Rocks Rock! Reuse a jar for 3 Easy Earth Science Experiments

Rocks hold stories. I am pretty sure that I fell in love with geology while climbing the rock on the shores of Lake Superior at the age of, well, whenever I could leap!  What I did not know then is that the slabs of dark gray rock along the shoreline from Duluth northeast bound are […]

Maplewood Nature Center- rooted, reaching, teaching!

Maplewood Nature Center is rooted and reaching into the community This summer I met Chris Soutter, a naturalist at Maplewood Nature Center.  We were attending a Will Steger Foundation climate change workshop and had sat down at the same picnic table during our lunch break.  As we chatted I realized that she was MY naturalist.  […]

Three Little Gardens Part III: Science Squared

Growing Green Hearts was able to coach (and coax) gardens into all three backyards and the hearts of families that play there.  The storms of June 2013 huffed and puffed but they could NOT destroy these three little spirited starter gardens!  From suburbs to city, these stories talk of creating space and time for some […]

Garden Goodies: Making Seed Tape

Why hurt your back planting tiny seeds?  Why thin seedlings of carrots, basil, or lettuce when you can make a seed tape instead?  Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts recommends this method for carrots, basil, lettuce, parsley, cherry tomatoes, radish and anything else with seeds so small they get lost when you drop them.  It […]

Preserving Garden Goodies

Thank you to Renae Kuehl who asked the following questions about her August garden: 1) Now that things are starting to ripen, how do you preserve things? Canning? 2) Also- you mentioned once to consider planting a late season crop… Am I too late for “late” season? If not, what do I plant?? I like […]

Three Little Gardens Part II: Creative City Kids

Well, we heard the suburban playhouse garden story in part I and now we move on to meet the green needs of some creative city kids in part II.  Remember how the storms of June 2013 huffed and puffed?   Those storms could NOT destroy the three little spirited starter gardens!  Growing Green Hearts was […]

Three Little Gardens Part I: A Playhouse Garden in the Suburbs

The storms of June 2013 huffed and puffed but they could NOT destroy these three little spirited starter gardens!  Growing Green Hearts was able to coach (and coax) gardens into all three backyards and the hearts of families that play there. First is Janine who wanted to enhance the backyard play zone with a garden […]

Global Garden Labels

Learning Languages in the Garden Produce that may seem commonplace in the American food system now originated in all parts of the world.  Why not try 4 languages to label what you are growing?  Garden markers are sold at most garden centers.  Repurposing junk from around the house makes for great labels and decorations too.  […]

The Science Behind Climate Science Headlines

The Science Behind Climate Science Headlines Science literacy goes beyond just understanding a science related article in the paper or online.  Science literacy is about finding reliable information, asking the right questions, and engaging in conversation about solutions. It’s a common misconception that science is a collection of knowledge about energy or matter.  In reality […]

Winter 2013

Here are some Growing Green Hearts highlights from the first 4 months of 2013! January was cold outside but surely warm when hundreds of preschool teachers and directors gathered in St. Louis Park for the ELEA conference.  It was great to listen to the needs of teachers and directors who work to bring inquiry, wonderment, […]