Butterfly Station and Organic Garden 2018 Season information

Butterfly Station open for the season starting July 16

The Butterfly Station, a student-run butterfly house and native plant garden, is set to open for the 2018 season starting Monday, July 16. Tours will be held daily, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Aug. 10. Located on the grounds of FMS, this is the station’s 20th year of operation. Besides walking among butterflies, visitors can watch how numerous butterfly species are raised in the metamorphosis room, make free butterfly projects in the craft room, and community members of all ages can enjoy the many interactive butterfly exhibits in the museum room.

Special events this year include:

  • “Enjoying the Great Outdoors,” a program on tick safety, presented by Joellen Lampman  from Cornell University. Monday, July 23 at 11 a.m.
  • “Silent Wings,” the annual birds of prey program will return the week of July 23, with details to be announced.
  • Butterfly Release Day, with special guest Senora Dugan, FMS Spanish teacher. Friday, Aug. 10 at 11 a.m.

New this year, there will be a student “artist in residence” in the museum from July 23-Aug. 9 and a “research station” for visitors ages 7-11.

Full details to follow at the start of the season.

The FMS Organic Garden is looking for volunteers

This summer, students and their families are invited to help maintain the organic garden at FMS. Work hours will run Monday through Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. (most weeks) beginning July 9.

Students in grades 5-12 can sign up to help by filling out this Google form and will be contacted via email with their schedule.  Students going into grades 6-12 will receive community service credit for their time.

Also, new students in grades K-4 are invited to help and learn about the garden this summer. K -4 students can volunteer and visit during open hours when accompanied by an adult.

Please be on the lookout for additional opportunities on some evenings and weekends.

Below are the current open hours for the 2018 FMS Organic Garden. Note: All hours are weather permitting.​​

July 2, 3,5 and 6
9 to 11:30 a.m.

July 9-13; July 30-Aug. 3; Aug. 6-10; Aug, 13-17; Aug. 20-24 and Aug. 27-31
9 to 11:30 a.m.

If you have questions please email Mrs. Alicia Malanga Organic Garden Coordinator at malangaa@guilderlandschools.net.





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