Tag: Outdoor Education

Taking the Common Core standards outside.

Doing Outdoor Ed (and Everything Else) Indoors

Doing Outdoor Ed (and Everything Else) Indoors

When this whole Coronavirus thing was just getting started our schools closed early. I had to run to the pharmacy where I encountered a bit of foreshadowing on how this quarantine business was going to play out. A family stood in the checkout line, kids clutching drug store toys. Everyone had dyed his or her […]

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Opportunity Roundup

Opportunity Roundup

This past Monday I heard about another teacher whose band played in downtown Sacramento over the weekend. Then our school psychologist mentioned he was heading out to sign books (his own) at a pop-up bookstore one of our school counselors had created with his wife.  Me? I was sleepily plodding through my Monday after staying […]

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Victory Gardens: Teaching History Outside

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Victory Gardens: Teaching History Outside

Years ago, when my school gardeners needed a theme, my mom introduced me to “victory gardens,” community or family gardens grown during WWI and WWII to increase food production. Much of the commercially processed food needed to be shipped overseas to military personnel fighting those wars and to European civilians going hungry. People here at […]

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Opportunity Roundup

Opportunity Roundup

This past week I spent a good portion of my Facebook time gazing longingly at photos our science teachers posted from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. These teachers advise our school’s Plastics Club, so they were at the aquarium learning how our plastic trash raises havoc with the oceans. Speaking of plastics, our high school’s Plastics […]

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Sewer District Lists 2019 Open Trail Dates

Sewer District Lists 2019 Open Trail Dates

We hadn’t been on the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District’s nature trails in almost a year, so we jumped at the chance of a bird watching hike when the e-mail invite landed in my inbox. A bunch of people beat me to the reply button, though, and Sacramento Sewer placed us on a waiting list. […]

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Preserving Foods with Kids

Preserving Foods with Kids

Food preservation – freezing, canning, drying, pickling, and such – always seemed a daunting task to me; certainly, too intimidating to take into a classroom of kids. Those food safety fears recently led me straight into a California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom workshop where we learned CFAITC is developing a unit for teachers […]

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Grants Available to Teachers with Ag-Related Projects

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Grants Available to Teachers with Ag-Related Projects

The CHS Foundation and National Agriculture in the Classroom are seeking applicants for 15 $500 grants awarded to teachers with agriculture-related projects. The deadline for application is 5 p.m. EST, Sept. 15. Applications are accepted online only. Applicants will be notified of awards by e-mail in October. In addition to the online application, one letter […]

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Healing Garden in Sacramento Hospital Hosts Interesting Art Piece

Healing Garden in Sacramento Hospital Hosts Interesting Art Piece

  The outdoor seating, the bridge that crosses a bit of water, the greenery in Sacramento’s Mercy General Hospital may easily draw attention away from an interesting piece of art on one wall, the depiction of the Greek god of medicine addressing the personification of Pain. This sculpture, fascinating in its own right, was created […]

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