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Students Hand Out Fliers At Nashville Zoo As Part Of Project

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Students Hand Out Fliers At Nashville Zoo As Part Of Project

CREATED May 26, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Students at one Davidson County middle school got in some final work on a big project on Sunday.

Eighth graders from Croft Middle School handed out education fliers and milkweed seeds to people leaving the Nashville Zoo.

All year long, the students have been studying monarch butterflies and how they can help conserve their natural habitats.

"Main thing is going to be lack of milkweed. The butterflies have to have the milkweed in order to carry out their reproductive lifecycle,” said Croft Middle science teacher Sally Spear. “Unfortunately here we have a lot of milkweed right now, but come the middle of summer when their ready to reproduce we're going to be cutting it down because it grows on roadsides. So we tend to cut it down and spray it."

Thanks to master gardeners with the Nashville Zoo, Croft Middle School has built a 500 square foot monarch butterfly weigh station. It's one of only three certified weigh stations in the entire state.