Curiosity and wonder can sprout from watching seeds grow into plants. For this activity, a variety of seeds are placed on a wet paper towel within a plastic bag that is then taped to the window. Instructional videos demonstrating how to do this can be found online, or you can use my 6-step cartoon with […]
35 Ways to Notice Nature this July… July is a great month to hone your noticing skills! Sit and listen. Watch the clouds. Count the ants. Smell the flowers. Can you notice, find, or create everything on this “Noticing Nature” list for July? Give this a try… an easy scavenger hunt for your neighborhood park. Find an object […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]