Farm to School Online

The Corvallis Environmental Center’s Farm to School program increases the use of local foods in our schools, encourages children to make healthy eating choices, and supports regional farmers. We do this through cooking classes, field trips, tasting tables, garden lessons, and more.

In response to the coronavirus closures, the Farm to School program will be providing content virtually through videos and activity guides. Check back here for new content every week!

From the CEC Kitchen

STEAM activities and lessons with a culinary twist!

April Classroom Food Adventure (Grades K-8)

Join us for a virtual Classroom Food Adventure featuring our April Harvest of the Month: Honey! We will make a simple, yet delicious, recipe with only 4 ingredients. Bees will be buzzing to get a hold of this sweet treat. Grab the recipe here: Honey Cinnamon Apples Recipe

Share with us what you made and any other ways that you enjoy honey by posting a picture on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #CECconnects!

Be sure to download our pollinator identification worksheet for your age/grade:

Kindergarten Pollinator Worksheet

1st and 2nd Grade Pollinator Worksheet

3rd-5th Grade Pollinator Worksheet

Seed Art: 3-part series (All ages)

Headed out for a walk or eating some fruit for a snack? Be on the look out for seeds!

Check out our three part video series on how to make art using seeds:

In Part 1 we use tree seeds to make fun designs using paint. Seed Painting Art Instructions

In Part 2 we use tree seeds in a new way by making seed designs, and don’t forget Part 3! Here we use seeds from the kitchen or old seed packets to make a seed mosaic. How else can you use seeds to make art? Be sure to share your creations with us by posting a picture on Instagram or Facebook and using the hashtag #CECConnects!

Seed Design Instructions

 

Mosaic Seed Art Instructions

 

Fruit vs Veggie (All ages)

Would you call a carrot a fruit? Or a pepper a vegetable? Find out a simple trick to help you tell which is which!

Once you know the trick, put it to the test with this Fruit vs Veggie Worksheet!

Fruit and Veggie Yoga for Kids

Bring some movement to your day with this fun fruit and vegetable themed yoga video! We will stretch, jump, and breathe as we use our imaginations to become different foods. Make sure to watch the Fruit vs. Veggie video above, too, to learn the difference between fruits and vegetables!

Quick Pickled Radishes (All ages)

Quick Pickled Radishes

These quick pickled radishes are a fun way to change up the taste of radishes for those who don’t love them as is: They lose their bitter taste and become more mild. This a great recipe for kids to help with and the fun pink color they turn may encourage them (or you!) to try a new food!

Ingredient List

  • 1 bunch (12-14) Radishes
  • ¾ Cup of rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Red pepper flakes or garlic cloves (optional)
  • 2 tbsp of sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ½ cup of hot water

Steps

  1. Thinly slice radishes (or use a mandolin)
  2. Add all ingredients to a jar
  3. Stir
  4. Let sit for ~1 hour
  5. Enjoy! 

Snack Engineering- Coming Soon!

Imagine, create, and build with items found around your kitchen for a fun and healthy snack!

Food Investigations: Getting to the Source/Investigaciones alimentarias: llegar a la fuente (Grades 3-5 Activity Sheet)

Food Investigations: Getting to the Source

Adapted from FoodCorps

In this activity we will be investigating food and nutrition labels to trace our foods to their sources!

Here is what you need:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Some of your favorite foods/snack that have a nutrition label on the packaging

Background information:

Think about the various foods you have eaten so far today, and list them on a piece of paper. Were some of your foods listed food products, perhaps whole foods?

A whole food is food in its natural state like a 

tomato, a berry, or corn. A product is something you make with a whole food, like jam or french fries, and it usually comes in packaging from the grocery store.

Let’s start!

Now that we know a bit more about the food we eat, let’s explore the nutrition label on one of your favorite foods and get to the source of our food.

