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Families Fixing Up the Garden for 2011-2012! August 28, 2011

Thirty-three Explorer students, parents and staff  and one Master Gardener put in 100 human-hours of labor in the garden this weekend. They explored — and cleaned up! — the jungle of our summer garden two days before school started. They cut back overgrown plants, pulled weeds from paths and garden beds, hauled in a truckload of wood chips for weed control on our paths, cut down the (sadly) dead willow tree that was eaten by gophers this summer, cleaned out the shed, repaired the squirrel-proof cages, cut back native plants and the butterfly garden, and got everything botanical ready for the new year. Hooray!

Now we’re ready for a new year of growing and learning in the Explorer Garden!

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November Garden Work Day November 7, 2010

Parents, students and community volunteers came out this week to weed the garden, but back plants, add compost, and get garden beds in ship shape for the winter growing season. Thank you to everyone who helped. The garden looks great!

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Garden Signs Created by Explorer Artist Karen Hughes October 25, 2010

Stop by the garden and see the beautiful ceramic garden bed signs created and painted by ceramic artist and parent Karen Hughes! Now everyone in our gardening community will know which garden bed belongs to which class. The three signs along the fence mark the third grade native plant garden. Thank you!

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Room 2 and 11 Buddies Weed the Garden

Children in Rooms 2 and 11, and Rooms 5 and 11 will be buddying up this year to make square foot vegetable gardens to donate to our food service program. Fifth grade students from Mrs. Feitelberg’s class will be helping kindergarden buddies in two different classes plant, grow and cook veggies which will be used as part of our wonderful, fresh food service program.

Last week, Parents and a Grandparent from Rooms 2 and 11 got together to help students weed the garden, coming away with dirty hands and joyful hearts.



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Getting the Garden Ready for 2010-2011 October 22, 2010

Explorer Families turned out in droves before school even started this year to help get the garden ready for students. Volunteers weeded, reconfigured the compost, set up a new vermiculture bin for a new generation of red wiggler worms, pulled out invasives — especially Yerba Mansa, a native in the third grade garden that has taken over the world — and pulled out ragged plants that spent the summer sprawling around the beds.

Now the garden is up and running and ready for students!


Explorer Family Hiking May 14, 2009

Filed under: Outdoor Families — gardenexplorer1 @ 5:16 am

Many Explorer Families have expressed an interested in supporting each other in exploring the outdoors. Richard Louv makes it very simple in his book Last Child in the Woods – Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder. Go outside, he says, and, if you feel a little nervous about exploring on your own, go with another family. Each family has a place they enjoy being together outside. Share your place in  nature with another family, and expand the network of our children who get outside to explore nature on a regular basis. 

This blog can be used as a forum for families to connect in nature until we find a better way to do it. If you have a hike you would like to share with another Explorer family, send this blog a post with your family’s last name (NOT your child’s name or age) and your child’s teacher’s name, and where you would like to hike. Families can connect with each other safely offline using the school directory, by looking up your contact information. 

(Note: This is not an Explorer-sponsored activity. If connecting everyone through the blog gets too onerous, we’ll figure out another way to help families connect. Meanwhile, let’s give it a try!