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  • Friday, May 24, 2013 | Filed under Sustainability and Funding


    If you need assistance with funding or putting together lesson plans for your garden, you're in the right place! For a full list of grants and trainings, click here


    May 31: School Garden Grants from Annie's Homegrown

    Annie’s Homegrown offers a limited number of small grants to school gardens. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.

     Annie’s Homegrown focuses on giving to school garden programs that meet the following guidelines:

    1. They donate only to K-12 schools located within the United States.
    2. While there are many worthy causes, their grants are ...

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  • Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | Filed under Engineering , Environmental Stewardship , School Garden Installation , Community


    They are smiling because the water conserving drip system has been engineered and installed at Burton Hill Elementary School in Fort Worth, TX on Friday, May 10 with the most expert guidance and assistance from them; and they are Debbie Key and Bill Vandever, Tarrant County Master Gardeners extraordinaire. They’re happy that 200 + folks from the community at large, specifically volunteers from Mercedes Benz Corporation, parents, teachers and students have completed another REAL School Garden for instructing and facilitating knowledge through nature in context with the real world.

    People like these folks (Debbie and Bill) volunteer their time ...

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  • Friday, May 17, 2013 | Filed under

    A few weeks ago, the children of Academy at Carrie F. Thomas had a pair of mallard ducks visit their REAL school garden.  The two liked the space so much they decided to live there.  The students were so excited, and were constantly checking to see what the ducks were up to.  And guess what they discovered?  The teachers there sent us a little photo book to share the experience.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

    The courtship begins! 

    The courtship begins

    BIG discovery of little eggs

    A big discovery!

    A nervous mama paces.... 

    Mamma is nervous

    But wait!  THERE'S MORE!

    But Wait!  There's more!

    Children learn to ...

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  • Friday, May 10, 2013 | Filed under School Garden Installation , Community , Family Activities , REAL Supporters

    Sarah Geer is Director of Foundation and Individual Relations, REAL School Gardens

    On April 27, more than 100 FedEx volunteers completed a very special same-day delivery: they created a sustainable learning garden in the span of one day.

    For the 612 students at Dr. Barbara Jordan Elementary in Dallas, this garden will help them connect with their lessons – and the environment – in a new and meaningful way. FedEx volunteers applied their expertise in efficiency to make quick work of numerous projects, including: tilling the ground, depositing wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of soil in garden beds, erecting a grape arbor, ...

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  • Thursday, May 9, 2013 | Filed under Educators , Instructional Aids , Science

    We recently attended a great workshop at the NSTA conference in San Antonio where we acquired a simple and synthesized list of some of the best iPad apps to use in the outdoor classroom. For many of the apps, students took pictures of things outside and used the pictures in the apps to create diagrams, sequences, webs, etc. We thank Judi Kur and Kimber Hershberger, two elementary teachers from Pennsylvania, for sharing this list with us.  Looking for ways to integrate outdoor teaching and technology?  These apps are kid tested, teacher approved!



    This app allows students ...

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