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 […]

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. […]

Green Hearts Growing in National Parks

In Search of Amazing Creatures and Climate Change Features in Northern National Parks… Growing Green Hearts is Hitting the Road! @GrowGreenHearts #growinggreenhearts July 16th through August 1st of 2017, Growing Green Hearts will hit the road passing though 5 states, hiking natural spaces, and visiting 3 major national parks: Olympic, North Cascades, and Glacier. From haystack […]

Gone Fishin’ Engineering Design Challenge

Play while problem-solving… Catching a fish is something everyone should experience as a kid!   To go fishing, you don’t need a fancy boat or guide, just a lake or river spot, a little gear, bait and some luck.  Kids enjoy the playfulness of trying different materials and designs just as much as dipping the […]

Roots!

  Do all plants have the same roots?  Tulips are well known for their bulb (bulbous) roots.  Each spring, I first notice flowers from bulbs like the crocus, then daffodils, followed by tulips and hyacinth.  Green shouts of onions and garlic are now up, too.  Keep an eye out this spring for the unique flowers […]

Eggsellent Earth Science

Eggsellent Earth Science Eggs…fertility, fragility and signs of new life. No matter how you crack it, eggs pack a big science learning punch! Checkout this GGH blog post for 5 science activities that will connect your students with some green ideas– hold the ham. 1st… The CLASSIC engineering design challenge: Design a container that prevents an […]

A Brand New Creation Care Book…

6 C’s for Creation Care by Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts How do our actions connect with the Christian faith in caring for the earth? Where can I make choices for cleaner air? What can I do to care for God’s creation? Playing with Science and Systems is a series of books for children, parents, […]

A Brand New Butterfly Book…

8 Butterfly Questions for Gardening by Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts    What do butterflies need? How can children start a garden for butterflies? What is happening underneath those prairie plants that butterflies love? Playing with Science and Systems is a series of books for children, parents, and teachers.   Books in the series are simple, […]