  1. To begin, we will create a word web: In the center of your paper, write the name of the food you chose. (ex. Cheerios)
  2. Grab your chosen food, and read all the ingredients listed (you can usually find these under the nutrition table)
  3. Draw a line out from the center for each ingredient listed and write the ingredient on the far end of the line (see example on next page)
  4. Once each ingredient is listed, think about the source of each ingredient and draw another line to note where it came from (ex. sugar–>sugar cane plant, salt–>mineral)
    1. Any words you don’t know or recognize? These are probably preservatives or fillers to make the food last longer or change
    2.  the taste/texture. Ask an adult if they recognize this ingredient, or investigate online?
    3. Trace each ingredient as far as you can to get to its original source

Some questions to ponder:

  • How many different plants were used to create this food?
  • Where do you think these plants are grown?

Next time you sit down to have a meal or snack, think about how m

 

any ingredients make up the food you are eating. 

Is it processed? The more ingredients added, the more the food is processed. 

 

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Investigaciones alimentarias: llegar a la fuente

Adaptado de FoodCorps

¡En esta actividad, investigamos los alimentos y las etiquetas de información nutricional para descubrir el origen de nuestros alimentos!

Esto es lo que necesita:

  • Papel
  • Lápiz
  • Algunas de sus comidas favoritos que tienen una etiqueta de información nutricional en el empaque

Información de contexto:

Piense en los diversos alimentos que ha comido hoy, y escríbelos en una hoja de papel. ¿Algunos de sus alimentos eran productos alimenticios, quizás alimentos integrales?

Un alimento integral es un alimento en su estado natural como un tomate, una fresa o el maíz. Un producto alimenticio es algo que se prepara con un alimento integral, como mermelada o papas fritas, y generalmente es en un empaque de la tienda de comestibles.

Así es cómo:

Ahora que sabemos un poco más sobre los alimentos que comemos, vamos a explorar la etiqueta de información nutricional de uno de sus  alimentos favoritos.

  1. Para comenzar, vamos a crear una red de palabras: En el centro de su papel, escribe el nombre del alimento que elegiste. (ej. Cheerios)
  2. Tome su comida elegida y lea todos los ingredientes que contiene (generalmente listado debajo de la tabla de nutrición)
  3. Dibuje una línea desde el centro para cada ingrediente listado y escribe el ingrediente en el extremo más alejado de la línea (vea el ejemplo en la página siguiente)
  4. Cuando se enumera cada ingrediente, piense en la fuente de cada ingrediente y dibuje otra línea para anotar de dónde está originado (ej. azúcar -> planta de caña de azúcar, sal -> mineral)
  1. ¿Alguna palabra que no conozca o no reconozca? Probablemente se trate de conservantes o rellenos para hacer que la comida dure más o para cambiar el sabor o la textura. Pregúntale a un adulto si reconoce este ingrediente o investiga en línea.
  2. Rastree cada ingrediente lo más que pueda para llegar a su origen original

Algunas preguntas para reflexionar:

  • ¿Cuántas plantas diferentes se cultivaron para crear este alimento?
  • ¿Dónde crees que se cultivan estas plantas?

La próxima vez que coma, piense en cuántos ingredientes hay en la comida que está comiendo. ¿Está procesado? Cuantos más ingredientes se agregan, más se procesa la comida.

November Harvest of the Month Recipe/La Receta de la Cosecha del Mes de Noviembre (All ages)

The Harvest of the Month for November is Carrots! We will be making a carrot and apple slaw with a honey and yogurt dressing. Many of the ingredients we will be using can be substituted for ingredients that you have at home or prefer to use. Full recipe is below the video, along with a bonus recipe!

¡La cosecha del mes de noviembre son las zanahorias! Vamos a preparar una ensalada de zanahoria y manzana con un aderezo de miel y yogur. Muchos de los ingredientes que vamos a utilizar pueden ser sustituidos por ingredientes que tiene en casa o prefiere utilizar. ¡La receta completa está después del video, junto con una receta adicional!

