Get Outta the House!

Taking the Common Core standards outside.

Pumpkin planting season is underway

Pumpkin planting season is underway

(Featured image from Raley’s) Jack o’lanterns might seem a world away from your summer barbecues, but pumpkin-planting season starts now. The stores will, of course, become full of pumpkins come Halloween, but people who want to grow their own need to get those seeds in the ground. Planting season is June 15 through July 4. […]

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Opportunity Roundup

Opportunity Roundup

I’m cleaning out my e-mail box when I really should be cleaning out my garage. Here are a few things I’ve saved that are related to outdoor education in some way. The University Press of Kansas wrote to say University of Pennsylvania’s Matthew D. Roth has a new book out called “Magic Bean, The Rise […]

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Bringing Election Day into the Classroom

Bringing Election Day into the Classroom

Shortly before the California primaries, I found a Facebook thread where women were pondering what to do with the stacks of campaign mailers they had collected from the various races. One thought she might be able to use the heavy cardstock in her crafts. Another suggested origami. Origami? With that heavy paper? Perhaps she was […]

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Drought Tolerant Gardening with Green Acres

Drought Tolerant Gardening with Green Acres

About a week ago I turned the keys to the school garden into the front office staff so a couple of our more ardent school gardeners could come in over the summer and continue their work. While I’m on vacation from school gardening, I still can’t resist a good workshop on drip irrigation and native […]

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Exploring Hidden Trails Off Interstate 5

Exploring Hidden Trails Off Interstate 5

Six miles of trails through riparian forests and seasonal wetlands wind through land owned by the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District off Interstate 5 between Elk Grove and Sacramento. The interstate is so close, hikers can see trucks whip past on the freeway when valley oaks don’t block out urban life. The trails are usually […]

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Opportunity Roundup

Opportunity Roundup

With a new year comes new opportunities. Here are some that have shown up in my mail: The Nutrients for Life Foundation has updated its online curriculum to make searching easier. Download the new curriculum now. Nutrients for Life is offering a free professional development day on soil science and sustainability in Des Moines, Iowa […]

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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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