Doing science part 2 Image by Rosemary Ratcliff

Science is, at its foundation, a creative endeavor and, as a creative endeavor, it needs to be treated so. The problem is that, in most people’s minds and in most classrooms, science is treated more as a body of knowledge than as a process and as […]

Doing science image by: graur razvan ionut

I have said this before, we live in an over structured world, here in the upscale western world. This lesson has been brought home to me in a personal way lately via my classroom. At the start of the year and in past […]

Gardening vs Landscaping: a thought ramble

One of the things that I like about gardening is that you don’t have to get it right. Gardening is not the same as landscaping. It isn’t about creating the perfectly groomed look. Gardening is about creating something beautiful. Or useful. Or both. All gardeners have a style. Some of us plant for food. Some […]

Citizen science in TX: Watching the Monarchs Migrate and other projects

Tuesday of this past week marked the official arrival of fall with the autumnal equinox. It was united with the harvest moon, the first full moon of fall. They seldom fall together so this was a rare treat. I hope you had clear skies to enjoy the event.

Another regular occurrence that happens in the […]

5 ways to make use of your child’s rabbit trails

I am a public school teacher. Few people would argue against the idea that public schools tend to treat learning a linear and compartmental thing. By the time most of us are adults, we have become ingrained in the habit of learning that way. The truth of the matter is that learning […]

How to naturescape without offending the neighbors

Photo by Tom Curtis from

I recently had a conversation with an acquaintance I met at an environmental education conference. She is a homeschooling mom and has been letting her yard go more natural to allow her kids to have a place to explore a semi-natural setting. Her neighbors have complained. […]

Lessons from the moon: Full moon

Tomorrow is the full moon. It will rise near sunset and set near sunrise. We have now gone full cycle in our moon watching.

The moon has always been important and fascinating to people. For many years it was the main calendar tool and the way people tracked the changing season. There are several calendar […]

Lessons from the moon: 1st quarter, 5 kids books about the night.

This week is all about books. Books that you can share with your children. Books about the moon, the stars, and feelings about the night. I believe that reading to kids is a gateway to connection and imagination. Few people have been to the moon and, so far, none have been beyond it but, like […]

Lessons from the Moon: The New Moon

Remember how our moon phases work. At this point in its orbit around the earth the moon is in such a position that all of the light of the sun is reflected away from the earth and back towards the sun. In addition, the moon rises with the sun and sets with the sun. Tomorrow, […]

Lessons from the Moon: Fourth Quarter

Image: Copyright NASA

The moon has been a source of fascination for people through out time. Every culture has stories about it that explain its existence, why it passes through phases, and that tell what might happen to people at different times in its cycle. The term lunatic comes from the belief […]