Video without Spanish Subtitles

Video with Spanish Subtitles

Carrot & Apple Slaw

Original Recipe: https://realhousemoms.com/carrot-apple-slaw/

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¼ cups shredded carrots
  • 4 cups chopped apples (matchstick sized slices)
  • 1 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (or substitutes like mashed avocados and lemon juice)
  • 3 tbsp. Non-fat greek yogurt (any type of yogurt will work)
  • 3 tbsp. Rice vinegar (apple cider or lemon juice are the best direct substitutes)
  • 3 tbsp. Honey
  • ½ tsp. Salt

Steps:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine and whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, rice vinegar, honey, and salt.
  2. Add carrots, apples and dried fruit to the medium bowl and mix well.
  3. Enjoy!

 

Ensalada de zanahoria y manzana

Ingredientes:

  • 1 ¼ tazas de zanahorias ralladas
  • 4 tazas de manzanas picadas (rebanadas del tamaño de una cerilla)
  • 1 taza de pasas (u otra fruta seca)
  • ¼ taza de mayonesa (o sustitutos como puré de aguacates y jugo de limón)
  • 3 cucharadas Yogur griego sin grasa (cualquier tipo de yogur funcionará)
  • 3 cucharadas Vinagre de arroz (la sidra de manzana o el jugo de limón son los mejores sustitutos directos)
  • 3 cucharadas Miel
  • ½ cucharadita sal

Pasos:

  • En un tazón mediano, combine y bata la mayonesa, el yogur, el vinagre de arroz, la miel y la sal.
  • Agregue las zanahorias, las manzanas y las frutas secas al tazón mediano y mezcle bien.
  • ¡Disfruta!

 

 

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha and Carrot Hummus

Original Recipe: https://www.bowlofdelicious.com/sweet-and-spicy-sriracha-and-carrot-hummus/

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots (roughly chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (roughly chopped)
  • 30 oz canned chickpeas (rinsed and drained) or 2.5 cups cooked chickpeas
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tbsp. Honey
  • ¼ cup Sriracha hot sauce (or other preferred hot sauce)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tbsp. water

Steps:

  1. In a food processor or blender, add and blend carrots and garlic together, until finely minced.
  2. Add chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, honey, hot sauce, salt and pepper to the minced mixture and blend until smooth. 
  3. Gradually add a tbsp. of water at a time until the hummus is a desired consistency (the hummus will thicken a bit after being refrigerated)
  4. Enjoy!

 

 

Build-a-Bowl (2nd grade and up)

There are over 250 different products grown in Oregon, so there are countless recipes you can make with only Oregon-grown products. Watch us make one and learn what grows here, with some fun facts along the way! After the video, you can look at this activity sheet to learn even more of what grows in Oregon.

 

 

YOU can Garden, too!

Whether you have a garden or not, everyone can learn from these videos and grow their own fruits, veggies, flowers, or beans.

Starting from Seed (Grades 3-8)

Don’t throw your egg cartons away! Watch  and learn how you can take an empty egg carton and use it to start growing your own seeds indoors. Learn why it is helpful to start seeds inside, especially when you don’t have your own outdoor garden.

Then, the video below will cover how to transplant the seedlings once they get bigger. Show us your seed starter and seedlings by posting a picture on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #CECconnects!

Plant Your Kitchen (All ages)

Instead of tossing your food scraps in the compost, plant them and watch them grow! Watch the video to learn how. Written instructions are below!

Plant your Kitchen Instructions

Avocado

Materials: 

  • Avocado pit (washed and dried)
  • Cup or jar (filled with water)
  • Toothpicks
  • Water

Instructions:

  1. Find the widest part of the avocado pit
  2. Using 3 toothpicks stick them around the widest part of the avocado, placing them equal distance apart.
  3. Set the avocado pit on top of the jar of water. Bottom of the pit should be touching the water. 
  4. Place in a sunny window. 
  5. You should see growth in about 2-6 weeks!

