During the early summer months of the COVID pandemic, community members in my hometown sought refuge in the beautiful gardens at BAYarts, the non-profit arts organization where I work. The gardens provided a welcome relief for weary residents seeking solace in nature and also the opportunity to safely reconnect with others. However, the notion of … Continue reading BAYarts to Create a Sensory Garden
From the moment that I heard about the National Geographic Educator Certification course at the Ohio Arts Education Conference in the fall of 2019, I knew that I wanted to become a certified instructor. I have been teaching and blogging about environmental education for many years and wanted to formalize my teaching methods. The online … Continue reading It’s Official! I’m a National Geographic Certified Educator.
Nature journaling should bring greater joy and creativity to your life. It is liberating to be able to express your inner thoughts and it's fun to experiment with different forms of writing to find your true voice.
The natural world is filled with seasons and cycles that provide predictability to life. Plants and animals depend on it. However, sometimes humans forget we are a part of nature too. We believe that the law of the land doesn't apply to us. That somehow we can outsmart Mother Nature, creating a man-made place apart from … Continue reading Nature Journaling for Environmental Awareness and a Balanced Life
We have reached the time during summer break when kids are bored and many parents struggle to find ways to entertain them until school starts again. This seems counterintuitive to me. It has been well established that American students have slipped in the international education rankings. As a result, the Common Core State Standards were … Continue reading The Home Team Advantage: Beware of the “Summer Slide”
As populations migrate to city centers and sustainability has hit the mainstream, the demand for fresh, affordable and readily available produce in urban areas continues to grow. In response to this dual shift in the American mind-set, innovative ways to produce and distribute food closer to consumers are cropping up in cities across the country … Continue reading Cleveland’s Oldest Publicly Owned Market
In celebration of National Environmental Education Week and Earth Day next Tuesday April 22, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the people who read my blog in the United States and around the world. TeachGreenBlog now has readership in over 30 countries! I appreciate your continued support and shared interest in … Continue reading Introducing The Green Beans & the Litterbugs: A Multimedia Approach to Environmental Education
The next time our leaders plan to discuss important issues that affect all of humankind… maybe they should meet in the garden. Throughout the ages, its virtues have proven to be common ground that everyone can agree on. So, what is the common denominator that brings us to the garden? I believe that connecting with … Continue reading In the Garden: A Universal Sanctuary for the Body, Mind and Spirit
I was planning to write about urban gardening next. However, as I began my research, I ran across a term that was unfamiliar to me…food deserts… so I dug a little deeper. I wondered. What is a food desert, exactly? On the surface, it seems to be a contradiction of terms. By some serendipitous twist … Continue reading What is a Food Desert?
Throughout my childhood, our family farm in Pennsylvania was not only a summer getaway from city life, but also a place to host extended family and friends. Many times we were allowed to bring classmates from school. One particular friend shared my affinity for horses and was a frequent guest. We spent long summer days … Continue reading Environmental Education in the Flipped Classroom