We promote the exploration of the mysteries of the life cycle of butterflies
and emphasize the ecological relationship between caterpillars and plants and animals.
Egg. Larva. Pupa. Butterfly. That’s magic!
We make learning this basic science fun using magic, puppets and humor. We go through a metamorphosis and become The Instars for these programs. Chris, the caterpillar puppet, helps audiences understand the importance of caterpillars in different ecosystems.
Our Butterfly Magic programs are designed for elementary audiences in grades K through 3 and families. The program complements events such as butterfly festivals, insect events, school assemblies
and nature events.
Steve leads the design and maintenance of the Native Caterpillar Cafe’
at the Botanical Gardens in Springfield, Missouri. Amy provides gardening and marketing support for this garden.
The purpose of the garden is to educate people on the importance of native host plants for caterpillars and the ecological role caterpillars play as a food source for other animals.
Read about how Steve and Amy volunteer in this unique garden.
Garden Newsletter – see p. 2.
“Steve and Amy are a delight to work with and they delivered even more than we expected of them. They developed new material specifically for our butterfly festival. They offered more entertainment time than contracted and they were a delight for kids and adults alike. The butterfly education mixed with humor was perfect for our festival audience.”
Lisa Bakerink, Executive Director, Friends of the Garden, Springfield Botanical Gardens