 

Garlic

Materials:

  • Container with holes in the bottom. You can use empty plastic food containers and just add holes! Filled with soil. 
  • soil 
  • Garlic cloves

Instructions

  1. Make a hole big enough to fit the whole clove of garlic. 
  2. If your garlic isn’t sprouting before you put it in the soil, that’s okay! Find the small flat part towards the bottom of the garlic, this is where the roots will grow. 
  3. Place the garlic in the hole, root side down. 
  4. Cover with soil. If the garlic has sprouted and already has greens, leave the greens uncovered. 
  5. The garlic most likely won’t produce new garlic bulbs, but the greens are edible! 

Layers of Soil Yogurt Parfait (Grades 3rd-8th)

Discover a delicious way to learn about soil! Watch the video, learn more about soil below, then make your own version of this soil parfait at home and share it with us by posting it to social media and tagging the Corvallis Environmental Center!

 

 

Some notes on soil layers/horizons:

Organic layer- This is the surface layer made up of living and decomposing leaves, plants, bugs, etc. It is also referred to as humus.

Topsoil- This horizon is made of decomposed organic matter and minerals. It is where plant roots are mainly found.

Subsoil- Here you’ll find lots of clay and mineral deposits, and slightly more organic matter than bedrock.

Bedrock and parent rock- These are the deepest layers and are made up of mostly unbroken rock and small amounts of organic material. You cannot find plant roots in this layer.

 

 

Photo Credit: https://lewisbamboo.com/how-bamboo-grows/soil-layers/

Make Your Own Window Greenhouse (All ages)

Watch seeds germinate in just a few days with this fun window greenhouse activity! With this project, you can monitor growth more easily than seeds planted in soil. Construct a greenhouse in your window using just paper, tape, markers, seeds (dried beans work best), water, and a paper towel. Watch your seed sprout and track its growth! After you watch the video, check out the directions below.

 

Window Greenhouse Step by Step

Watch seeds germinate in just a few days with this fun window greenhouse activity! With this project, you can monitor growth more easily than seeds planted in soil.

Materials needed:

  • Sheets of paper (construction, printer, or recycled paper bags)
  • Markers or crayons
  • Tape
  • Sealable bag, such as a sandwich/snack bag
  • Dried beans 
  • Paper towel or cotton balls

Directions:

  1. Trace the shape of your desired greenhouse onto your paper. To make a front and a back side, trace it twice. You can also use download and print this template.
  2. Cut out your greenhouse and decorate it
  3. Place damp paper towel or cotton balls in a sealable baggie 
  4. Add dried beans to your bag with the paper towels (2-5 beans)
  5. Close bag and tape to greenhouse cutouts
  6. Tape your greenhouse to the window
  7. Watch them grow!

 

Compost in a Jar/Compost en un Frasco (All Ages Activity Sheet)

Compost in a Jar

A healthy compost has four elements; Nitrogen, Carbon, Water and Air

Here’s what you need:

  • Clear glass jar or plastic container with lid 
  • Soil
  • Leaves or lawn debris (CARBON) 
  • Shredded paper (for example: paper towels, egg carton) (CARBON)
  • Food scraps (for example:. fruit peels, apple cores, egg shells, NO dairy or meat) (NITROGEN)
  • Water

Here’s how:

  1. Layer your materials from bottom up. Start with soil, paper, kitchen scraps, lawn debris and repeat until you reach two inches from the top of the jar. *Note that you will need larger layers of soil and lawn debris and smaller layers of paper and kitchen scraps. 
  2. Add some water into the jar (the soil should be damp, but not soaked!). Then, shake with the lid on and sit it on the kitchen counter or window sill to see the compost in action! 
  3. Poke a few holes in the lid of your jar or container. This lets oxygen in to react with the organic materials inside. If you want to keep track of your compost’s progress, add a small line and date to the top of the soil. As the organic materials begin to decompose, the contents in the jar will reduce.
  4. Shake the jar as materials break down twice every week. When all is done, you’ll have compost that you can add to your garden! 

