Biophilia Nature Center
|What Might You See on a Tour?
Year ‘round you will see well over 100 species of interesting labelled plants and many more yet unmarked. Learn about North American wild edibles, butterfly gardening, wildlife, carnivorous plants, wetland values, and uses for native plants. We'll show you plant and animal artifacts, from magnified butterfly wings to fern fossils. Our carnivorous plant collection includes 7 kinds of pitcher plants, 5 types of sundews, bladderworts and more. In the Plants That Do Tricks department, our sensitive plants respond to touch just as dramatically as the Venus flytraps.
In the warmer seasons, we can explore several ecosystems here and hunt for butterfly eggs, caterpillars, chrysalises and adults as you learn about the native plants that attract and feed our local butterflies, hummingbirds, and other animals of interest. You'll be surprised to learn that even some of the trees and grasses in your yard are butterfly baby food. If we have the luck to run across birds, frogs, lizards, etc. your biologist guide will identify them as well as their calls, animal signs, and other curiosities along the way.
Your tour may include walking through a live, hollow gum tree in the Tupelo Swamp. In the growing season, it can take a couple of hours to see it all, but you may choose to do a shorter tour. Tours are for mature six-year-olds on up. This is not for small children. Please wear socks and shoes for the uneven terrain and normal hazards of the wild outdoors, such as ants, briars, and animal holes.
This is NOT a polished, showy garden, but an ongoing endeavor to put nature back into land once stripped bare. Since late 1991, architect Fred Saas, biologist Carol Lovell-Saas, and generous volunteers have worked to restore the swamp, pitcher plant bog, forests and wildflower meadows of the 20-acre Center with hundreds of native southeastern species.
Come see us! Our caterpillar nursery and acres of restored butterfly habitat allow visitors to watch the full life cycle of several species of showy moths and butterflies, spring through fall. Dozens of these species are specific foods for particular butterflies. Native butterfly baby food lists are available to visitors. The library and bookstore provide information on wildlife gardening, local natural history, conservation, and the battle against invasive pest plants. Visitors can learn to attract and observe wildlife in their own home and school yards. Teachers will find plenty of good reference material for teaching environmental units for all grade levels.
The Biophilia Native Nursery offers hummingbird and butterfly attracting plants, beach wildflowers and sea oats, Venus fly traps, pitcher plants and other carnivorous plants, and other beautiful, unusual, or ancient native species. |