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 […]
This list of 50 ways to celebrate Earth Day’s birthday combines knowledge to action along with being and noticing nature where we live.
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™ 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Kids leading with seeds, plants & nature play! Plants as Superheroes is a package project for your school, child care center, library, or community group. Growing Green Hearts works will adapt the environmental STEM learning for age group, site, and even intergenerational groups. Growing Green Hearts is all about play, learning, and loving nature. And […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]