Extra activity: The landfill experiment 

In a clear container or jar, combine soil, cardboard or shredded paper towels, leaves, food scraps, and trash items such as candy wrappers, straws, plastic pieces, and etc. Put the lid on (no holes!) and shake. Keep the lid on. 

In a landfill, there is little oxygen. The jar with the lid on acts as a landfill and when compared to the compost that you made earlier, you will see the difference. Unlike the compost, the food, leaves, cardboard, and candy wrappers in this jar will not decompose completely. 

Bonus tip: If you have coffee grounds, add to the Compost Jar! They act as an activator which helps to speed up the decomposition process. 

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Compost en un Frasco

Un compost saludable tiene cuatro elementos; Nitrógeno, Carbono, Agua y Aire

Esto es lo que necesitas:

  • Frasco de vidrio transparente o recipiente de plástico con tapa
  • Suelo
  • Hojas o restos de césped (CARBONO)
  • Papel picado (por ejemplo: toallas de papel, cartón de huevos) (CARBONO)
  • Desechos de alimentos (por ejemplo: cáscaras de frutas, corazones de manzanas, cáscaras de huevo, NO lácteos ni carne) (NITRÓGENO)
  • Agua

Así es cómo:

  1. Coloque sus materiales de abajo hacia arriba. Comience con tierra, papel, restos de cocina, restos de césped y repita hasta llegar a dos pulgadas de la parte superior del frasco. * Tenga en cuenta que necesitará capas más grandes de tierra y desechos de césped y capas más pequeñas de papel y restos de cocina.
  2. Agregue un poco de agua en el frasco (la tierra debe estar húmeda, ¡pero no empapada!). Luego, agite con la tapa puesta y siéntelo en el mostrador de la cocina o en el alféizar de la ventana para ver el compost en acción.
  3. Haz algunos agujeros en la tapa de tu frasco o recipiente. Esto permite que el oxígeno reaccione con los materiales orgánicos que contiene. Si desea realizar un seguimiento del progreso de su compost, agregue una línea pequeña y una fecha en la parte superior del suelo. A medida que los materiales orgánicos comienzan a descomponerse, el contenido en el frasco se reducirá.
  4. Agite el frasco ya que los materiales se descomponen dos veces cada semana. Cuando todo esté listo, ¡tendrá compost que puede agregar a su jardín!

Actividad extra: el experimento del vertedero

En un recipiente o frasco transparente, combine tierra, cartón o toallas de papel trituradas, hojas, restos de comida y artículos de basura como envoltorios de dulces, pajitas, piezas de plástico, etc. Coloque la tapa (¡sin agujeros!) Y agite. Mantenga la tapa puesta.

En un vertedero, hay poco oxígeno. El frasco con la tapa puesta actúa como un vertedero y, en comparación con el compost que preparó anteriormente, verá la diferencia. A diferencia del compost, la comida, las hojas, el cartón y los envoltorios de dulces en este frasco no se descompondrán por completo.

Consejo extra: Si tiene café molido, agregue lo al Frasco con Compost. Actúan como un activador que ayuda a acelerar el proceso de descomposición.

Virtual Field Trips

Our Farm to School Spring field trips, brought to you virtually!

From Seed to Plant (Grades K-5)

Join us for a virtual field trip at SAGE where we will take a journey from seed to plant. We will be on the hunt for all different parts of the plant from roots to fruits! Download our Plant Part Labeling Worksheet and fill it out during the field trip.

Our challenge for you is to look around your house, in your pantry or fridge and see how many plant parts you can identify! Share what you found by posing a picture on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #CECconnects!

Insects in the Garden (Grades K-5)

Join us for a virtual field trip at SAGE where we learn all about garden invertebrates, or the animals without a spine! We will look at helpful and harmful garden insects, discuss how pollinators help our gardens, and look at other garden invertebrates that keep our garden healthy. Then join us for an exciting garden Invertebrate Bingo Worksheet as we search SAGE for animals without spines! What will we find? Click on the worksheet link to follow along!

