Will the Amazon become the next Dust Bowl?

With the recent devastating wildfires in the states, and now the fires raging in the Amazon, my kids have been watching closely and wondering what is going on!? … Tonight’s extensive PBS NewsHour report was an eye-opener regarding Brazilian politics and rate of deforestation going on in the Amazon, its scientific relation to increasing drought, and those rebound effects which may stress remaining forest into an eventual die-out.

HonestKids Drink Pouches are Recyclable – and from home!

Don’t buy pouches if you don’t intend to recycle – because they don’t have to be trash!

How to Celebrate Birthday without Cake…or a Unique “Treat” Idea for Schools

With the start of the school year and all the birthdays we celebrate in class, I was brainstorming an alternative to unnecessarily sweet, and allergy-risky treats in the classroom. What could be a fun activity for students and leave a lasting impact on their generation (and the school itself)?

The Super Recycling Crusade Has Begun!

It’s official. I hand delivered the 600+ take-home bags for collecting “not trash” items to the faculty, staff and their classrooms today. Now it’s up to us and all our peers to spread the word and remind everyone what is SUPER RECYCLING!

Walmart Teams up with Terracycle: Receive a $30 Gift Card for your Car Seat trade-in!

If you bring in your used car seat between the dates of September 16-30, 2019 at participating locations, you will receive a $30 gift card towards your future child purchases (see site to plug in your zip code and search your area).

“Snow on the Prairie”: research for an opioid alternative blooms in our own backyard.

I was just driving my eldest home from ballet class yesterday evening when we passed a large patch of these on the roadside, and I wondered to myself, is this native? Oh how badly I wanted to just pull over (on this road with barely a shoulder) and snap a photo to ID it.

The Common Sense of Prescribing Nature

“I don’t know if people realize how important it is for people like me to be able to learn how to live in the world again, because trees are forgiving. The grass doesn’t judge you. The grass doesn’t care how squirrelly you seem to be that day. It doesn’t care. When I first started this, I’m like, oh, come on, seriously? Going outside is going to help what, really? But, amazingly so, it does help.” – Vercincia Vinzant as interviewed by Cat Wise for the PBS News Hour

The NWF Eco-Schools Challenge

Our latest issue of Ranger Rick magazine’s (rangerrick.org) extra cover jacket sported a short, almost hidden little column on “Empowering Students to be Environmental Stewards.” And it questioned whether our local schools were part of …