Lower School Earns Grant to Expand Butterfly Garden

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Heathwood's Lower School is one of 10 schools nationwide to earn a 2019-20 Samull grant from the National Herb Society of America. EC/LS Science Teacher Natalie Ashenfelter applied for the grant to support the goal of expanding Heathwood's Butterfly Garden, which serves as a certified Monarch Waystation. 

The grant will allow Ms. Ashenfelter and her students to create an additional four herb gardens featuring nectar and host plants and to work toward establishing these gardens as certified butterfly gardens by the North American Butterfly Association. 

Monarch Waystations like Heathwood's provide resources for the millions of monarch butterflies that migrate from the U.S. and Canada to Mexico each year. Hosting monarchs at Heathwood also allows students to recognize the value of herbs and butterflies and appreciate the symbiotic relationship between them, Ms. Ashenfelter said.

The Herb Society's Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grants allow students in grades 3-6 to establish herb gardens, with a goal of creating an interest in gardening with herbs, both in and beyond the classroom.