Promote Biodiversity in Your Community

Monday, May 22 is International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). The theme for this year is Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism in keeping with the United Nation’s designation of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Well-managed tourism can reduce threats to biodiversity. What is biodiversity? Simply put, it refers to the variety…

Remember Mother Earth When Celebrating Your Mother

May 14 is Mother’s Day! Celebrate your mother and Mother Earth. Mother Earth has a place in many different cultures. The Greek version is Gaia from whom all live sprang and who personifies the interconnected ecosystems of Earth. The Earth on Turtle’s Back is a story from Native American tradition about a world of all…

What are you doing for Earth Day?

Consider a field trip, an in-class project, a take-home activity, or class presentations. Here are some project ideas and resources. Projects and activities Read a book about pollution or the environment. Maybe a good time to read or re-read the classic Silent Spring by Rachel Carson? Create a poster, book report, or other display about…

Happy International Plant Appreciation Day!

Did you know that April 13 is International Plant Appreciation Day? We always appreciate plants around here, especially our native plants. Native plants bring benefits to Northwest land and water resources, wildlife, and people. Northwest fish and wildlife depend on native plants for food, shelter, and cover. Here are just seven reasons to use native…

Spring Gardening Tips for School and Home Gardens

Spring is here and it’s time to get started on your garden. Whether you’re gardening at school or at home, whether you’re growing edible or decorative plants, we have some tips! First, make sure you have good soil for planting. The best soil composition is called “loamy.” This drains well, but retains some moisture and…

March 12 is Daylight Saving Time – What else can we save?

Daylight saving time 2017 starts at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12. There’s an interesting and complex history to daylight saving time! While it’s questionable whether daylight saving time conserves energy, we can do other things in our daily lives that without question save resources and will help our Earth. Save energy •  One easy…

Ways to Love the Planet

It’s Valentines’ Day! Let’s show our love for the planet. We all live here together, so showing love for our planet is also a way of caring for our family, friends, and neighbors. Participate in Meatless Monday (or Tuesday, or …) Eating more fruits, vegetables, greens, and grains than eggs, dairy, and meat can help…