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 […]

AYTI Student Leadership 2019

Augsburg Youth Theology Institute 2019

Growing Green Hearts at Augsburg Youth Theology Institute AYTI stands for Augsburg Youth Theology Institute and it’s a long-standing tradition! Growing Green Hearts partnered with Augsburg University in hosting 35 high schoolers from around the country in exploration of vocation using the AYTI 2019 theme… The letter below was written in July by Heidi Ferris, […]

Feb 10th, 2019 Connecting-the-Drops Community Water Event

In care of water, community partners in the Vadnais Heights area are rallying together!  Join in the fun as we learn and play with water.  Special guests are offering workshops with bring water science to life through art.  All are welcome to participate in games, activities, art, music, and more. What:  FREE COMMUNITY EVENT   […]

We All Drink the Same Water

In care for water, people are gathering. In care for water, people are learning. In care for water, people are creating. In care for water, people are connecting.   Join us in care for water on February 10th, 2019.   We All Drink the Same Water   Community Event Sunday, February 10th, 2019 12:00-3:00pm Vadnais Heights […]

Blaine Wetland Sanctuary: FENtastic Wetland!

What’s so special about the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary? Imagine a giant sponge that goes as deep as 60 feet, where mid-July there is still ice. Blaine Wetland Sanctuary (BWS) is an open space, natural area that includes specialized wetland called a fen. A fen is a type of wetland with a high water table and […]

Blaine Wetland Sanctuary & Outdoor Learning with GGH

Growing Green Hearts has partnered with the City of Blaine, Minnesota, in creation of environmental STEM programming and curriculum for their Blaine Wetland Sanctuary. The Blaine Wetland Sanctuary is a playful place to exercise for many people.  It’s also a living science research lab for many; and for even more people- it’s a peaceful place […]

High 5 for Butterflies, Clean Water & Fresh Air!™

Kids are experts in play!  Growing Green Hearts works with students, teachers, and your local watershed district to utilize nature play in learning about water, climate, butterflies, and pollinators. High 5 for Butterflies, Clean Water & Fresh Air!™ teaches through hands-on eSTEM play.  Working with your school’s needs and site, students of all ages will learn […]

4 Phenomena to Explore this Fall

Weird, Wonder-Filled Science Happenings for Kids this Fall Autumn has arrived! Celebrate natural changes by investigating these 4 happenings (phenomena) with children.  Lead with exploration of a leaf pile, a hike, unstructured time with loose parts such as leaves, crisp fall air, dried grasses, squash and frosty grass. Emphasize the use of our senses. Collect their observations. […]

Why eSTEM at church?

  Stop the Vacation on Vocation: Do Science Literacy at Your Church By Heidi Ferris, Growing Green Hearts, LLC How can we lift up church youth leadership and empower youth in using their stories, relationships, vocational call, science knowledge, and problem-solving processes together at church? Let’s start with one of the most defining gatherings of […]