3 Green Lessons from the Minnesota State Fair 2019

  3 Lessons from the 2019 State Fair  STATE FAIR LESSON 1: Pronto Pups & Liatris.   Don’t those Blazing Star prairie plants look like giant purple pronto pups?  One lesson from the fair that I saw over and over again is that PLAY IS POWERFUL for people of all ages.  From the Midway to art exhibits, giant […]

We All Drink the Same Water

In care for water, people are gathering. In care for water, people are learning. In care for water, people are creating. In care for water, people are connecting.   Join us in care for water on February 10th, 2019.   We All Drink the Same Water   Community Event Sunday, February 10th, 2019 12:00-3:00pm Vadnais Heights […]

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 […]

Gammålgarden Museum hosting eSTEM Faith & Science Saturdays

  Nature Play Workshops @ Gammalgården Museum Gammelgården Museum of Swedish heritage in Scandia, Minnesota has teamed up with Growing Green Hearts to talk Christian faith & science in an amazing outdoor setting.  Designed for people of all ages, especially families, together we will… »Play outdoor games, team challenges, and environmental Science, Technology, Engineering & Math to connect Swedish […]

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 […]

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 […]

Alphabet Soup: STEM, STEAM, E-STEM

What is  ESTEAM?  E-STEM?  STEM?  STEM = science, technology, engineering, math E-STEM = environmental science, science, technology, engineering, and math ESTEAM = environment/earth sciences, science, technology, engineering, art, math Anna Dutke’s nature-based preschool students in the Prior Lake Savage school district are using the hands-on brains-on ESTEAM approach to playing and learning.  The outdoor mud […]