Nursery’s first integrated exploration of the school year focused on a Butterflies unit. Working with real caterpillars, students followed the metamorphosis of the Painted Lady butterfly as they completed observational drawings, used stories and reference books as sources of information, and acted out the different stages of a butterfly’s life cycle. The concept of “change” was a natural entry point into the transitional phase of a new school year. As a culmination of this study, the students released their butterflies in the Peace Garden at the Lower School on October 5. Later that day, they kicked off their next unit of study, Harvest, with a field trip to the Milk Pail Orchard, where they picked Empire apples.