There are few things more priceless than our oceans, which cover over 70% of the earth’s surface and produce over half of the world’s oxygen. Next time you breathe, thank the ocean phytoplankton and algae. We use the oceans for shipping and recreation, for jobs, food, medicine, energy, and minerals. Plus the oceans absorb about a third of the carbon dioxide emitted, which helps regulate climate and weather. Let’s all celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8 by learning more about this precious resource.
Spring brings more warm sunshine, the awakening of wildlife, an explosion of plant growth, and Earth Day. Let’s celebrate all of these by recognizing we can help our local wildlife and precious waterways by sustainably caring for our lawns while adding delightful native plants to our yards. It’s much easier than you’d think. Here’s how.
WEforum, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healthy living and sustainability, has partnered with Mastro Montessori Academy to create The Curious Gardener Summer Camp. The program, now in its fifth year, encourages elementary school students to explore their love of nature and gardening through a variety of activities and projects that integrate math, reading, science, writing, and art.
Get your hands dirty! Through the collaboration of Mastro Montessori and WEforum, The Curious Gardener Summer Camp has been thriving for the past five years. The four week-long summer camp, open to first- through sixth-grade students, encourages a love of nature and gardening through hands-on activities. The Curious Gardener not only provides fun for the campers, it also teaches them to make smart food choices and how to garden on their own.
It’s the perfect season to go outside for an Awe Walk! Being in nature restores cognitive function as it reduces stress, and this is a golden opportunity to get exercise while learning about wildlife. It’s a unique and free opportunity to immerse ourselves in nature, while mindfully grasping the awe-inspiring world around us.