Connect-the-Drops for Churches of Capitol Region Watershed District in 2020

Youth are amazing leaders. During the ups and downs of 2020, teens and tweens from churches in Capitol Region Watershed District have been moving water knowledge to water action for their churches, communities, and neighborhoods! Macalester Plymouth United Church, St. Anthony Park Lutheran, Christ on Capitol Hill, Galilee Lutheran, and participants from a variety of […]

Resources & Trainings for EnviroSTEM at Blaine Wetland Sanctuary

Are field trips and educator trainings offered at Blaine Wetland Sanctuary? Yes, the next course offering of “Environmental STEM at Blaine Wetland Sanctuary,” a 3-hour course for educators, is on Saturday, August 29th from 9am-12pm. Future trainings will take place throughout 2020 and 2021.  Registration is required and can be done through the City of Blaine […]

Easy Scavenger Hunt For Your Neighborhood Park

35 Ways to Notice Nature this July… July is a great month to hone your noticing skills! Sit and listen.  Watch the clouds. Count the ants.  Smell the flowers. Can you notice, find, or create everything on this “Noticing Nature” list for July?  Give this a try… an easy scavenger hunt for your neighborhood park.   Find an object […]

5 Ways this May to Care for Lawn, Water, Air and Wildlife

1. Consider a “Bee Lawn” in care of pollinators. Truth: bugs are beneficial. Planet earth, including your food supply and neighborhood bird population would not be the same without them. Here are a few resources to check out: “Where Have All the Insects Gone?” National Geographic article at https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/05/where-have-all-the-insects-gone-feature/ Pollinate Minnesota at https://www.pollinatemn.org Your Lawn […]

Connecting the Drops: Water in Church Neighborhoods of Capitol Region Watershed District

Where is your neighborhood on this map? …and where do your rainwater and snow melt go? Growing Green Hearts is connecting churches and neighborhoods with their watershed using water education and water quality actions. This 2020 project called “Connecting the Drops: Water in Church Neighborhoods of Capitol Region Watershed District” is grant-funded by Capitol Region […]

Growing Green Kid Trip Engineering Design Challenge™

Students and families notice nature in their neighborhoods then plan a green trip to a far-off, very different place. This project taps into interdisciplinary and enviroSTEM strategies to bring together math, reading, science, social studies in a playful way…all for family fun during the COVID-19 days of shelter-in-place.

Growing Green Kids City & Systems Engineering Design Challenge™

Growing Green Kids City & Systems Engineering Design Challenge™ Welcome to the Growing Green Kids City & Systems Engineering Design Challenge™!  This playful lesson series is designed especially for kids and families practicing “social distancing” during March/April of 2020.  All ages are welcome to participate.  Science, math, reading, art, engineering, social studies, leadership and more are all tied together in […]

5 Reasons to Get Kids Outside during times of COVID-19:

By Heidi Ferris, Growing Green Hearts COVID-19 is here and many kids will be at home…with parents…and we’ll all be driving each other crazy!  It’s a great move for our community, but hey, there’s a misconception we need to address:  Screen time is not the only way to learn in 2020.   Let’s all be aware that “social […]

4 Salty Experiments for Kids, Families & Classrooms

December 2019 Water and Salt Dance Party When water and salt get together its like a dance party! When we mix salt with water there are ways we can use chemistry tricks to our human advantage… but that can turn into a party-gone-bad in certain situations too. Find out more here, even a tasty experiment […]