Children & Nature

February 7th, 2014

Highlights of an Abundant 2013!

And they say 13 is an unlucky number!  On the contrary, this past year was full of so many projects and new connections in three rewarding areas. Sustainable Landscaping and Design.  As I indicated in my last post, The Abundant Backyard  was delighted to be a part of the first group of certified Green Landscaping Businesses in [...]


Under the guidance of Mary Phillips, founder of The Abundant Backyard, and with coordination of partners by Silver Spring Green, the Broad Acres Elementary School Living Classroom has flourished. Broad Acres kindergartners and first graders have completed spring planting in three raised 8’ x 4’ vegetable beds and two 10’ x 10’ native plant beds. [...]


The Washington DC Metro area is filled with opportunities to connect with one of our most important resources- Water!   As mentioned in my latest article for Washington Parent Magazine, River Keeping: Hands on Ways to Protect and Enjoy the Watershed, http://www.washingtonparent.com/articles/1303/watershed-projects.php. there are many ways for families to get involved.  Two upcoming events include, 1)H2O [...]


This is a fun birthday party theme where kids investigate a nearby creek and solve riddles to find the lost treasure.   Guests received the following invitation somewhat mimicking the old “Hardy Boys” books.  The inside of the invitation included an introduction to the story (see below in bold )based on some real historical info about the [...]


Thanks to the Cub Scouts, the Jenkins family and Ms Tunis for delivering native tree nuts to the Potomac Conservancy’s drop off bin at the Abundant Backyard tent. These nuts are grown into native hardwood seedlings to support expanding reforestation and restoration efforts in the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Click on the logo [...]


Join individuals, families, schools, and scout troops September 22 through October 31, in collecting nuts of native trees to generate seedlings for stream land restoration! Trees are important for their cool canopies, oxygen production, and root systems that reduce soil erosion of river banks, and absorb pollutants from getting in rivers and streams. Native trees, [...]


June’s issue of Washington Parent Magazine features my lastest article on a unique opportunity for connecting kids to nature and their past. Dinosaur Park provides information on the fossil rich “Dinosaur Alley” of Maryland and the Washington DC area and opportunities for kids to discover evidence of our earliest native plants and animals. The Dinosaur [...]


May 30th, 2012

A Gardening Heritage

My early gardening experience is based on the learning I was fortunate to acquire from a first generation Hungarian grandfather who grew the most amazing tomatoes, beans, and corn out of a cinderblock 8 foot by 12 foot area between his garage and retaining wall of his lush flowering self landscaped suburban yard in Euclid [...]


Gardens Grow Minds: Schools as Green Educator Author Mary Quattlebaum’s new article discusses value of school gardens and highlights a native plant pollinator garden I have had worked on. Mary’s new book is Jo MacDonald Had a Garden is a lovely book for young children to sing along with. Dawn Publications has many books that [...]


Hands on Heritage -Exploring Community Museums is my new article, in February’s Washington Parent Magazine. It features 3 community based museums with interactive family activities that take you back in time while exploring the cultures of local residents. Plan family outings to each of these museums located in Great Falls, VA, Anacostia/Southeast, DC and Sandy [...]


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