Weekly WalkUps return to the Children’s Garden

Weekly WalkUps return to the Children’s Garden

Summer Favorite Weekly WalkUps are back!

  • June 28 – August 13
  • Monday – Friday, 10am – Noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Drop-in activities; $2 suggested donation per child

Come to the Children’s Garden for some fun activities that explore the world of plants.

  • Make-It Mondays: Children will “make and take” something home using a variety of natural and human-made craft materials.
  • Plant-astic Tuesdays: Each week learn about a new beautiful or tasty plant and pot up its seed to take home and grow on your own.
  • Reading Wednesdays: It’s that time of year when Reading Wednesdays moves back outside. We’ll be reading nature-inspired books that connect children with what is growing and changing in the Garden each week.
  • Blooming Thursdays: Learn about what plants are blooming that week in the Children’s Garden. Then go on a hunt to find that plant yourself!
  • Find-it Fridays: This is a self-guided scavenger hunt, leading you on a discovery of nature in the Children’s Garden with all of its shapes, textures, and beautiful colors.

Make it a morning at the Gardens! Participate in the Weekly WalkUp activity, play in the Thunder Fountain, have a picnic, or ride Mo’s Carousel (open Wednesday through Thursday, 12-5pm; Friday, 12-8pm). Bring a towel and water shoes! 

Monarchs on the Move  

Monarchs on the Move  

As the monarch flutters its wings and settles on to the outstretched hand of Kaitlin Bacon, the manager of the Children’s Garden at Myriad Botanical Gardens gently lifts the beautiful orange and black butterfly out of its temporary nest.

Lily Peppers, the youth education coordinator, explains to a handful of children and their parents that it’s OK to touch the delicate creature on the underside of its wings while she carefully affixes a small sticker there. Then on the count of three, the monarch lifts off and takes flight to the cheers of all.

Each year, monarchs migrate south in winter and north in summer. To gain more information about this incredible phenomenon, and learn about the yearly monarch migration to their wintering spot in central Mexico and back, tagging was initiated in 1992 to help us further understand this mind-boggling journey.

Oklahoma is perfectly located along the monarch migration highway. Tagging these butterflies as they make their way south helps answer a host of questions about the migration, from the timing and pace, to mortality during the trip. Each butterfly tagged is uniquely coded, with a new set of codes issued each migration season. The tags do not harm the butterfly or disturb its flight in any way. Taggers record the tag code, date, gender of the butterfly, and their geographic location before releasing the butterfly to continue its flight. The data collected is submitted to Monarch Watch, a large-scale national tagging program, and used for research, with the majority of tags recovered in central Mexico.

With the fall migration underway, monarch tagging is a great way for citizen-scientists to help understand the lifecycle of monarchs. Monarch Watch offers tagging kits that include a set of tags, instructions, a datasheet, and additional monarch migration information. Tagging kits are available shop.monarchwatch.org