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Oct 7
nybg:

kqedscience:

We’re blown away by the incredible animated infographics by Eleanor Lutz at Tabletop Whale! 

A beautiful way to represent a wealth of information. We’ll never look at dragonflies the same way again! ~LM

Cool! We’ve seen quite a few of these butterflies at Maymont recently.

nybg:

kqedscience:

We’re blown away by the incredible animated infographics by Eleanor Lutz at Tabletop Whale

A beautiful way to represent a wealth of information. We’ll never look at dragonflies the same way again! ~LM

Cool! We’ve seen quite a few of these butterflies at Maymont recently.

New Ikebana Sculpture in Japanese Garden

Along with the changing leaves, a new bamboo sculpture is transforming the landscape in Maymont’s Japanese Garden this fall. The fanciful display was created by members of Ikebana of Richmond, Inc. led by Libby Haynes who practices and teaches the floral art of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Visit the garden now through October to view this creative temporary exhibit.

“I wanted the arrangement to reflect the three Ikebana elements of Line, Color and Mass which are most important in the process of creating Ikebana,” Haynes said. “In the arrangement, the split bamboo is Line. The bamboo balls in fall colors are Mass and Color.”

Others who helped bring the sculpture to life are Haynes’ husband, Howard, and  close friend, Nathan Roberts, as well as members of Ikebana of Richmond – Noriko Burke, Annette Ernst, Alice Litchfield, Paula Nachman, Bay Seale and Kumiko Suzuki.

Sogetsu Ikebana is a three-dimensional artistic expression composed of flower and plant material. Although it is based on Japanese tradition, it is a school that strives for a modern fresh style and promotes an Ikebana of no limits in which plant materials of any type are used to be displayed anywhere and in any circumstance.

lnoellagrenier:

"Via Florum" 2013.

lnoellagrenier:

"Via Florum" 2013.

Nurture Students with Nature

Research has shown us that kids who have more experience in nature gain tremendous benefits, including a greater attention span, better classroom behavior, and a positive impact on academic scores. Some studies have shown lower obesity rates in children that spend more time outside, and learning about the outdoors while being outdoors can be beneficial to all types of learners. – Kate Quarles, Maymont Manager of Environmental Education

As summer winds down, the Environmental Education staff at Maymont is getting ready for another great school year, teaching thousands of students about the natural world in onsite and offsite programs. Most programs include one of Maymont’s animal ambassadors as a part of the lesson which is a fun, attention-grabbing way to help students make a connection with the program topic. In our Life Cycles programs, for instance, we review butterfly metamorphosis which most kids have mastered in the classroom. They really take notice, though, when they are able to see (and touch!) a beetle, which undergoes a transformation similar to the butterfly, at the larva and adult stages.  It’s important that the kids understand that this incredible change is not exclusive to caterpillars! Turtles, owls, snakes and now alligators also assist educators in our programs, and for many, this is their first close encounter with a wild animal. Using the outdoors helps students make connections between themselves and the world that surrounds them. Learn more about Maymont’s educational field trips at http://www.maymont.org/school-programs.

Have you seen the new American alligators and lined seahorses at the Maymont Nature Center? Check them out on your next visit. The Nature Center is open Tue-Sun from 10am to 5pm, and it will be open on Labor Day Monday too! https://www.maymont.org/nature-visitor-center

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Seahorse! #Maymont

Have you seen our new lined seahorses, a species native to the Chesapeake Bay? Look for them in the Nature Center.

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Seahorse! #Maymont

Have you seen our new lined seahorses, a species native to the Chesapeake Bay? Look for them in the Nature Center.

Jul 8
Look at all the colorful koi!

Look at all the colorful koi!

labbugs:

June 14, 2014 - Maymont Park

At the end of the Bumble Bee Jamboree, the butterfly tent released their native butterflies, which included monarchs. I was able to get some pictures of the monarchs as we were packing up our things. I loved the orange and black of the monarchs against the orange and green of the plant!

babygoatsandfriends:

Another BABY GOAT STAMPEDE
Via here

Oh my goodness - too cute!

babygoatsandfriends:

Another BABY GOAT STAMPEDE

Via here

Oh my goodness - too cute!

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