On this page you’ll find a comprehensive static side menu of the many activities, articles, and projects available here. Most of these activities are related to the natural history of the Northeastern Woodlands and/or school gardening as it was developed at our small school in Nashua, NH. That school gardening project has concluded with the closing of the school in June of 2019. (The gardens themselves are being transformed into sites that continue to support Corpus Christi Food Pantry, St. John XXXIII Parish, and the surrounding neighborhood.) As a school gardening endeavor, there was a focus – reflected in the materials available at this website – on native plantings, wildlife habitat, and permaculture. We were trying to grow both human understanding and useful & beautiful traditional foods, fibers, herbs, and ornamentals (plus a complement of visiting or resident animals.) Our most important goal was to contribute to the development of healthy, happy, knowledgeable, and compassionate people. We hoped that our students were becoming ecologically-informed and responsible citizens of their local and planetary community. This website records and shares a few of the projects that helped serve this purpose. Thus, you’ll find activities about gardening (intentional human partnerships with other species) listed directly under the General Projects section.
Also included among the General Projects are activities focused particularly on the marvelous non-human creatures who make their homes in the NE North American Forestlands. These were often designed for programs at Environmental Education and Nature Centers while I was working in such settings (especially during the summers) over the course of nearly thirty years. These activities can serve as useful resources not only for environmental educators, but for teachers in schools and After School programs, leaders of Scout troops, Homeschool families, and families in general.
For convenience and perspective, the static side menu on this page can also be used to access the website’s materials on Native American Culture in the Northeastern Woodlands during the Contact Period (around CE 1500 – 1600). Additionally, you’ll find two other sections related to workshops that I’ve presented in 2019. One is a a Patterns and Steam Workshop (including extensive samples of student work inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s wondrous oeuvre). Projects from this workshop can definitely bolster STEM content in an elementary visual arts curriculum. The other features updated versions of Traditional Games. The supporting materials for this workshop describe both these games and some lively examples of creative dramatics. These can enhance learning about the many beings and processes that characterize this bioregion. (As you might expect, many of these activities can be readily adapted for other biomes as well.)
As well as adding new materials to this site, I’m also doing quite a bit of revising and restructuring at this time. I welcome your recommendations and comments!