Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary is as a farm animal rescue offering lifelong Sanctuary and rehabilitation to abused, neglected and abandoned farm animals, and also operates as an education center. Happy Tails is a volunteer run registered charity in Harrowsmith.
Happy Tails offers several different programs for our community youth, and this year will be instituting an inaugural summer camp program, based on Dr. Jane Goodall’s roots and shoots program. This camp filled to capacity in less than 48 hours, and is offered free to Kingston area children and includes all meals! All of our children’s programming has always been free or buy donation, because money should never be a barrier to learning and fun!
As an education piece to this camp, as well as for all of the other children’s programming and community visitors, we will be building a butterfly sanctuary.
This butterfly sanctuary does not simply mean we plant flowers and butterflies come. This will be an educational garden, and will highlight the full lifecycle of the species. We have fully planned out the garden, and the plants we’ve incorporated into the plan support the entire lifecycle of a species.
This garden will also attract bees, and these butterflies and bees will make their way throughout the property. This garden will have a teepee design, so children can go right inside and explore.
We have chosen plants to host the eastern black swallowtail and the painted lady butterflies. This will be an interactive garden that you can walk through and experience. The teepee will be covered in pole beans that children can literally break off and eat! The garden will be surrounded by three benches where people can sit and watch their children, or just sit, relax and reflect.
Funded by Kingston, ON (May 2019)