The students have been very interested in the milkweed that we find growing in many parts of the woodlot. In the summer, large numbers of small flowers grow in round clusters near the tops of the milkweed plants. Recently, we noticed that green seed pods have replaced the blossoms. In the coming weeks, the seed pods will dry and crack open, releasing small flat seeds attached to silky white hairs. We discussed how the seeds will be dispersed by the wind to grow into new plants. The children know that the milkweed is important to monarch butterflies, so we are mindful of caring for the plants.
We feel so fortunate to have these wonderful community spaces nearby which provide endless opportunity to challenge our bodies and minds