Only Two Spots Left in the Art and Nature Learning Pod

We’re excited to announce that Lori Harris, Certified Master Teacher, Author, Artist, and Owner of Salt Creek Butterfly Farm, created an Art and Nature Learning Pod with amazing exploration units! There are two spots left in the morning class, which is Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 9-12 for 5 year olds so keep reading for all the details before it completely fills.

This article is sponsored by Salt Creek Butterfly Farm, but all opinions are my own.

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How does the learning pod work?

The first day of the Art and Nature Learning Pod is Monday, October 5, 2020 and runs for the full school year. There will be four children in the morning pod, all five year olds, and the nature classroom is in Lori Harris’ backyard and home in Western Springs.

My kids have participated in Salt Creek Butterfly programs in the past and loved them. I have also spent time with Lori at her home and it is a warm and welcoming environment. She is truly a special person and I continue to be impressed with everything she has created for our children over the past seven years.

A small learning pod such as this provides a wonderful environment that allows room for questions and exploration in a safe, self-paced, nurturing environment. At Salt Creek Butterfly Farm, it is their hope that your child will develop and sharpen their inquiry and observation skills through these educational experiences in both art and nature. They will provide opportunities for them to create and interpret, to develop a sensitivity to all living things and to see our inner-connectedness. They hope to instill an appreciation for nature that will grow and last a lifetime.

Exploration Units include:

  • Bees: honey, resources brought into and produced from the hive, lifecycle, jobs of the honeybee, communication, hives, pollinating gardens/orchards
  • Lepidoptera: Giant Silk Moth, butterfly lifecycle, butterfly breeding, habitats
  • Insects: anatomy, harmful, beneficial, biomimicry, methods of protection
  • Migration: horizontal, vertical
  • Vermiculture: soil amendment, composting, worm farms
  • Hydroponics: growing mediums, hobby set ups, farming, raising lettuce
  • Gardening: vegetable, fruit and berry, companion planting
  • Fungi: spores, decomposition
  • Trees: age, height, species, parts of a tree, pods, nuts, seeds, seasonal changes 
  • Plants: parts of a plant, growth and movement, elements required for survival
  • Soil: Rocks, classification, rock polishing, soil sampling, erosion
  • Weather: heat, humidity, cloud types, precipitation
  • Birds:  flight, feathers, identification by sight, bird calls and songs
  • In-depth look at the animals of our region, bookmaking, storytelling
  • Evidence of animal presence: prints, tracks, scat, foraging, nesting
  • Maps: cardinal directions, key, landmarks, routes
  • Human impacts on nature
  • Moon: relationship to Earth, phases, Native American names

What safety measures are being taken?

There will be temperature checks upon arrival, mask-wearing, lots of outdoor time, and fresh air circulation indoors. Salt Creek Butterfly Farm has personal, distanced learning tables, and is confirming each day no family members are experiencing covid symptoms, require negative test before returning if family member tests positive or exposure has taken place in or outside the family unit.

How much does it cost and how do I sign up?

The cost for the Art and Nature Learning Pod is $489/month, starts on October 5, 2020 and runs for the full school year on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. There are currently two spots remaining.

If you have any questions or would like to register your child, call Lori Harris at (708) 601-1080 or email her at lori@saltcreekbutterflyfarm.com.

About Lori Harris

After receiving her certification as a Master Teacher, Lori Stralow Harris worked at Urban Gateways in Chicago for 25 years as a visiting artist and curriculum creator for fine arts magnet schools.

She discovered her love of butterflies and their life cycle as a volunteer at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for nature and conservation. Lori has provided various opportunities for children to learn and explore since she started Salt Creek Butterfly Farm and also devotes her time to giving joy to seniors through an adopt-a-caterpillar program at Plymouth Place in La Grange.

Lori recently wrote and illustrated Butterfly Birthday, a children’s book filled with beautiful oil pastel drawings and rhymes depicting the life of a butterfly, and is working on her next book titled Cocoons in the Woods.

Salt Creek Butterfly Farm
4744 Woodland Avenue
Western Springs IL 60558
(708) 601-1080
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About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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