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Fall 2020

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth (aka MITY)

NOW registering for virtual learning experiences!

MITY’s  ExplorSchool provides 5th-7th grade students a unique opportunity to dive deeper into their passions at a level that is challenging and motivating.  Intellectually curious students explore hands-on interdisciplinary projects with experts while forging new friendships!  
Instructors provide students with that lift learning to new levels. Info  on courses and year-round programming can be found online at www.mity.org.  
Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts will be leading:
  • “Water & Climate Chemistry” Course
  • Best for 5th-7th graders
  • October 19, 2020 – November 21, 2020
  • Meeting 2x week for 5 weeks….Mon/Wed…2:30-4:00pm
  • Online… yet always hands-on enviroSTEM from Growing Green Hearts!

Register: www.mity.org

 

September 2020

Water Where We Live:

Rain Gardens for Churches…3 ways to connect! 

  • Rain Gardens & Maintenance Workshop with Capitol Region Watershed District
    • Wednesday, September 16th at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m
    • Register here for the virtual workshop
  • Water Story of Rain Gardens at Macalester Plymouth United Church
    • Video link coming soon
  • Rain Gardens for Churches Lunch’N’Learn
    • Wednesday, September 30th 11:30 a.m.  
    • Rain gardens filter and sink water, beautify, and provide habitat.  How can your church use rain gardens as stewardship in care of water?  Bring questions and ideas!
    • ZOOM link is here   -or- Meeting ID: 836 9483 5327 
    • Passcode:  water
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.
We are lifting up student leadership while bolstering water science literacy across the community.  Water Were We Live events, local Water Stories, and Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership are community programs, curriculum, and enviroSTEM service learning developed by Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts. 

 

October 2020

Water Where We Live:

Sacred Site Tour of Wakan Tipi for Churches

WHAT:  Church groups will gather outside, socially distancing, for a walk and talk about the site as guided by staff from the Lower Phalen Creek Project. Connect with this sacred place and Dakota language as we walk and talk.  Learn more about Wakan Tipi that is in the Lower Phalen Creek area here, and how Dakota values are connected to water, earth and sky through a video here.
WHEN:  Saturday, October 3rd, 2020  10:00-11:30am
BRING:  walking shoes that can get muddy, coat/hat/dress for the weather, gloves&bag to pick up litter, questions and open mind!  
WHERE: Meeting at 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55106
RSVP through connecting with your church -or- here.
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.  We are lifting up student leadership while bolstering water science literacy across the community.  Water Were We Live events, local Water Stories, and Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership are community programs, curriculum, and enviroSTEM service learning developed by Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts. 

 

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!

Water Where We Live:

Social Media & Smart Salting for Churches Lunch’N’Learn

WHAT: Gain basics on both smart salting and social media for your church, work and home.  Anne Proulx of Church Offset Printing will share social media tips and tricks for communication using social media.  Sue Nissan and Barb Thoman from Stop Over Salting (SOS) will share facts and practices for ice reduction that lead to both cleaner surface water and groundwater.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 11th at 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

Zoom link.    Meeting ID: 213 167 6295  Passcode: water

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.  We are lifting up student leadership while bolstering water science literacy across the community.  Water Were We Live events, local Water Stories, and Connect-the-Drops: Faith, Science & Youth Leadership are community programs, curriculum, and enviroSTEM service learning developed by Heidi Ferris of Growing Green Hearts. 

 

December 2020

Water Where We Live:  Water Stories through Spoken Word

WHAT:  Church youth groups are invited to connect virtually, discuss water justice, and creatively share their water stories.
WHO:  Joe Davis is a nationally-touring artist, educator, and speaker based in Minneapolis, MN. His work employs poetry, music, theater, and dance to shape culture.  Joe will be leading church youth in conversation  and expression of their water justice stories via Zoom.  
WHEN:  Sunday, December 6th at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m
RSVP:  Register here soon via facebook event. 

 

ONGOING…

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.

Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth

As an environmental STEM specialist and curriculum creator, Heidi Ferris leads students in hands on learning with the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth.  Programs is for elementary, middles school, and high school.  Heidi has been teaching for MITY since 2015.

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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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