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 […]

Spring 2017 eSTEM Trainings

Environmental STEM trainings for teachers, child care providers, parents, mentors, scout leaders, grandparents… helping kids to play, learn, and love nature.     ———————————————————————————- eSTEM Trainings @ Springbrook Nature Center Springbrook Nature Center and Growing Green Hearts have teamed up for 2 teacher trainings taught by Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts, LLC.  Springbrook’s new state […]

Bubble Fun. Water Care.

Up, up, and away!  Bubbles are fun! Bubbles are a great way to teach about matter.  Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space.  Matter can be in the form of a solid, liquid, gas, or plasma.  The bubble making tools such as buckets, bowls, wands, strainers or serrated spoons are solids.  Water […]

Educator’s Conference Season 2016

What do preschool teachers, child care providers, teachers, afterschool specialists, and early learner care givers have in common?  For the love of teaching and learning- these Minnesota educators are committed, passionate, playful people that adventure, share, and ask great questions.  Read on to learn more about insights and observations from 3 educator’s conferences that took […]

Connect-the-Dots: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership™

    Teens connect scripture, climate, teens, and problem-solving strategies?  YES they are!  Connect-the-Dots: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership™ from Growing Green Hearts is a more than a curriculum- it’s an experience for kids growing up in the reality of climate change.  This program creatively blends solid theology with climate science, community, leadership and environmental stewardship. How does it […]

Storytimes, STEM & Summer Sites 2015

Summer Fun with Growing Green Hearts  Here’s a sample of what Growing Green Hearts has been up to… Growing Green Hearts kicked off the summer by providing nature-based programming with MELSA libraries in May, June, and July.  Oh the joy on a child’s face when their fingers are in the cool summer soil with tiny […]

7 Reasons Why STEM is Here to Stay

STEM is Here to Stay: 7 Things About STEM Today Which projects do you remember from your school days?  A book report diorama, report on a state or a science fair tri-fold.  Egg drop, grow labs, and bridges were some of the first engineering design challenges I tried as a kid but they were just […]

Is STEM for you? YES!

STEM is Bubblin’ HOT! A hot topic in education right now is STEM.  Schools across the country are adopting the blending of science, technology, engineering and math into topic-based units and projects.  Many educators take it further by adding art, turning STEM into STEAM.  Growing Green Hearts has been teaching STEM/STEAM for years and works […]

Spring 2014 Spaces and Faces with Growing Green Hearts

Registration for Little Green Frog Camp is open now!  One way Swedes celebrate the first day of summer is singing and dancing to a song about a little green frog.  The Gammalgarden Museum in Scandia, Minnesota is providing three 2-day camps for kids K-5 throughout the summer.  The historic buildings, artifacts, and stories inspire nature play, […]

Easy Engineering- Milk Carton Paddle Boat

What makes that boat go? Row, row, row your boat Gently down the stream Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily Life is but a dream Let’s take that row boat idea a bit further for kids.  Here’s a way to learn about forces, paddle power, and engineering as a process.  When the paddle and rubber band are […]