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Seed Bombs!

Throw a seed bomb at the ground and watch the flowers grow!  Seed bombs are little nuggets of clay, compost, and native seeds that you throw at the ground.  You can throw them in your yard or in a neglected space to help turn it into a flowering wonderland.  Plant your seed bombs in Spring, Summer and early Fall and make them out of flower, herb, or even vegetable seeds.  You just make'em and throw'em! When you throw your seed bomb, it will break apart as it hits the ground and a gentle rain will soon help the seeds begin to grow.   Watch the video

Fueling Up!

What makes our body “get up and go” every day? Just like gas fuels our car, the calories we get from food fuel our bodies. Have you ever tried to explain how this works to your child? Let’s start with a definition of a calorie. A calorie is a unit of energy or heat which approximates the energy needed to increase the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1° Celsius. In simpler terms, a calorie is the energy we receive from food.

Water Matters at the Rice Center

The Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences is Virginia Commonwealth University’s large outdoor laboratory devoted to environmental research.  Located on 494 acres along the James River, the Rice Center is a place where scientists study the role of conservation in helping to protect our rivers and wetlands.  This unique field station on the James is in an area rich in natural and cultural resources and is an ideal place to teach how we all can become better stewards of our natural resources.

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