| The Senior Habitat Gardening program provides technical guidance, leadership and empowerment via creation of precious Colorado pollinator habitat |
SHG creates community pollinator habitat gardens for and with seniors residing in assisted living and memory care facilities throughout the Colorado Front Range.
One of the most common comments Butterfly Pavilion staff hears from visitors is, “I just don’t see as many butterflies as I used to.” Many older community members grew up in Colorado and have witnessed unprecedented development in the state just over the past few decades.
Many elders feel strongly about the natural world, associating it with past experiences and future well-being. The Senior Habitat Gardening Program serves those in the Front Range community by bringing the experience to the audience, instead of the other way around. For those individuals with limited mobility, a nearby habitat garden can provide much-needed contact with nature and a feeling of fulfillment and satisfaction. Some of these people have spent a lifetime in gardens and can contribute their considerable experience and enthusiasm. Other seniors appreciate the sensorial opportunities in the added color and fragrance, situations to work with others, or the chance simply to try something new.
The latest U.S. Census Bureau brief on data from the 2015 Census shows significant growth in the senior demographic, who now make up more than 14.9 percent of the U.S. population. With this swell, there is projected increased demands for and on assisted-living care facilities; Butterfly Pavilion carefully assesses and selects facilities that stand to benefit the most. Nature and horticulture therapy has time and time again demonstrated itself to be both an economically sound and non-pharmacological strategy for improvement of quality of life! Benefits include:
Psychological well-being – feelings of accomplishment, enjoyment, peace
Cognitive benefits - opportunities for creativity, lifelong learning and engagement
Physical therapy – movement, strength-building, flexibility
With your donations, and by reaching a goal of $2,500 - Butterfly Pavilion staff, with the assistance of dedicated volunteers, will again be able to work with elder communities to install four habitat gardens in 2020.
Since 2002, the Senior Habitat Gardening program has provided this experience to over 3000 individuals at 62 different senior facilities in the Denver metro area, and was also recognized with the Citizen/Community Award from Colorado Alliance of Environmental Education in 2010. Participating facilities and their activity directors have expressed their expressed their experiences with the program as overwhelmingly positive!
"Never before have the seniors spent so much time in the courtyard. Residents who were opposed to fresh air and sunshine went outside."
"They felt they were a part of something bigger and better this year. They took more pride in the garden because it was something set up from the outside. They were excited to watch for new insects, and felt a great sense of achievement throughout the summer."
"Our butterfly garden is the gem of the retreat. This summer, we applied and were accepted to be on the Monarch Butterfly Way Station map. We were beyond excited to have a little Monarch Caterpillar in the garden this summer."
"The garden was maintained by our residents, [and they have] really embraced taking care of it. They did all the watering and weeding, and have already gotten it ready for winter. It also helped attract some beautiful butterflies, whose visits are always very much appreciated by our nature-loving Elders. It has been a joy to watch this pollinator habitat grow and provide nourishment for our local pollinators."
Where does your money go?
$10 - Provides a senior facility with a care packet flush with beneficial resources and information regarding care for themselves, their garden, native ecosystems, and the larger environment.
$50 - Provides a senior facility with their own gardening tools to continue with independent work and garden maintenance.
$60 - Supports the purchase of native pollinator-loving wildflower seed for the entire program, annually.
$100 - Provides all native perennial plant stock for a facility's new senior habitat garden.
$405 - Supports Butterfly Pavilion staff from start to finish for site assessment, garden installation, educational programming, and continual follow-up with a senior facility.
$625 - Supports ALL costs involved in providing a senior care facility with a habitat garden and all the resources necessary for education, care and maintenance!
$2,500 - Funds the ENTIRE program for a year!
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