Get Outta the House!

Taking the Common Core standards outside.

Collaborating with Cups

Collaborating with Cups

This colorful game may be a bit tougher than it seems. The goal is to stack the plastic cups into a pyramid without ever touching the cups. Students working in partners use “tools” – rubber bands with ribbons tied to them – instead of their hands. Pulling on the ribbons, partners work collaboratively to stretch […]

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Opportunity Roundup

Opportunity Roundup

  Just had a minute to go through a bunch of e-mails and newsletters that have come pouring in with the start of school. Here are some great opportunities. I leave it to you to sort through them and find your gems. The national Agriculture in the Classroom conference is in Portland, Maine next summer. […]

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2016-17: A Good Argument for Outdoor Education

2016-17: A Good Argument for Outdoor Education

  If ever there was an argument for outdoor education, it would have the be the years 2016-17. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is under fire with talk of abolishing the regulator altogether. Earlier this year, the federal government imposed a temporary media blackout of the EPA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Health and Human […]

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Lunar Ranger Latest Resume Addition

Lunar Ranger Latest Resume Addition

  Lunar ranger could be the latest addition to my resume. My daughter, Teresa, and I recently received a package from Craters of the Moon, the national monument and preserve 18 miles west of Arco, Idaho. In addition to a kind letter from Ranger Julia on U.S. Department of the Interior letterhead, we received patches, […]

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John Lennon Bus Takes Music On Tour

John Lennon Bus Takes Music On Tour

  Imagine all the people, sharing all the world… Thanks to a few teachers and an administrator at my high school, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus stopped by our campus earlier this month, and I’ve gotta say: It was amazing! The bus parked on our blacktop behind the school and remained past school hours, […]

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Musings About Nature

Musings About Nature

  Here’s a little something written by my cousin, Jacob Tutty, who spends much of his time in nature. The grass is always greener on the other side, But I’m walking in the sand along the shores And I can afford this love I adore Send me out amongst the waves.

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Bayer: Not Just for Aspirin

Bayer: Not Just for Aspirin

Bayer CropScience, located in West Sacramento, Calif., is a great source of resources for educators. Bayer CropScience is a division of the German company famous for its aspirin and Alka-Seltzer. The West Sacramento branch focuses on agricultural research and development. In addition to this research and development, the West Sacramento site offers trainings and resources […]

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REI Sponsors Outdoor Activities Jan. 28

REI Sponsors Outdoor Activities Jan. 28

REI, the Washington-based outdoor gear retailer, is showing its outdoor leadership by sponsoring “All Out 2017” on Jan. 28. All you have to do is type your zip code into the website, and activities and classes in your neck of the woods show up for that day. REI has 331 events scheduled at various places […]

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Water Workshop for Teachers

Water Workshop for Teachers

Thirsty for information about water? A free Jan. 21 workshop on Sacramento-area water resources, energy production, community water needs and water conservation is open for registration in Sacramento, Calif. The Project WET workshop is for teachers in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Participants will receive a Project WET 2.0 guide, which includes more than 100 […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

My horoscope published in the newspaper on Christmas Day said, “A personal change will have a lasting effect. Use your skills to bring about positive changes. Keep a positive attitude.” My blog has had to take a back seat to other things in my life these past few months as I heal from major surgery. […]

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