Well…. just our luck that we have a “heat wave” and a garden that needs to be cared for. Thank goodness for our WPS Families who are donating their time to helping out with our garden watering. Here is our schedule:
A great big THANK YOU to all of the families who are helping out!
For Immediate Release
June 12, 2018
Contact: Judith Serra, Phone: (908) 534-0026 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitehouse Preparatory School’s Planting Day Put the Final Touches On Their New Readington Township Community Butterfly Garden.
The staff, families,alumni and current students of Whitehouse Prep came together to plant native nectaring plants and milkweed to create a Monarch Waystation for butterflies in their sponsored Readington Township Community Garden on Sunday June 11th.
It might have been a rainy day, but that did not stop the students and families from Whitehouse Prep from planting 154 native nectaring plants in their sponsored Community Garden. “It was such a great feeling to see alumni from as far back as ten years ago and current families working together to create such a beautiful garden,” said Judith Serra,Head of School and founder of Whitehouse Prep.
The children learn about monarch butterflies as a part of their experiential science curriculum at Whitehouse Prep. One of the main objectives of the preschool and kindergarten curriculum is to learn to appreciate nature and then spread that appreciation of nature to the community as stewards of the environment. This community project gave them the perfect opportunity to carry out their stewardship for years to come. In addition to planting the plants, the families have all signed up for days to water and take care of the garden as well. According to Judith Serra, “This will give the children an opportunity to not only execute a plan that they developed but to learn responsibilty and the importance of caring for nature.” As an outcome of their curriculum “Tools of the Mind”, creating a plan and then doing what they planned is something that is taught at Whitehouse Prep.
Prehaps the most exciting thing that happened in the creation of this special community garden was that when the children and parents were creating the beds in early May, one of the children found a monarch egg on an exisiting milkweed plant. They took it back to school and fed it lots of milkweed leaves, watched it create its chrysalis and on June 12th (two days after the planting day), the monarch caterpillar emerged from its chrysalis and was released from the school. It was a great moment for the staff and children to see it fly away in hopes that it will fly to their new garden.
The teachers and staff are all trained through the Monarch Teacher’s Network and they all have a passion for making sure that this beautiful butterfly continues to exist. The newly formed Waystation at the Readington Community Garden is certified through Monarch Watch and its Waystation number is 19358. They will now document that they had their first released butterfly from the Waystation on June 12th. It very well may be the first Monarch Butterfly raised and released from a Waystation in NJ. For more information on how to create,conserve and protect Monarch Butterflies you can visit www.MonarchWatch.org.
Well, this morning our butterfly came out of its chrysalis! When we opened the school this morning, the chrysalis was clear and by 7 am we had a beautiful butterfly! Our community garden is ready for her to go to! We found her there as an egg and we just finished the garden yesterday! It was just in time!
June 10, 2018
Planting Day Is A Success!
The families of Whitehouse Prep alumni and current students helped to plant polinting flowers in our Readington Township Community Butterfly Garden. The children had fun rekindling old friendships and make new ones as well. It was a rainy Sunday morning but that did not stop us from planting 150 milkweed and polinating flowers for butterflies. The children planted plants they purchased from Wild Ridge Plants. Wild Ridge Plants sold WPS families native and deer resistant perennial plants for the Community Garden. The township of Readington preferred that we plant native species and that is what we planted. The children each planted the flowers they ordered and put a name plate by each plant. The gardens are now full of Blazing Stars, Rose Mallow, Wild Bergamot, Golden Ragwort and Broadleaf Mountain Mint plants. The garden beds were all planted and arranged by the children and their families.
Whitehouse Prep receives a grant from the National Resources Defense Council Green Gifts Program
Whitehouse Preparatory School is working to make their Community Monarch Butterfly Waystation Garden a perfect environment for butterflies. The children grew their own Butterfly Weed milkweed from seed and they got even more milkweed through a grant through Monarch Watch and the Natural Resources Defense Council Green Gifts Program. They got 32 milkweed plugs to plant in their garden along with the milkweed that they grew. The alumni and current students also purchased native polinating plants that are deer resistant to be planted in the garden through Wild Ridge Plants. All of these plants will be planted on our Planting Day on Sunday June 10th at Cornhusker’s Park in Readington Township. The staff, children and families of Whitehouse Prep are very grateful to all of the parents who purchased flowers as well as the milkweed donated to our garden.
A beautiful chrysalis has been formed! It will become a beautiful Monarch Butterfly in 10 to 14 days! It is going to be so exciting to see one so soon!
Our Monarch caterpillar is a third instar already! We can not wait to see how much she grows over the long weekend!
I am amazed to have found a Monarch egg that hatched today here at Whitehouse Prep! We were digging our beds for the Readington Butterfly Waystation and we found an egg. I took it home and it hatched today!!! This is very early for NJ! We may be able to release it for our Planting Day or Graduation!!! We are sooooo excited!
May 13, 2018
Ava, Anna and Mrs. Serra found an egg during our Garden Bed Making Day yesterday. Mrs. Serra took it back to Whitehouse Prep along with some milkweed from the site. We will raise it and it might come out around our planting day.
Garden Bed Making Day
A great big THANK YOU to the Bridgewater Boy Scout Troup 88, Dan Cammerer, Russell Carre, Kate and Ava Larrea,Toros Kapoian and Tony Serra for breaking ground and creating five planting beds at the Monarch Waystation Buttefly Garden site at Cornhusker’s Park in Readington Township. They began with a rainy start but they all persisted in making our plans become a reality!! Thank you all so much!
Mrs. Serra told the children today about the Monarch Butterfly Waystation Garden that they are going to help create in Readington Township. She read them the story The Puddle Garden to teach them about what they would need to do to make a butterfly garden. They were excited that the milkweed plants that they have already grown will be used to make this special garden!! They are also excited to plant some native pollinating flowers there on our Planting Day, June 10th. It will be a special place for them to enjoy for years to come!
Judy Serra attended a Readington Township Committee Meeting and got approval from the Township Committee and the Open Space Committee to create the Waystation.
The Whitehouse Prep School families and staff are excited about the creation of and their Monarch Waystation certified by Monarch Watch on open space property at the Cornhuskers Park in Readington Township! This page will document the wonderful learning experience of helping Monarch Butterflies.