 

Food Webs & Ecosystems (Grades K-5)

Join us for a virtual field trip at SAGE where we learn all about garden ecosystems and food chains. Learn what producers, consumers, and decomposers are and how to identify them. Then it is time for an ecosystem scavenger hunt! Download our Ecosystem Scavenger Hunt Worksheet and see what you can find right outside your front door.

Share the most interesting thing you found on your scavenger hunt by posting a picture on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #CECconnects

 

Tour the Starker Arts Garden for Education- Coming Soon!

Join us for a virtual tour of our education and production garden SAGE! Get behind the scense information on what happens at SAGE and an exclusive interview with our Garden Manager!

Garden STEAM

Nature Suncatchers/Atrapasol de la Naturaleza (All Ages Activity Sheet)

Nature Suncatchers

Here’s what you need:

  • Paper plate (cardboard or ice cream sticks will work too)
  • Clear tape 
  • Scissors 
  • A selection of flowers/flower petals/leaves to decorate 

Here’s how:

  1. Go outside and collect flowers, petals, leaves, etc. 
  2. On the paper plate, draw a circle about an inch away from the edge of the plate. If you are using cardboard do the same, it can be any shape you like! If you are using ice cream sticks, create a frame by connecting and gluing/taping up the corners.
  3. Cut out the inner circle or shape that you have drawn to create a frame. (Skip this step if using ice cream sticks). 
  4. Using clear tape, tape across the paper plate/cardboard until you have covered the entire cut-out hole. One side should be sticky, and the other side should be smooth. 
  5. Then, with the sticky surface face up, stick flowers, leaves or petals to decorate. Feel free to be creative!
  6. Once you are done, use clear tape to tape across the sticky side of the cut-out. When you are finished, you should have two smooth sides with the decorations caught between the tape. 
  7. Optional: Tape or hang the suncatcher in a window so that it can catch the sunlight!

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Atrapasol de la Naturaleza

Cosas que necesitas:

  • Plato de papel (los palitos de cartón o helado también funcionan)
  • Cinta adhesiva transparente
  • tijeras
  • Una selección de flores / pétalos de flores / hojas para decorar

Cómo hacerlo:

  1. Sal y recoge flores, pétalos, hojas, etc. 
  2. En el plato de papel, dibuje un círculo a una pulgada del borde del plato. Si está utilizando cartón, haga lo mismo, ¡puede tener la forma que deseas! Si estás usando palitos de helado, crea un marco conectando y pegando / pegando las cuatro esquinas.
  3. Recorta el círculo interior o la forma que has dibujado para crear un marco. (Omita este paso si estás usando palitos de helado).
  4. Con cinta transparente, pega el plato de papel / cartón hasta que hayas cubierto todo el espacio recortado. Un lado debe estar pegajoso y el otro lado debe estar liso.
  5. Con la superficie pegajosa hacia arriba, pega flores, hojas o pétalos para decorar. ¡Sea creativo!
  6. Una vez que hayas terminado, usa cinta transparente para pegar el lado adhesivo del recorte. ¿Cumpliste? Debe tener dos lados lisos con las decoraciones atrapadas entre la cinta.
  7. Opcional: pega con cinta adhesiva o cuelga el atrapasol en una ventana para que pueda recibir la luz del sol.

Let’s Dissect a Flower! (All ages)

Flowers are more than just pollen and petals! And wait, are those eggs inside?? All ages can watch this short, fun video to learn a bit more about the many fascinating parts of a flower.

Soil Investigation/Investigación de Suelo

Watch the video below to see how to do this experiment!

Read the instructions below or download the worksheet here or aquí.

