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  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , School Garden Design , Community

    Features to spark curiosity and encourage exploration

     A child’s natural curiosity is sparked just by being outdoors. Watching a plant grow from seed or a butterfly emerge from its cocoon are experiences that impact children for a lifetime. Features can be added or additional materials can be used to encourage a sense of wonder and exploration. This could include:


       Water and/or sand features

       Areas for digging

       Natural exploration spaces (e.g., rocks to look under, logs to sit on)

       Block or natural building areas using loose parts (e.g., twigs, limbs, cut ...

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  • Monday, September 16, 2013 | Filed under

    While gathering food, a honey bee may fly up to 60 miles in one day, with an Honeybee flyingaverage flight speed of 15 miles per hour.

    A dragonfly can fly at speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Take that, honey bee! dragonfly

    Scorpions, which are arachnids, have exoskeletons that reflect back ultraviolet rays and willGlowing Scorpion glow a bluish hue under the moonlight or a black light. Fossilized scorpions still glow under moonlight and black lights after 300 million years.  The praying mantis is the only insect that can turn its head and look over its shoulder – its other shoulder. Yes, ...

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  • Friday, September 13, 2013 | Filed under

    Thank you in advance for helping REAL School Gardens spread the word about North Texas Giving Day!  We really appreciate anything you can do to help raise awareness around our fundraising efforts on the 19th.  Even if you can't afford to donate much, we're trying to get as many individual donors as possible, so letting your friends and family members know why you support us will go a long way to helping us reach our goals!  Below, please find suggested Facebook posts.  

    Facebook templates -- Please feel free to cut/paste/customize for your audience. 

    In the week leading up to ...

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  • Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Filed under

    You knew that fruit gave you energy, but electricity?

    In this month’s National Geographic there was a picture that caught my co-worker’s (Mr. V) eye:

    glowing pumpkin

    Apparently, wedges of an orange generate enough current and electrical juice—3.5 volts—to power an LED light. In the picture you can see that the fruit’s citric acid helps electrons flow from galvanized nails to copper wire creating a closed circuit which powered a light for 14 hours.

    Our upcoming garden coordinator meetings focused on implementing STEM lessons in the outdoor classroom.  This potato powered calculator lesson is a preview of one of the breakout ...

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  • Thursday, September 12, 2013 | Filed under Sustainability and Funding

    The school year has started and we know you're on the move!  Not sure where to start lessons in your garden?  Sign up for a training!  You can get some inspiration by checking out our trainings and articles sections within our full list of grants.  We're keeping our eye out for the latest grants for your garden! 



    September 16: FirstEnergy accepting STEM grant applications from educators


    FirstEnergy Corp., an energy company serving Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia, is offering education grants of up to $500 for creative classroom projects in the 2013-14 ...

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  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | Filed under

    For the North Texas Giving Day fundraising competition, REAL School Gardens is working hard to get as many new donors as possible so we can build learning gardens in low income schools.  While this is important work, it doesn't mean we can't have a good laugh too.  So here are some bug jokes to keep your kids smiling all day.  And don't forget, it's only one week till the giving day, so please share this link to our fundraising page with your networks  If you're lucky enough to be able to donate to our cause, every $25 gift donated ...

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  • Friday, September 6, 2013 | Filed under

    This guest blog comes to us from David Gracer at Small Stock Foods. 




    Culinary disclaimer:

       As I've said many, many times: insects are the food of the future; are nutritious and highly-efficient converters of feed and various other variables; and are [or at least could be] perfectly acceptable foods from the palate's point-of-view. And yet...I'm really not a great cook. At all. Anyone who knows what they're doing with culinary tools and techniques could make these ingredients taste far better than I could. ...

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  • Sunday, September 1, 2013 | Filed under Educators , Instructional Aids

    The May 18th teacher training session will be rescheduled for Fall 2013.

    At REAL School Gardens, we are educators first and foremost, so we provide every school partner with three years of multifaceted teacher training and garden support.  To reach as many children as possible, we sometimes open our trainings up to any teacher who wants to increase student engagement by taking their class outdoors.


    On Saturday, May 18, REAL School Gardens' award-winning educators have created an accredited teacher training program open to all teachers and principals. Dig Deeper: REAL School Gardens Professional Development is a day-long training that ...

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