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 […]

Growing Greenovation!

NEW environmental STEM training for teachers/youth leaders Good News! Growing Green Hearts has a new training available. So please pass this along to your local school, scout troop, youth group, or community club! The training is called: Growing Greenovation: Youth Leading with Environmental STEM and this is how it came to be… Stories are powerful. Special […]

Rescue of Rare Plants

Lance Leaf Violets and the Superheroes Saving Them  Sept 2019 The rare plants were doomed without options… until a group of volunteers swooped in to gather them. The bulldozers where taking out trees and moving earth in preparation for a new housing development. With just a few days notice, the group of about 20 scientists, gardeners, […]

3 Green Lessons from the Minnesota State Fair 2019

  3 Lessons from the 2019 State Fair  STATE FAIR LESSON 1: Pronto Pups & Liatris.   Don’t those Blazing Star prairie plants look like giant purple pronto pups?  One lesson from the fair that I saw over and over again is that PLAY IS POWERFUL for people of all ages.  From the Midway to art exhibits, giant […]