Pinecones can predict the weather!

Pinecones can predict the weather! No need for fancy equipment—pinecones are nature’s hygrometer. All you need are three or four pine cones. Have your kids line them up on a window sill, or use some sticky tack to hold them upright. In dry weather, the pinecones open, and in wet […]

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Maximizing the Learning Potential of Field Trips

Field trips are still one of the best ways to provide concrete examples of abstract concepts.  They are effective at all grade levels and in every content area. Since shrinking budgets have reduced field trip opportunities, it’s critical to maximize the experience. Here are a few thoughts to consider: Pre-trip […]


Fall Color Match

Sometimes simple things can be the most memorable. One of my warmest and most vivid fall memories is of colorful leaves raining down from the trees in a gentle breeze. When our children were growing up we would take hikes on those glorious fall days, and challenge each other to […]

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A New Look for Fall Leaves

 Fall is fabulous! After a sizzling summer, the crisper and cooler fall days gently coax us outside. Here is a creative way to use those stunning fall leaves that cover the ground. Take a hike and collect some fallen leaves that look especially interesting—get many different colors and shapes and […]


An Inspiring School Success Story: Recycling, Sustainability and Zero Waste!

How wonderful to celebrate with 500 children on a mission to improve the world!   We did that today at Park Forest Elementary School in State College Pennsylvania. Park Forest Elementary (PFE) is part of the State College Area School District in Central Pennsylvania. I learned of the school’s exemplary outdoor/environmental […]

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