Talk about the perfect combination for a fantastic STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) educational experience!
Did you know for more than 2000 years people have grown and enjoyed eating radishes? A radish is a vegetable that is generally eaten raw, cooked or pickled. All parts of the plant can be eaten but the root is the most commonly eaten part of the plant. They can be grown in garden plots or in containers and they need very little space. We learned how to plant this healthy choice for your garden at Explore the Outdoors this year.
Toads make good neighbors. They eat lots of bugs, worms, spiders and slugs and keep our gardens healthy. The Pocahontas Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN) taught us how to make Toad Houses at Explore the Outdoors this year. Watch this Science Matters video to learn how to make your own Toad House and how to protect toads in your yard.
Article by: Ashley M. Moulton, Environmental Educator/Master Gardener Coordinator, Chesterfield County. – It’s time to talk about the birds and the bees – and the butterflies, bats and beetles. The conversation can be an easy one, with upcoming National Pollinator Week events.
Article by: Karen M. Layou, Ph.D., Professor of Geology, Reynolds Community College -- Are you looking for an outdoor activity for fossil lovers and their families? Get everyone outside for some fossil hunting at York River State Park! Along the banks of the York River, this park is within an hour’s drive from Richmond.
For Alex Wilke, a Virginia mom who is also a staff member at The Nature Conservancy, nature isn’t just a profession; it’s a passion that she wants to share with her children. Wilkes hopes that by giving her kids as many opportunities as possible to “grow up wild” and experience the outdoors, she can teach them to be responsible, observant and appreciative stewards of the environment.
Students all over central Virginia learn about the James River Watershed every year in their science and history classes. The James has played an integral part in Virginia’s human and natural history. But how often do students get to take an up close look at the systems that make up the biology of the river, or learn the history of transporting cargo on a batteau while crewing one down the river?