Chrysalis made by the Monarch catepillars. Jewel-like, aren't they?
I am very impressed by the Metro Park system here.
Blendon Woods was our third park to visit. We went for the program on Monarch butterflies on Saturday at the nature center geared toward kids ages 6-12 (although many younger children came to it as well).
The ranger who led the program did a brilliant job at engaging the children, teaching them (and the parents) about the life/journeys of the magnificent Monarchs. Did you know they can fly over 2,000 miles to migrate from cold climes to warm Mexico? They also seem to fly back to wherever they were born once spring comes around again. Amazing.
The park is just off of Route 161 heading towards New Albany. We have yet to explore the rest of the park (many picnic areas/ a pond, etc).
But the same evening, we did return for the camp-fire story time about the Pioneers who settled in the area from Connecticut. The ranger was dressed in period clothes and had many stories to tell about the old days. She also cooked up Johny cakes and had supplies for s'mores and a big pot of Sassafras Tea.
All for free.