “Butterflies and Blooms” where they released newly emerged butterflies into the gardens.  The tropical/non-native species are released to an indoor garden and the native species are released outside to the pollinator gardens.  Since we raise butterflies to release in early September every year, it was the perfect opportunity for the kids to see the life cycle happen on a larger scale…with hundreds of chrysalids!

The Franklin Park Conservatory has a permanent Chihuly collection, and so Chihuly's works were incorporated into every exhibit.

 

I loved this piece...it was a glass ceiling with this Chihuly work sitting on top of it.

 

Some cacti in the desert room.

 

Some smaller cacti

 

Blown glass pumpkins in a pumpkin patch

 

Blown glass pears under a pear tree

 

We all sat in on a lecture on glass blowing

 

Some Chihuly pieces floating in a koi pond

 

Jedi watching the fish

 

Cute little Bug

 

Beautiful flower in the Tropical Rainforest indoor butterfly exhibit

 

This blue butterfly was huge! It's hard to see from this picture, but he was easily the size of my hand.

 

Bug and her daddy

 

Monkey & Jedi

 

As she was releasing the butterflies, she gave a talk on the different types she had in her container. We also went to the release of the native butterflies later that afternoon, where she gave a lecture on the lifecycle and migratory patterns of monarch butterflies.

 

Bamboo garden

 

Some glass winged butterflies emerging

 

Walking to the outdoor gardens

 

It was well past naptime for Bug

 

Some flowers in the Pollinator Garden

 

Some pitcher plants

 

Another pitcher plant

 

Sunflowers on a gorgeous day

 

A huge bee doing his job in the Pollinator Garden

 

 

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Field Trip #3: Columbus Museum of Art August 3, 2011

The third field trip we took last week was with the homeschool group to the Columbus  Museum of Art.  The last time we were there, the entire museum was undergoing renovations.  This time, the remodeling is finished, and the museum looks spectacular!  In addition to the wonderful works on display, there is now a large (and very fun) children’s area, as well as children’s activities integrated throughout the museum’s regular exhibits.

Monkey using the magnetic utensil display to attempt to create a face.

 

Jedi trying to make a face with the other magnetic display.

 

Jedi taking a moment to relax in a nook.

 

Jedi & Monkey in the fort building area

 

Monkey & Bug using the animal parts to create new animals.

 

Still working on their creations.

 

Bug looking at the animal displays

 

Bug & Monkey making a magnetic sculpture

 

Bug & Monkey sculpting

 

A beautiful work by Chihuly

 

The kids making sculptures out of packing peanuts and rubber bands

 

Jedi working with some friends from The Attached Mama (http://theattachedmama.blogspot.com/)

 

A lovely piece of art created with scraps of fabric. I'm pretty sure we will have the kids try to recreate this later.

 

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