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Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

It’s my job at the National Butterfly Center, to see the big picture and plot a course for us to achieve abstract visions and concrete dreams.  Sometimes the future seems so fantastical I cannot imagine ever reaching there.  Other times, I get bogged down in the mapping and weary from the steering. 

When this happens, I can usually be found crying at my desk. 

My son says this is necessary to clean the pollen, dust and bird poop off my windshield to the world.

“You know, Mom, all that nasty stuff like bug guts that gets stuck there and makes it hard to see,” explains Nicholas.

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Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

Children today spend an average of 7.5 minutes outside for every 7 hours they spend online.

Just let that sink in.

This statement by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, silenced the packed room at the opening ceremony of the Children & Nature International Conference.

I signed up to attend and traveled to St. Paul for one specific reason, and suddenly, my agenda was blown.

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