Materials: 

  • 1 quart sized jar with lid – per sample/Tarro de 1 cuarto de galón con tapa – por muestra
  • Measuring cups/Tazas de medir
  • Tape/Cinta
  • Soil/Suelo
  • Water/Agua

 

Instructions/Instrucciones:

  1. Find a spot with soil and dig down about 8 inches. Encuentra un lugar con tierra y excava aproximadamente 8 pulgadas de profundidad.
  2. Collect ½ cup of soil that is free of rocks. Add to jar. Recoje ½ taza de suelo sin rocas. Agrégalo al frasco.
  3. Add 3 ½ cups of water to the soil. Agrega 3 ½ tazas de agua al suelo
  4. Using tape, write a label for where you got the soil (example: backyard garden). Usa la cinta para hacer una etiqueta; Escribe dónde obtuviste el suelo (ejemplo: jardín trasero)
  5. Seal on lid tightly and shake for 5 minutes. Sella bien la tapa y agitala durante 5 minutos.
  6. Leave undisturbed for 24-48 hours. Déjalo tranquilo durante 24-48 horas.

 

Investigation/Investigación:

After 24-48 hours look at your jar. Do you see layers? Those are made of different sized particles. The bottom layer is the largest particle size so it settles first. This is sand. Do you see the second layer from the bottom? This layer is silt. It is a smaller particle so it settles next. The top layer is clay. This is the smallest particle and takes the longest to settle. There might be some that hasn’t settled and is still in the water! On the picture of the jar, color and label your layers of soil. 

 You can improve soil for gardening.  Do you have a lot of clay? Clay holds a lot of water, add compost, bark, or leaves! Does it have a lot of sand? Sand doesn’t hold water, add compost or grass clippings to help! 

Después de 24-48 horas, mira el frasco. ¿Ves capas? Esas capas están hechos de partículas de diferentes tamaños. La capa inferior es el tamaño de partícula más grande, por lo que se asienta primero. Esto es arena ¿Ves la segunda capa desde abajo? Esta capa es limo. Es una partícula más pequeña que arena, y asienta proxima. La capa superior es la arcilla. Esta es la partícula más pequeña y tarda más en asentarse. ¡Puede haber algunas partículas que no se hayan asentado y todavía estén en el agua! En la imagen del frasco: colorea y etiqueta las capas de tierra.

Puedes mejorar el suelo para jardinería  ¿Tiene mucha arcilla? ¡La arcilla retiene mucha agua, agrega compost u hojas! ¿Tiene mucha arena? ¡La arena no retiene el agua, agrega compost o recortes de hierba para ayudar!

Photo Credit: https://www.wilsonbrosgardens.com/different-soil-types.html

Fall Parts of a Plant Nature Mobile/Arte con las Partes de una Planta en el Otoño (All Ages Activity Sheet)

Fall Parts of a Plant Nature Mobile

This nature mobile craft is a fun fall activity for all ages! All you need is twine or yarn, a large stick to tie everything else onto and the rest of the decorations are up to you!

  1. Take a walk  to find a thick, semi- long stick to serve as the base of your mobile and collect decorations to tie onto it with yarn or twine. Try to find all parts of a plant to add onto your mobile, suggestions for what to look for are included below!
    • Seeds: Acorns, pine cones, fir cones
    • Branches, twigs, dried stems or vines
    • Fall colorful leaves, fir or pine needle bunches 
    • Dried or fresh flowers
    • Roots may be challenging to find in a way that can be added to a mobile, you could use the twine as pseudo roots 
    • Fruit may also be challenging because you do not want it to rot, rosehips are an example of a fruit that would be beautiful to add and can be easily found on a walk
    • You can also add items from home that are not parts of a plant for decoration such as beads, rocks, or saved shells for finishing touches
  2. Once you have all your add ons, connect them to your largest stick by tying them with twine or yarn 
    • Hang items on different length string for a full, spaced out look
  3. Tie a large piece of twine or yarn onto each end of the main stick to hang it from a tree branch, on a fence, or wherever else you can admire it!

