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Course Syllabus: Butterfly Gardens


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Course Description

 

Welcome to our course on butterfly gardens. Butterflies are beautiful and delightful members of the insect family, not only fun to watch, but also to raise. For those interested in observing and enjoying numerous butterfly species, there's no better way to attract them than to create a butterfly garden. Throughout this course, students will learn how to attract butterflies based on their species and focusing on planting the types of flowers they prefer. Creating butterfly-friendly habitats means designing an eco-friendly butterfly garden that provides butterflies with adequate sources of food, sunlight, and shelter.

When considering a butterfly garden, students will also learn different approaches to raising butterflies and how to care for them at all stages of development. A variety of feeding methods will be explored, as will the importance of choosing the right kind of plants and flowers that produce life-giving nectar. In addition, students will learn how to watch for and identify a variety of butterfly behaviors including feeding, basking, and mating.

A butterfly garden requires not only routine grounds maintenance, but also considerations for providing butterflies with a variety of housing options, feeders, and protection against pests and predators. While butterflies are perfectly capable of surviving in a wild environment, it never hurts to provide them with a backup, and we'll offer several easy and inexpensive ways to provide shelter, food, and water for your butterflies.

Students are encouraged to use their own imagination when creating a butterfly garden, but we'll also provide a brief description of some of the most popular butterfly gardens and exhibits in the United States to get you started. The course on butterfly gardens concludes with the basics of raising taxa-specific butterflies, including some of the most popular species found throughout the United States.

Course Requirements

At least a high school reading and writing educational level is required.

Course Topics

 

Lesson 1: Creating a Butterfly Garden - The Basics

Lesson 2: Attracting Butterflies

Lesson 3: Designing a Butterfly Garden

Lesson 4: Approaches to Butterfly Raising

Lesson 5: Caring for Butterfly Immatures

Lesson 6: Feeding Methods

Lesson 7: Butterfly Behaviors

Lesson 8: Butterfly Garden Maintenance

Lesson 9: Butterfly Gardens and Exhibits in the U.S.

Lesson 10: Raising Taxa-Specific Butterflies

Course Materials

All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz. Some of the lessons will also include an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe creating a butterfly garden - the basics.
  • Describe ways to attract butterflies.
  • Know designing a butterfly garden and approaches to raising butterflies.
  • Describe caring for butterfly immatures and feed methods.
  • Know butterfly behaviors.
  • Describe butterfly garden maintenance, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

Lesson 1 Assignment1
Lesson 1: Creating a Butterfly Garden - The Basics Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment1
Lesson 2: Attracting Butterflies Exam10
Lesson 3 Assignment1
Lesson 3: Designing a Butterfly Garden Exam10
Lesson 4 Assignment1
Lesson 4: Approaches to Butterfly Raising Exam10
Lesson 5: Caring for Butterfly Immatures Exam10
Lesson 6 Assignment1
Lesson 6: Feeding Methods Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment1
Lesson 7: Butterfly Behaviors Exam10
Lesson 8: Butterfly Garden Maintenance Exam10
Lesson 9 Assignment1
Lesson 9: Butterfly Gardens and Exhibits in the U.S.Exam10
Lesson 10 Assignment1
Lesson 10: Raising Taxa-Specific Butterflies Exam10
The Final Exam30
Total Points:138
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