Much like the spring season awakens plants from dormancy, new beginnings and fresh starts rekindle the commitments we hold most dear.
Author Archives: The School Garden Doctor
Growing Smiles: Summer Solstice Summary
According to a recent research report from the Wallace Foundation, 84% of parents they surveyed rank the statement, “Your child seems happy/likes attending,” as their #1 priority for Out of School (OST) programming.
Women’s Herstory: The Origins of the Dirt Girls Program
It’s especially meaningful for me to share the story of growing Dirt Girls at start of Women’s History Month. Pictured below are two girls from the last cohort of a “pandemic proof” version of the program offered last spring alongside a journal entry from one of the original Dirt Girls participants. In 2016, I beganContinue reading “Women’s Herstory: The Origins of the Dirt Girls Program”
Becoming a Botanist: Celebrating Jane Colden
Jane Colden is remembered as the first American woman botanist.
Plant(ing) Empowerment: Lessons from Ruth Bancroft
For a time, I was ‘wintering‘ through the month-long stay-at-home order and rainy weather just fine. But when the sun came out again, I took advantage of the opportunity to socialize outside with a close friend. We visited the Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery for a self-guided tour of an impressive display of drought-tolerant plants.Continue reading “Plant(ing) Empowerment: Lessons from Ruth Bancroft”
New Year, New Leaf: Nurturing a Houseplant Habit
Sensory experience–a hallmark of science, nutrition, and environmental education–is much harder to deliver via screen. However, a few months ago I was inspired me to turn over a new leaf.
Don’t Delay: Get Your Earth Day Dirt Girl Giveaway
Submit a Dirt Girl Diary to be eligible for an Earth Day 2020 Giveaway!
DIY Project: Sustainable Crafting Meets Engineering Design
A modified version of a simple DIY “crafting” activity offers a solution to an environmental problem in a way that incorporates engineering design while also teaching sustainability.
National Conference Presentation: Gender Equity & Empowerment
Daily highlights from an amazing conference will inspire you to build the future of your school garden program.
STEAM Project: Fun for the Fall Faire
DIY Scarecrows are a fun STEAM Project that promotes creative solutions, teamwork, and interdisciplinary thinking. Four different teams constructed unique and imaginative scarecrows. They collaboratively fashioned outfits from ripped nylon hammocks, scavenged props from the toolshed to rubber band in scarecrow’s gloved hands, and bent wire into eyeglasses that even had tape lenses!