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.

Paperwhite Pinwheels and the Joy of Winter Plants

The Friday before the winter break can be a nightmare for teachers and parents alike. The anticipation of the holiday makes children restless and the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations can be stressors for all. These were the thoughts I had prior to gathering the Dirt Girls for their weekly garden session on Friday…

Return of the Dirt Girls: Fostering Teamwork and Inclusion in the Garden

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…