Remember to practice leave no trace principles by only gathering items that are dead, downed, and detached!  

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Arte con las Partes de una Planta en el Otoño

¡Esta actividad divertida de la naturaleza en el otoño es para todas las edades! Para esta actividad solo necesitas un hilo, y un palo largo para crear un ‘nature mobile’. 

  1. Dé un paseo para encontrar un palo grueso y semi largo que sirva como base de su ‘nature mobile’. Intente encontrar todas las partes de una planta para añadir a su arte. Las 6 partes de plantas con ejemplos:
    • Semillas: bellotas, y conos de abeto o pino.
    • Tallo: ramas y enredaderas.
    • Hojas: hojas de colores otoñales y agujas de pino.
    • Flores: flores secas o frescas. 
    • Raíces: las raíces pueden ser difíciles de usar en una manera artística, pero puede usar el hilo para representar las raíces. 
    • Fruta: fruta también puede ser un desafío a usar porque se están pudriendo, pero los escaramujos son un ejemplo de una fruta que sería hermosa de agregar y se puede encontrar fácilmente en un paseo.
    • También puede agregar elementos de su casa que no son partes de una planta, como cuentas, rocas o conchas.
  2. Cuando tenga todos las partes para decorar, unirlas a su palo largo con el hilo. 
    • Cuelgue los artículos de cuerdas de varias longitudes para crear una apariencia artística. 
  3. Ate un trozo largo de cuerda a cada lado del palo largo para que pueda colgarlo de un árbol o de su pared.

 

What’s in a Seed?/¿Qué hay en una semilla?

What’s in a Seed? ¿Qué hay en una semilla?

Materials:

  • Large seeds like dried beans or dried peas
  • Bowl with water

 Materiales:

  • Semillas grandes como frijoles secos o guisantes secos
  • Cuenco con agua

 

Step 1: Place seeds in a bowl of water and soak for 24 hours. After soaking, remove seeds from water and pat dry. Seeds should be softer and swollen. 

Paso 1: Coloque las semillas en un tazón de agua y remoje durante 24 horas. Después de remojar, quite las semillas del agua y séquelas. Las semillas deben ser más suaves e hinchadas.

             

Step 2: Remove seed coat. The seed coat is the colored covering on the outside of the seed. Using your fingernail gently peel back the covering.

Paso 2: Retire la capa de semillas. La capa de la semilla es la cubierta de color en el exterior de la semilla. Con la uña, retire suavemente la cubierta.

Step 3: Split the seed open. Can you identify these two parts? The embryo is where the plant grows from. Can you see the two little leaves? These are the first leaves that emerge when the plant grows. The cotyledons are the rest of the seed. This is the food that the embryo feeds on to grow!

Paso 3: Abra la semilla. ¿Puede identificar estas dos partes? El embrión es de donde crece la planta. ¿Puede ver las dos hojitas? Estas son las primeras hojas que emergen cuando la planta crece. Los cotiledones son el resto de la semilla. ¡Este es el alimento del que el embrión se alimenta para crecer!

What do you notice about your seed? Can you find all the parts? What other seeds could you try to dissect? 

¿Qué nota sobre su semilla? ¿Puede encontrar todas las piezas? ¿Qué otras semillas podría intentar diseccionar?

Where’s it Grown?/¿Dónde se cultiva? (All Ages Activity Sheet)

Find activity instructions here: Where’s it Grown?/¿Dónde se cultiva?

      

 

  

 

Garden Storytime

How Groundhog’s Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry (Grades K-5)

Listen to Teacher Casey read How Groundhog’s Garden Grew by Lynne Cherry!

Flip, Float, Fly by JoAnn Early Macken

Read along with Teacher Casey and learn how incredible seeds can be!

In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby

What can Dr. Carver teach Sally and her community about soil and how plants grow? Find out with Teacher Casey!

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Watch Liam transform his world from dreary to… well, you’ll just have to wait and see!