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 […]

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 […]

Connect-the-Drops 2017

Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science and Youth Leadership™ is environmental STEM in action! The experiential curriculums in the Faith, Science & Youth Leadership series were developed by Growing Green Hearts and being utilized by 15+ metro area churches thanks to a partnership with the Minneapolis Area Synod ELCA’s EcoFaith Network and Hennepin County Green Partners. Did you […]

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 […]