These engaging worm tales bring the worms indoors when it rains.
These formative reads are sure to inspire your approach to garden-based education.
Seed saving is a simple art, but an important science.
DIY Scarecrows are a fun STEAM Project that promotes creative solutions, teamwork, and interdisciplinary thinking. Four different teams constructed unique and imaginative scarecrows. They collaboratively fashioned outfits from ripped nylon hammocks, scavenged props from the toolshed to rubber band in scarecrow’s gloved hands, and bent wire into eyeglasses that even had tape lenses!
Focused searching is a great way to engage students in the garden early on in the school year.
For a unique sensory experience, take a whiff of a Red Cage Fungus.
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 9th National Farm-to-Cafeteria conference in Cincinnati, OH. Sponsored by the Farm-to-School Network, this conference brings together foodservice directors, nutrition specialists, farmers, producers, and policymakers from all over the country. As a formal educator, I am definitely considered a minority stakeholder, despite the argument that more school…
Geotechnical engineering is a specialty area within the environmental sciences that deals with geology and soil. These professional experts analyze the substrate of a site to determine the viability for construction or development based on soil properties. I imagine similar skills are used to make the bagged “soils” we purchase at our favorite garden store…
Teaching students to read, write, and talk like gardeners is key to literacy learning in the garden classroom.
Enlisting students during extracurricular times of the school day is a viable way to build youth leaders and maintain a school garden at the same time.
Vermicomposting is a simple, yet rewarding way to teach about decomposition while enriching the school garden.
Soil. It’s everywhere, but few people take notice of this incredible resource right beneath our feet. When people do notice the soil, they often see it as something to avoid. “Don’t get dirty,” they warn young children. With these underground resources, you (and your children) can get all the dirt on soil. Children’s Picture Books…
A little over a year ago, I established an after school club that I dubbed “Dirt Girls.” The decision to limit participation only to girls was initially motivated by the relative inequity in STEM fields. According to the National Girls Collaborative Project, women make up just 29% of the STEM workforce. Research suggests that time…
The Power of Place was the theme of Watershed Week 2017.
Nurturing wonder sometimes means stepping into the learner role.