Here at the Zoo, the Hix Institute for Research and Conservation has had a lot of success teaching kids about the importance of conservation through games — especially BIG games like Tropical Topple, our 6-foot-tall Jenga-like game that teaches kids about the interconnectedness of species, as well as Polar Bear Plunge, our larger than life version of Don’t Break the Ice that teaches kids some simple things they can do to help protect polar bears in the wild.
To help celebrate the opening of Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group, we’ve done it again! Through a game called Butterfly Builders, which was inspired by the Cootie game from “back in the day,” kids will get to construct their own giant butterflies. Butterfly Builders teaches children what makes a butterfly a butterfly. Children can also learn about the butterfly species that are native to Indiana and also how to create a butterfly habitat in their own backyard.
Butterfly Builders will be a regular fixture in White River Gardens during Butterfly Kaleidoscope, which continues through Sept. 3, 2013. In addition, Butterfly Builders will most likely make appearances with Conservation Station at some local festivals this spring and fall.
“We hope guests will appreciate the importance of butterflies and other insects,” said Program Development Specialist Tolly Foster, who helped design the game. “We’ll be encouraging them to create spaces and plant flowers to help local butterfly species.”
This big game is already proving to be a big hit, so come and try your hand at Butterfly Builders!