Upcoming Events

 

Growing Green Hearts near you…

 

April & May 2020

Connect-the-Drops:  Faith, Water & Indigenizing the Gospel Forum (Virtual)

Heidi Ferris, creator of “Connect-the-Drops:  Faith, Science & Youth Leadership” curriculum and founder of Growing Green Hearts, LLC will lead a video forum with members and guests of St. Paul area churches through exploration of their watershed. Participants will connect their family stories to ecological systems of land, air, water, and living things while building sense-of-place through activities about decolonization and indigenizing the Gospel.  
Christ on Capitol Hill Lutheran Church 
Sunday, April 26th @11:00am
Galilee Lutheran Church, Wednesday, May 6th @6:00pm
   Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2131676295
   Password:  water
Handout for CtDrops Faith, Water & Indigenizing the Gospel Forum

 

Summer 2020

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (aka MITY)

NOW registering for virtual learning experiences!

MITY’s summer programming for 1st-4th graders and ExplorSchool provides rising 5th-7th grade students a unique opportunity to investigate new topics and dive deeper into their passions at a level that is challenging and motivating.  Intellectually curious students explore different disciplines, experience things that are not possible within a normal school setting, and forge new friendships!  Instructors provide students with hands-on interdisciplinary projects that lift learning to new levels. More information and registration can be found online at www.mity.org.  Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts will be leading these sessions:
  • Outdoor Adventures in Engineering
  • Water Quirks & Energy Connections; Playing with Climate Solutions
  • Plants Are Superheroes!
  • Growing Green KidTrip Engineering Design Challenge
  • Green Adventures Where You Live:  City & Systems Engineering Design Challenge
When:  Weekly options June, July & August 2020
Where: MITY is being held online for summer of 2020

Register: www.mity.org

 

July 2020

High Five for Shorelines:  Planting at the Library

WHEN:  Thursday, July 9th, 2020   2:00-3:00 and 3:00-4:00
WHERE:  Anoka County Library Northtown Branch

REGISTER for your time slot and find more library events here.

Bring your gloves and wear your grubbier   Experience biodiversity of Minnesota’s native plants as you play with soil vs. dirt; investigate the interconnection of water, land, air, and living things with chalk art; and get your hands dirty while exploring seeds and adding native plants to the library’s prairie garden.  

 

Paddle Lake McCarrons in St. Paul with

Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership

WHEN:  Sunday, July 12th, 2020   12:00pm- 2:00pm
WHERE:  Meet at Lake McCarrons County Park, 1795 Rice St., St. Paul, MN
Growing Green Hearts has partnered with Capitol Region Watershed District and 8+ congregations in the St. Paul area to move knowledge to action in care of water throughout 2020.
Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership is a community program, curriculum, and enviroSTEM service learning model developed by Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts. We lift up student leadership while bolstering water science literacy across the community.
Learn about upcoming events done virtually with Zoom by contacting us here or by checking the Growing Green Heart’s facebook page.

 

August 2020

Minnesota Independent Schools Forum STEM Education Conference 2020

WHEN:  Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 through Thursday, August 6th, 2020
WHERE:  virtual
Course offerings and information can be found here.  Heidi Ferris, of Growing Green Hearts, will be co-presenting with Rebecca Haug, City of  Blaine:  
Join us to experience the 5E’s engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate– all using scientific research and curriculum from the new Blaine Wetland Sanctuary.

 

Educator Course: Exploring Environmental STEM at Blaine Wetland Sanctuary

Educators, Teachers, Scout Leaders….Join this curriculum training course to experience the 5E’s (engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate) all at BlaineWetland Sanctuary! We’ll act out seasons, build different nests, create art connecting natural systems, investigate insulators, identify plants, and more. These activities will teach the environmental STEMpedagogy: the 5E model for nature play; and prepare leaders for hikes, lessons, and field trips at the site. Blaine Wetland Sanctuary is an open space park that includes a special wetland called a fen, some of the rarest plants in Minnesota, and a unique mile-long boardwalk.BWS is free to visitors of all ages.
Trainer: Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts in partnership with City of Blaine.
Professional Development for Minnesota Center for Professional Development/Parent Aware.
DATE:  Saturday, August 29th, 2020  
TIME: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Fee: $15  Register here.

 

September 2020

 

October 2020

 

November 2020

Minnesota GeoChemistry for kids!

WHEN:  Thursday, November 12th, 2:00pm
WHERE:  Columbia Heights library
Registration and more information here.

Growing Green Hearts presents Geochemistry of Minnesota  Seashells and volcanoes break down into some pretty cool chemistry and rock talk!   Go back in time in MN to better understand why the land here looks like it does today.  Solve a sandy mystery, get a little messy with “lava” and a bit crazy with calcium carbonate!

 

December 2020

 

ONGOING…

Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership

Growing Green Hearts has partnered with Capitol Region Watershed District and 8+ congregations in the St. Paul area to move knowledge to action in care of water throughout 2020.
Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership is a community program, curriculum, and eSTEM service learning model developed by Growing Green Hearts. We lift up student leadership while bolstering water science literacy across the community.
Learn about upcoming events done virtually with Zoom by contacting us here or checking the Growing Green Heart’s facebook page.

 

Blaine Wetland Sanctuary

Intergenerational Tours and Programming by Growing Green Hearts at Blaine Wetland Sanctuary.  Free environmental STEM curriculum, maps, and other Blaine Wetland Sanctuary resources can be found here. Learn more about the unique habitats, rare plants, and interconnected systems by checking out the blog.

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Play while problem solving! 

Growing Green Hearts offers…

  • Site Visits and Events with Growing Green Hearts means hands-on fun, author talks, and nature adventures through environmental STEM learning.  Connect kids with their local environment with site visits to classrooms, library programs, scout meetings, child care centers, and large group events.
  • NEW! “Plants as Superheroes:  Kids Leading with Seeds, Plants & Nature Play” is a 4-part package of site visits blending author visits, hands-on environmental STEM, and service learning catered to your site.
  • Teacher Trainings with Growing Green Hearts are geared towards educators of elementary students and early learners, no matter what your science background.  Growing Green Hearts has served 9 school districts and many private schools throughout Minnesota.  Teacher trainings with Growing Green Hearts have received MN Center for Professional Development/Parent Aware approval.
  • Curriculum Development with Growing Green Hearts brings interconnected land, air, water, and living things into the hands of the learner.  Specializing in environmental STEM experiences, GGH creatively pulls together your site’s natural resources and needs with state and national standards.
  • Natural Playground Coaching with GGH builds community and grows exciting science programs based on student interests, power of play, creativity, and the processes of environmental Science Technology Engineering and Math (eSTEM).

QUESTIONS? Contact Growing Green Hearts

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