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International Paper Offers Earth’s Birthday Butterfly Kits for Local Schools


International Paper Offers Earth's Birthday Butterfly Kits for Local Schools

International Paper is one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper. We create packaging products that protect and promote goods, enable worldwide commerce and keep consumers safe; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. For more information on Internation Paper, please visit

Columbus, MS – International Paper and Earth’s Birthday Project have partnered to bring environmental education to the forefront in the Golden Triangle. IP will be providing, free of charge, a limited number of butterfly and sunflower kits for kindergarten through fourth grade classrooms in the area.

These kits include lesson plans and materials designed to coordinate with the elementary school science curriculum while providing an unforgettable, hands-on learning experience. While going on an adventure through science, students observe butterfly caterpillars grow, create chrysalises, and transform into beautiful butterflies. Students will also learn how to sprout and grow sunflowers from seed to bloom.

Now through Feb. 15, local schools have the opportunity to apply to receive a limited number of these kits.

The caterpillars take two to three weeks to undergo metamorphosis. Once they emerge as butterflies, they can be observed and fed with sugar-water for about a week before release. Both butterflies and sunflowers come with full instructions. Kits will be directly sent to your school on their chosen delivery date.

“At International Paper, we seek to be a force for good in our communities,” said Kellum Kim, Mill Communications Manager. “We are committed to strengthening our people and the communities where we live and work, and we aim to be responsible stewards of our planet. We are proud to offer this valuable learning experience to the young students in our communities.” 

Since 1989, the Earth’s Birthday Project has inspired young children to honor the earth and all its creatures through experiences of wonder, learning and care for the natural world.

For more information on registering a classroom for this opportunity, please e-mail