Rick Mikula, known around the country as “The Butterfly Guy,” presented a Saturday afternoon educational program to a group of 49 children and adults at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum. It was the first public program hosted at the new center by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum.
In a lively demonstration, Mikula donned hand-sewn butterfly-parts to illustrate anatomy. His PowerPoint presentation included photos of many caterpillars and butterflies. He showed how to handle and transport butterflies, and then put a number of live butterflies into a house he had made of netting and embroidery hoops. At the conclusion of the program, the children were encouraged to ask questions and touch the butterflies.
Dr. Alexander Fitzburgh, an expert in the propagation of rhododendrons and azaleas, recently led a plant propagation workshop at the new educational greenhouse at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road, Wayne. Dr. Fitzburgh, is past president of the NJ Rhododendron Society and the Tappan Zee Rhododendron Society and past president of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA). The arboretum is known for its extensive collection of rhododendrons grown and propagated by its founders, John and Dorothy Knippenberg.
A volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently teamed up with the Laurelwood Arboretum in Wayne, a 30-acre public park featuring nature trails, gardens, plants and trees. The Team Columbia volunteers helped to remove weeds from several gardens and planted assorted wild flowers and plants.
“We are extremely pleased to assist the Laurelwood Arboretum with their vision to create a botanical oasis for everyone to enjoy,” said Thomas Kemly, Columbia Bank’s President and CEO. “As a true community bank, Team Columbia remains committed to helping local community endeavors that make a difference in people’s lives.”
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will host a free Native Tree Tour on Thursday, August 20, at 4 p.m. The tour will begin at the Knippenberg Center for Education at the arboretum, which is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
“This is an excellent opportunity for children and adults to learn about the native trees in Laurelwood on this new educational walking tour,” said Bonnie Joachim, FOLA’s program chairperson. The tour will be led by FOLA’s plant idenitifcation team. For more information, send an email to email@example.com or call 973-202-9579.
The Native Tree Tour is one of a series of educational programs and activities sponsored by FOLA.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will host a family program led by Rick Mikula, known as “The Butterfly Guy.” The program will begin on Saturday, August 15 at 4 pm in the new Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. The cost is $15 per person, but the program is free for FOLA members and children accompanied by an adult. Non-members can join on the day of the event.
“Rick Mikula has been breeding and sharing his love of butterflies for over 35 years,” said Bonnie Joachim, FOLA’s program chairperson. “Both children and adults will enjoy his humorous and informative walk through the Sensory Garden and beyond in the arboretum.” Continue reading →