The past several weeks I’ve noticed beautiful Monarch Butterflies floating around when I am driving and often see them drinking nectar from the butterfly bush outside my window. This time of year is when the Monarch Butterflies (the only species of butterfly that has a two-way migration like birds!) start their Fall journey south to their winter breeding ground in Mexico. A friend recently told me about a great local butterfly sanctuary, Butterflies of Cape Cod. Butterflies of Cape Cod is a gift shop and butterfly habitat committed to education and conservation of native butterfly species. We drove up on a warm summer morning and it was a wonderful visit!
The backyard butterfly habitat is a large screened-in room filled with gorgeous potted plants, peaceful music, a calming water feature, and over 7 native species of butterflies flitting around above your head. It was a wonderful place to get to study these amazing insects up close and Butterflies of Cape Cod provided lots of educational information that would appeal to all ages.
The gift shop is beautifully curated and features educational items for kids and a gorgeous selection of field guides, jewelry, and home decor items.
As part of my shop launch, I wanted to test out one of my Explorer Guides before I made it available to the public. The Naturskola Explorer Guides are printable nature lessons that lead young explorers through an engaging learning experience to teach them about the incredible natural phenomena we can see in our own backyards. The butterfly habitat at Butterflies of Cape Cod was a perfect place to visit and photograph the Explorer Guide, though I’ll admit my test subject was a bit young to understand it all 🙂 Be sure to sign up for the free family fun library to get your own copy of my Monarch Butterfly Explorer Guide! Now is the time to observe these butterflies in the wild as they make their annual migration south. And please be sure to share your adventures with the hashtag #exploreONH!