Let the Garden Be the Teacher

A garden is a living system, which means lessons must be dynamic, flexible, and in tune with seasonal cycles and natural patterns.

Utilize an Integrated Curriculum

Throughout 2022, I’ll be sharing Nathan Larson’s 15 “Core Principles of Garden-Based Education,” using them as an organizing frame for reflecting on the school garden movement in Napa County.

Inspired by Two Mission-Driven Businesses

I’ve doubled down since the pandemic and centered my teaching on the science of stress, self-care as a radical act of resistance, and trauma-informed practices.

Confessions of a Halloween Trickster

Truth be told, I’ve never handed out candy for trick-or-treat. I prefer to share garden treats instead. Find out what this year’s trick will be.

A Somber Summer Solstice

To celebrate organizations who are leading the way in the face of social inequity and racial injustice in outdoor education, this month’s post highlights curated resources for building resilience and confronting silence.

Plant(ing) Empowerment in Women

For a time, I was ‘wintering‘ through the month-long stay-at-home order and rainy weather just fine. But when the sun came out again, I took advantage of the opportunity to socialize outside with a close friend. We visited the Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery for a self-guided tour of an impressive display of drought-tolerant plants….

Turning Over a New Leaf

Sensory experience–a hallmark of science, nutrition, and environmental education–is much harder to deliver via screen. However, a few months ago I was inspired me to turn over a new leaf.

Kinders Count…Bees!

To engage kindergarteners in local, place-based investigation of bees, we ground the investigation in a real-life phenomenon: What kind of bees are in our school garden?

Bedazzle with Bulbs!

Bulbs are easy to cultivate and fun to study in the school garden, even for the youngest learners.

How Do You Like Your Zs?

Following these garden-to-cafeteria guidelines eased the way for a motivated group of teachers, students, food service professionals, and community members.