Summer PD

Dear Teachers,

Happy June!  Hope you’ve had a productive year.  If you still need P-credits, please consider these two courses offered by The Horticultural Society of New York in July. Here are their descriptions:

Exploring Nature’s Outdoor Classrooms:  A Field Study
Participants will visit parks and natural areas to explore concepts like native plants, forest and street trees, migratory bird patterns and river ecology within our built environment.  These concepts will be synthesized with a) field references b) site history c) literary references and d) culture of the site.   Teachers will develop rich, customized learning activities, assessment tools and a field guide for their future use.  Field visits will include hiking & birding in Central Park, canoeing & fishing on the Hudson River, exploring gardens built by The Horticultural Society of New York and identifying plants at the Highline.  By the end of this course, participants will have a comprehensive introduction to urban ecology and natural history of New York City.   In the past, teachers have called it “summer camp for grown-ups”.  There will be some walking, it might be hot outside, but it we learn a lot and have fun.  Register and read more here: <>

Beyond the Lima Bean:  An Interdisciplinary Approach to Plant Science
This hands-on course will delve into plant parts with an innovative, interdisciplinary and sensory focus. Each day, plant anatomy and function will be observed as we delve into stem transportation, flower dissection (a component of city-wide 4th grade science test), seed dispersal and leaf construction.  The six main parts of a plant will then be happily united with visual, culinary, theatrical and musical arts as participants sketch hairy roots, create playful “photosynthesis songs”, design floral arrangements and learn how chocolate is made from cacao seeds.  To maximize participant and ultimately student learning, we will connect basic botany with mathematics, art and literacy aspects of the elementary school curriculum. Each session will teach strategies for delivering differentiated instruction to address some of the many types of learners, especially artist, tactile and kinesthetic learners. This year, the course will be offered at RIVERBANK STATE PARK on West 145th St.  Free parking is available.  Register and read more here:

For more information, please feel free to contact Pam Ito, course instructor.

Pamela Ito | Director of Education
The Horticultural Society of New York
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10018
212-757-0915 x106


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AHS Great American Gardeners Award

Tufts Online Food and Nutrition Certificate Programs

ESI Summer Institute-Creating Culturally Responsive Environments

Share your environmental stories with Green Teacher

CELF Summer Institute: Education for Sustainability

PLAYA Residency

Call for papers for science journals

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City Parks Foundation Seasonal Garden Educator

Greetings educators!

As the school year wraps up and summer programming begins, City Parks Foundation is looking to hire a seasonal educator position at one of our gardens within the Learning Gardens program.

Please see the job description attached.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me: Mhara

Stay cool and hydrated this hot week!


Manna Hara

Associate Director of Environmental Education

City Parks Foundation


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Climate Change Meets a Stubborn Obstacles: Students

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Opportunities & Events

New Reuse in Architecture Open Call for Projects (DEADLINE: June 12)

Healthy School Food Summit

Zeor Waste Classroom Clean up

STEM Speakers sought

I am seeking examples of some basic “how to start a youth gardening / farming project” community “Toolkit” for a group in South Africa looking to establish community-based teaching gardens for vulnerable (HIV/AIDs) impacted youth. They are hoping to work with schools and rural communities to integrate a holistic approach to engage youth on the health aspects of eating fresh vegetables, education around farming/growing food, provide employment, promote entrepreneurial business opportunities, and add value to a growing agri-tourism industry (using the gardens to attract visitors on hikes through the scenic hills in rural areas). The group is a health-based organization that has limited experience planning or implementing gardens and is seeking a list of resources or “how-to-manuals.” I have some good examples I’ll be sharing with them already, but they are interested in being “inundated with resources to review and research” so I was hoping to get more materials and suggestions for resource guides or toolkits from this wealth of all you community food system folks.
Thanks in advance for your help and suggestions. Happy to compile and re-share what you all send!
Best, Jennifer

Jennifer Hashley, Director
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

M, T, Th: Lowell Office
45 Merrimack Street, Fifth Floor, Lowell, MA 01852

W: Boston Office
150 Harrison Avenue, Rm 256, Boston, MA 02111

F: Remote Office
Cell: 617-306-4879
Fax: 866-306-3941 <;

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Whole Kids Foundation: Extended Learning Garden Grant

Varied water conservation grants

Brooklyn Community Foundation Invest in Youth Grant

Walmart Foundation National Giving Program

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This request came to me today…and it’s INCREDIBLE.

My name is Fred Wolf and I run an ecologically aligned planning, design, and education firm and am seeking a school to partner with.

I’d like to add a request for partnership to your blog, but don’t know how to send you a document.

I’m looking for a school that has an underutilized yard space and would like to establish a large native plant garden to their space.

I have a document that explains this request.  How could I send it to you?

I cannot attach a .pdf to this email.

Let me know how I could do this in the hopes you could blast it out to your followers.



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