Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Bohdan and his monarch wings

Bohdan and his monarch wings

So many of you know we are huge butterfly fans – so in March we took off for Victoria and visited the Victoria Butterfly Gardens and the Victoria Bug Zoo!  It was an amazing trip – and if you or your littles are big fans of bugs, insects and butterflies then you must check it out!

The Great Mormon from the Phillipines

2 Great Mormon butterflies from the Phillipines

The Butterfly Garden has a huge exhibit full of beautiful birds, butterflies, and even a few friendly turtles. We loved watching all the various species of butterflies flutter about, and even had a few land on our bodies. My personal favourite is the Blue Morpho and it was March Morpho Month so the garden was full of these stunning blue butterflies.

Blue Morpho Butterfly from Costa Rica

Blue Morpho Butterfly from Costa Rica

Besides all the beautiful butterflies, we loved getting up close and personal with Leo the parrot, watching all the flamingo’s and looking for the gecko’s!

Flamingo's and turtles on a log!

Flamingo’s and turtles on a log!

They have a great display case of all the cocoons and we loved watching the various stages of metamorphosis for the various butterflies. Bohdan was of course extremely proud to wear his monarch wings while we visited the gardens.

White Tree Nymph from the Phillipines

White Tree Nymph from the Phillipines

 

Not only was this trip on our PNW (Pacific North West) list of things to do before we leave, it was also motivated by my 4-yr olds interest in insects and butterflies. As I waffle back and forth on whether we will choose the traditional schooling route or fully immerse ourselves in unschooling I realize that what we have been doing since the beginning is child-centered learning and what I would call unschooling.

Tropical Birds at the Garden

Tropical Birds at the Garden

So basically whenever our kids start taking an interest in something, my husband and I do whatever we can to encourage that learning and with a wide range of mediums. Thus, the trip to Victoria!  The bug zoo was fantastic, we got to see bugs that thus far we’ve only ever read about (praying mantis, mexican red-kneed tarantula, and a fantastic inside look at leaf-cutter ant colonies) I unfortunately have no pictures of the bug zoo – but take my word for it, it’s worth the trip!

Intently watching the proboscis of the butterfly

Intently watching the proboscis of the butterfly

 

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