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  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Filed under Environmental Stewardship , Community , REAL Supporters

    In my role at REAL School Gardens, I'm not out in the field as often as my colleagues. But over the past week, I've gotten to spend some time away from the computer screen preparing for our Fling-A-Thing event to celebrate North Texas Giving Day. Most people probably wouldn't consider collecting manure samples to be joyful, engaging, soul-filling work. But that's exactly what it was for me, and it reminded me of why we work so hard to get students outdoors and learning.

    When I was standing on the prairie at the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge surrounded ...

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  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014 | Filed under

    Though we’re having fun with the Fling-a-Thing! we’re holding for North Texas Giving Day, at REAL School Gardens, we always focus on increasing teacher effectiveness and student engagement through hands-on outdoor learning.  So, we’ve also created a collected a series of lessons that teachers and parents can do with their kids that will get them interested in the physics of projectiles, as well as the chemistry and biology at work in composting. 

    Fling-a-Thing!  – Slingshot lesson:   For Fling-a-Thing!, our fearless educators have pulled together a great selection of our famous hands-on outdoor lesson plans.  Children build and experiment with ...

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  • Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | Filed under Volunteering , Parent Paricipation , Educators , Community , REAL Teacher Journal , REAL Supporters

    A new school year has started with subtle yet significant changes to the REAL School Garden education program.  New “Evergreen Training” name, but the goal remains the same.  As we prepare for the new garden coordinator meeting, I can’t help to reflect on this sustainability flow I wrote before our May 2014 Garden Coordinator meeting.  Sustainability or maintenance of the teaching garden seems to be a common topic of concern and interest for our outdoor learning leaders.

     As experts in the garden-based education movement, we aspire to work with instructional leaders, teachers, and garden coordinators to:

    • Appreciate gardens as resources ...

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