This is a refreshing story about the elementary school I attended as springling. It’s good to see that Geneva is doing some quality education these days. This gives me hope for the future generations in this area.
On Earth Day, Marley had her students working in the outdoor classroom to prepare plants for an annual migration of monarch butterflies through the area. The students are growing milkweed, which provides nourishment for the butterflies and a place to lay their eggs.
The eggs will then hatch and caterpillars will emerge. The caterpillars will later weave a cocoon where they will change into butterflies, emerging a few weeks later. Monarch butterflies typically migrate north and south as seasons change. Because they have a short lifespan, generations of the butterflies make the migrations north and south.
Marley said lessons about butterflies and how the availability of plants influences their population is a valuable lesson for Earth Day.
“Students need to realize that every single aspect of nature has a purpose and that if you remove something, it’s going to affect more than one species,” she said.
Earth Day was established in 1970 in the U.S. as an annual day to show support for protecting the environment. Since then it has spread to 192 countries and is celebrated with demonstrations and educational events.