Get Outta the House!

Taking the Common Core standards outside.

Summer Means Saving on School Supplies

Summer Means Saving on School Supplies

Summer means hot weather, barbecues, swimming, lazy days and screaming good deals on school supplies. Most of us don’t like to think about school during summer vacation, but the truth is, this is when the school shopping is juiciest. Office Depot/Office Max is selling basics for pennies – in some cases, quite literally. If your town […]

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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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