We are bringing our garden education program online. Each week, there will be new science curriculum video lessons that share what we do with the schools and that you can do with your kids back home. We will also have seasonal activities and cooking lessons with a recipe!
Recipe: From Beautiful Beans to Delicious Dip
This recipe is versatile! Make a hummus-like dip, black bean dip, or white bean dip with vegetables and herbs. What would taste good dipped in bean dip?!
Seasonal Offering: Egg Carton Scavenger Hunt
A twist to the basic scavenger hunt. All you need is an egg carton and natural objects. This activity is for those who have an eye for matching.
Lesson: Ancient Agriculture
Tune in to our last week of Virtual Learning Lessons by learning about the history of agriculture and how it changed the way we live today. Then, create your own aqueduct using water bottles.
Lesson: Eat a Rainbow
Learn about the positive health effects that individual phytonutrients play for the bodies of plants and people. Then, we will make and taste a smoothie using produce from every color of the rainbow!
Seasonal Offering: Vegetable Watercolors
In today’s lesson, we will be learning how to make natural watercolors that you can use to create beautiful watercolor creations.
Recipe: Tops and Bottoms Popsicles
Explore foods that are tops and bottoms of plants and make strawberry basil popsicles with beet juice!
Lesson: Pollution Solutions
In this lesson, you'll be able to define marine debris and identify sources and physical properties of trash items that become marine debris. From learning this, you will understand the impacts of marine debris on sea life and marine ecosystems.
Seasonal Offering: Garden Monsters
A creative activity indeed! We are making garden monsters out of homemade playdough. Collect natural items for eyes, legs, crazy hair, and give that monster some character!
Lesson: Is Soil Alive?
Do you think soil is alive? Kids tend to enjoy digging in the garden. This lesson will help you gain an understanding of what lives in soil and how decomposition makes the soil better for plants.
Seasonal Offering: Wildflower Seed Balls
Seed balls are little nuggets of clay, compost, and native seeds that you throw at the ground. This could be a native area that has been burnt out or a vacant place that needs beautification. As the weather breaks down the seed ball, the compost and clay will allow the seed to root and take hold.
Recipe: Rainbow Grain Salad
It's important to 'Eat the Rainbow' because different colored foods help our bodies in different ways. Eating all the colors allows us to be strong and healthy!
Lesson: Getting Micro with Climate
Let's explore the difference of climate, weather, and seasons. We will also make a wind vane to help us observe the differences in the wind from one place in your yard to another. We will observe and explore different areas near home using our five senses. Check out how!
Seasonal Offering: Garden Yoga
Welcome to our One Cool Earth’s Seasonal Offering. This week, we want to inspire you to get your kids outside for some breathing and stretching in the fresh air!
Recipe: Rolling into Spring
Eating a diet high in raw fruits and vegetables provides you a lot of essential nutrients with relatively low calories. We are making spring rolls!
Lesson: Living in Our Watershed
We all live in a watershed! Take a look at the water cycle and make observations about how water and pollution runs off/infiltrates landscapes. In what ways do we harm or heal our watershed?
Seasonal Offering: Nature Walk
On top of enjoying nature, we're going to prevent future marine debris. Follow us as we take a walk along a creek in Arroyo Grande, CA.
Be able to define 'emulsion' and prepare a dressing using an emulsifier. It might be great to have some fresh greens to use this recipe on!
Lesson: Flower Power
Understand flower anatomy and reproductive parts of a flower. Learn the importance of pollinators for food production and how flowers and pollinators have coevolved over time.
Seasonal Offering: Nature Bracelets
A great activity for getting outside and noticing details about the environment. All you need is a roll of tape!
Recipe: Root Fruit Slaw
Roots, and root hairs, act as nature's straw to gather water and nutrients. They also anchor plants in place. Let's assemble a root fruit slaw with root vegetables and fruits!
Lesson: Hoop House Greenhouse
We will take a look at the fabulous creation that allow humans to monitor or control soil temperatures, the greenhouse, and engineer our very own greenhouse prototype!
Seasonal Offfering: Newspaper Pots
Create 100% compostable newspaper pots where you can start seedlings to later seamlessly move into our garden beds.
Recipe: Quick, Pickle That!
Explore the role of preservation in preparing food and make customized quick pickles.
Create your own compost bag and predict what types of items will decompose in a bag of soil in one month.
Seasonal Offering: Create a Compost System at Home
How to create a compost bin, what types of foods to put in compost, and how to keep compost healthy.
Recipe: Ants on a Log
Explore and identify "MyPlate" food groups and learn the word "substitute" all while preparing fun and healthy snack!
This lesson will teach your child how seeds function and how to create a mini greenhouse!
Seasonal Offering: How to Make a Container Garden
Learn how to create a container garden display with upcycled materials such as a toilet paper roll and plastic bottle.
Recipe: Choose-Your-Own-Flavor Popcorn
Explore flavor profiles of herbs and spices to create a custom popcorn seasoning. What flavor would you prefer? Let your taste buds determine the flavors of your liking.
Seasonal Offering: How to Make a Garden Journal
Most kids love to journal, so it is only natural to start a gardening journal. A garden journal will be useful for kids when new lessons come out.
Recipe: Sunny Honey Seed Snacks
Prepare a healthy snack rich in seeds with this Sunny Honey Seed Snack recipe!