Try “One Bite” Salsa Straight from the Garden

Guest Post by Mindy Bañuelos, First Grade Teacher at Pueblo Vista Magnet School It was 9:30 a.m. on a Tuesday–time for small reading groups! As a first grade teacher, reading and writing are always at the top of my list. When I sat down with my reading group, I realized I forgot my “green juice.”…

The Ambiguous Loss of Outdoor Education

The midpoint of July marks the second half of summer. Understandably, returning to school for the 2020-21 academic year is on the forefront of every teacher’s, parent’s, and student’s mind. Unfortunately, given the uptick in Covid-19 cases in many places, including Napa County, school will resume in continued distance learning mode. County public health officials…

Kinders Count…Bees!

As I begin to write this post, I am filled again with the excitement I felt while attending the School Gardeners’ Southwest Desert Almanac conference in Arizona last week. A small but mighty group convened for 2.5 days at the Desert Botanical Garden and Manzo Elementary School in Tucson to share ideas and inspiration as…

Bedazzle with Bulbs!

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

When DIY Crafting Meets Engineering Design

A modified version of a simple DIY “crafting” activity offers a solution to an environmental problem in a way that incorporates engineering design while also teaching sustainability.