The Abbe Museum is pleased to offer a brand new program for families interested in connecting their children with nature, culture, and art in new ways: the Butterfly Keepers Club. Young people who participate in this club will learn the role of butterflies in an ecosystem and their cultural significance to the Wabanaki and other Indigenous communities. Each participant will be given a caterpillar to observe and twice a week we will meet to discuss their development, hear stories, and create art. Through this program, youth are encouraged to learn more about traditional ecological knowledge, as well as western science regarding pollinators and the environmental threats that are endangering these species. This club is meant to engage youth in learning and caring about the environment using an environmental education design where they will not only build their knowledge and understanding of the topics but also foster attitudes of caring and responsibility, build skills to resolve challenges, and execute active strategies to overcome those challenges.
Participants must sign up ahead of time. This program costs $45 per child and is recommended for those 5-12 years of age. Meetings will be held once a week for 2 1/2 weeks (August 6 to 20). Become an Abbe Museum member and get this program for free for up to two of your children. Interested? Sign up by emailing email@example.com or by calling (207) 288-3519. Refunds are not available.