Butterfly Garden
Nature Trail

The butterfly garden has over 40 different kinds of flowers and bushes. Among these are: pincushion, basil, sunflowers, cosmos, verbena, mint, red poker, coral bells, zinnias, yarrow, butterfly bush, blanket flower, and many others. Students are able to study habitat, different types of insects, do art projects related to the garden, collect seeds, listen to birdsongs, and identify birds. We have documented 26 birds that have visited ETAA gardens for food and shelter. Among these are: Mockingbirds, Scrub Jays, Red-Tailed Hawks, Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Finches, Seagulls, Anna's Hummingbird, Mourning Doves, Roadrunners, Crows, Starlings, and many others.

butterfly on a yellow flower

We are located on a ten acre site in Madera, California. In the spring of 2006, we held a tree planting day and created a nature trail. Subsequent to this event, we have been certified by the National Wildlife Federation as Schoolyard Habitat for Wildlife. Throughout our campus you will see evidence of love for wildlife.

ETAA's Butterfly and Tree Trail is aligned with science content standards related to habitat and the environment. We currently have over 30 different kinds of trees including: fig, apricot, apple, willow, orange, plum,cedar, redwood, acacia, dogwood, redbud, and many others that provide shelter and nectar for Hummingbirds, butterflies and other birds.

Butterfly on a pink flower
Butterflies, Hummingbirds, and other birds require a variety of food sources. At ETAA, we have planted an array of plants to provide rich nectar for butterflies and hummers, but we also have fruit trees that are loved by Mockingbirds, Cedar Waxwings, and Scrub Jays. We also are careful to leave seedheads so that Gold Finches and Sparrows are able to get food during the months of September through December. The beautiful aspect of our garden is that our students see firsthand what an amazing magnet it is to attracting butterflies and birds. Many of the trees also serve as host plants. Caterpillars, which become butterflies, appreciated the food source. Our goal remains the same: LET'S KEEP PLANTING!