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What plants grow at your school?
A project for the new school year

In the spring of 2016, fifth graders at Woodstock Day School began a study of native and invasive plants on the school property. Their classroom teacher, Jennifer Farmer, and I – the science teacher — worked together to maximize learning. Students were already familiar with water chestnuts from an earlier trip to Saugerties Lighthouse.

Responding to Charlottesville

No Civil War battles were fought in the Hudson Valley,  but we are not immune to the legacies of  slavery and racism.  When school reopens next month words and images from Charlottesville will be added to those students already carry from Ferguson, Staten Island, and so many other places.

Solar Eclipse Aug. 21: A Local Guide

Heard about the eclipse, but not sure what to do or where to go? Here is your local guide.

Share your thoughts in haiku
Celebrate the 101st b-day of NPS

Leading up to the 101st birthday of  the National Park Service, NPS has invited the public to share their favorite #Parks101 memory, tip, or story via social media.

Building Community in Pictures

Thanks to all who participated in #THV2017. 100+ teachers, site staff, librarians, environmental educators, and others met and mingled, ate and laughed, learned and enjoyed before, during, and after workshops and field experiences.

Day 2, #THV2017

#THV2017 day two we were out and about.

Summer in Hyde Park, #THV2017

A little taste of day one of this year’s institute, Building Community with Place-Based Learning.

Teaching Tough Topics

Talking about challenging topics is hard. That’s why we call them tough.  We all have different opinions about how, if, and when to handle them.

Shades of History

If you know the city of Newburgh, then you probably know its proud connection to George Washington and the town’s role in the Revolutionary War. It is an incredibly rich history, but is it the whole story?

Budding architects & designers visit Olana

Danielle Salvestrini, a fourth grade teacher at Sheafe Road ES (Wappingers CSD), applied for and received an Explore Award. It helped cover the cost of  taking nearly 100 fourth graders to Olana State Historic Site.  We appreciate Danielle’s efforts, these photos, and her commentary.

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