For Educators & Parents

Resources for Greening Kids

“The apathetic ignore, the ignorant laugh, the powerful fight, but wisdom will take hold. In the end, living with respect for nature will prevail.” –M. Ghandi (paraphrased)

Recommended Links

The Chicago Botanic Garden
www.chicagobotanic.org

The Chicago Botanic Garden invites you to enhance your knowledge, enrich your teaching techniques and enliven your classroom while earning professional development and graduate credit. Teacher workshops are offered every season at the Chicago Botanic Garden. For a full listing of upcoming workshops, programs and registration information, check out their teacher programs.

Purple Asparagus
www.purpleasparagus.com

Founded in 2005, Purple Asparagus is a non-profit dedicated to bringing families back to the table by promoting and enjoying all the things associated with good eating. Purple Asparagus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Urban Worm Girls 
www.urbanwormgirls.com

Urban Worm Girl composts with worms, also known as vermiculture. Basically, it’s recycling kitchen waste using the wisdom and efficiency of Red Worms — simple, clean and odorless. Whether it’s in your house or apartment, worm composting is a reminder of our interconnectedness to the earth and all of its living beings.

The Wetland Initiative 
www.wetlands-initiative.org

“The Wetlands Initiative is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damages.”

The Green Mama
www.thegreenmama.com

The Green Mama provides consulting for households, daycares, and educational institutions; The Green Mama blog; writing and research on green issues; and a variety of green living classes and groups primarily for those in the Chicago-land area.

Articles of Interest

A Fresh Squeeze began in the spring of 2006 with the idea of making it easier for Chicagoans to live a greener life. Recently, an article written by Tim Magner ofGreen Sugar Press was added to their archive. Check out “Growing Green Minds: The Benefits of the Great Outdoors” on A Fresh Sqeeze »

The Story of Stuff
www.storyofstuff.com

The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view.The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

What children learn from the garden
An article written for the Green Sugar Press website by Barbara Berst Adams, Author of Micro Eco-Farming: Prospering from Backyard to Small Acreage in Partnership with the Earth.

“Does your child participate in a garden at school or at home? Thinking about creating that  experience for your child?

School garden projects continue to grow around the world, and evidence is mounting that proves gardens to be excellent outdoor laboratories for children, teaching life science, math, and even history when historical gardens are nurtured.” –Excerpted from”What children learn from the garden,” © 2008, Barbara Berst Adams.

Download the full article as a PDF: WhatChildrenLearn_(c)2008BBAdams (77kb)

Learn more about Barbara and “Micro Eco-Farming” at: www.microecofarming.com

Contact your Elected Officials

“Politicians are like weather vanes. Our job is to make the wind blow.” –David Brower

Practice democracy: become an informed member of the community and contact your elected official to ensure they work for the well-being of the people.
www.congress.org
www.statelocalgov.net
www.votesmart.org

Bring Green Sugar Press to your school!

Request a classroom visit from Green Sugar Press author, Tim Magner!

Parent and Teacher Guides: Free Educational Downloads

An Environmental Guide from A to Z

An Environmental Guide from A to Z, by Tim Magner

Updated: September/October 2009

An Environmental Guide from A to Z
Parent’s Guide Download
14 pages, 248kb

Updated! Teacher’s Guide Download
31 Pages, 4.5MB

Guide to accompany the Teacher’s Guide (Excel Worksheet) »Guide_StateStandardsMatrix.xls

For those educators looking to use the An Environmental Guide from A to Z for their classroom, please contact us for bulk wholesale pricing.

Fun for Kids – Printable Coloring Book

N is for Nature: An Environmental Alphabet Book, by Tim Magner

“N is for Nature” coloring book!

Click here to download. File size: 4.9MB

More Teacher Resources

The Chicago Botanic Garden
www.chicagobotanic.org

The Chicago Botanic Garden invites you to enhance your knowledge, enrich your teaching techniques and enliven your classroom while earning professional development and graduate credit. Teacher workshops are offered every season at the Chicago Botanic Garden.