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As you know, we’re in the year of 2019 and it’s no secret that our environment is changing rapidly. Over the past 100 years, we’ve seen the American Chestnut Tree gradually diminish. We could potentially see this tree go extinct within our lifetime! (That is if we don’t do anything about it, of course).

This Fall, we will be planting American Chestnut Trees in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Join us in making sure that this very vital tree doesn’t go extinct anytime soon. All volunteers are welcome to the Fall planting events which will also include educational presentations and information on how we can help plant trees and look after our environment. Adults and famil...

February 13, 2018

The goal is to analyze products that we use and consume in our everyday life for biodegradability, and devise ways of conserving by working within the nutrient cycle.

Ask children to collect various used products and materials around home that have outlived their original uses and are intended to be thrown away, both biodegradable and non-biodegradable items (plastic bags,  tin cans, Styrofoam cups, paper bags, cotton rags, fruit peels).   Discuss the importance of using only what we need, and review the process of decomposition as we discussed previously.  Any material that can be decomposed by fungi and bacteria is called biodegradable

Go over what has be...

June 25, 2015

Did you know that dirt is one of the most delightful play items for children?   However, in our phobia-ridden world of hand sanitizers and triple chlorine washed greens in plastic bags, we've set ourselves on our way to the great microbial cleansing, stripping our immune systems of beneficial  microorganisms and taking the delight of free play without fear of getting dirty away from our children.

 

If you can entertain the thought of letting your child play in the dirt, mud, puddles, here is the scoop: all of that stuff washes away from hair, clothes, skin, and toenails, and a few stains is a small price to pay for the benefits of free creative play and strength...

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