Our students went to visit the beautiful Leu Gardens this spring to celebrate their unit on plants and insects! Leu Gardens is a great place to visit this time of year. Students were delighted by the many habitats they were able to observe. From the butterfly habitat, where we released our butterflies; to the lake, where we observed fish and a family of turtles... Leu Gardens offered many opportunities for children to observe what they learned in the classroom to making new discoveries and asking more questions.
The students were also able to "travel back in time" while touring the home of the Leu Garden founders. The gardens and historical home were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane.
Should you get a chance to visit Leu Gardens, be sure to bring a camera, though the pictures will not do it justice.
Check out our butterfly release below!
The butterflies we released are called Painted Lady Butterflies. They look very similar to Monarch butterflies. We ordered our butterflies from Insectlore and received 5 larvae. We watched them grow through each stage, in our classroom, for about three weeks before they changed in the adult butterflies.