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Flutter fest takes flight in Vail

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailySawyer Nestlerode, 9, watches as his butterfly takes flight from his hand in Vail, Colorado Wednesday during the annual butterfly launch at the Betty Ford Gardens

VAIL, Colorado ” Four hundred third graders from nine Vail Valley schools released butterflies Wednesday at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, Colorado

The students had raised the painted lady butterflies from caterpillars.

Third-graders Citlaly Garduno and Erin Keeney, both 9, from Brush Creek Elementary School in Eagle, especially admired one butterfly, which remained attached to Garduno’s finger long after the others had disappeared into the Gardens.

“He landed on my skirt, and I gave it to Citlaly,” said Keeney. “We named him Lollipop.”

Perhaps due to the lovely weather, many parents attended this year, as well.

“Kids get to the see the life cycle all the way from caterpillar to butterfly,” said Debbie Keenan of Eagle, who came to watch her son, Colter, 9, launch his first butterfly 11 years after her first son, Trevor, now in junior college, did the same. “I think it’s awesome the gardens is still offering this program.”

After the launch, the students participated in games with butterfly-related themes, such as the pollination game, the life cycle game, butterfly tic tac toe and a bean bag toss.

For the complete events schedule or more information about the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, call 970-476-0103 or visit http://www.bettyfordalpinegardens.org.

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