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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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Sometimes Wrong is Alright

Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

Last week, I was eavesdropping on visitors in the garden. I must confess to doing this every chance I get.

On this day, a mother was walking with her young child and pointing out butterflies, flowers and bugs at every turn.  The child was fascinated, rather than fearful, of all the bees and wasps that were also flying.

I couldn’t help but smile as I thought to myself, “Wow, this mom is really doing things right. What a wonderful teacher she is.”

Then I overheard her say, “Look! Look at all these little butterflies!  They are babies that will grow up to be big like those.”

I looked over just as she pointed to Tawny Emperors and Queens on the lantana and flame vine.

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