Butterfly Habitat offers Dulles Elementary Students Hands-on Learning in Science Indoor learning is rewarding for students, but just as enjoyable are outdoor classrooms that allow students to experience nature at its best. Students at Dulles Elementary School are doing just that by visiting the living butterfly habitat that was created on their campus this year.
The butterfly habitat supports the second-grade science unit for this year and offers students hands-on learning experiences. To work in the garden, students take on roles as data collectors, rule makers, scribers and planters.
The school’s PTO raised funds for the outdoor project through its “Caterpillar Coin” fundraiser. The funds were used to purchase garden tools, and flowers and plants for butterflies and caterpillars. The school also commissioned Jimmy Turner of Decks for Less to build the raised bed in the garden, and received overwhelming support from Don Johnson and the Cockrell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, as well as parent volunteers. The PTO also plans to raise funds for a weather station and science and nature pods to accommodate multiple student learning groups in the outdoor classroom.