Saturday, February 19, 2011

Learn about Forestry in February!

On Monday, February 21 from 3-4 pm come out to the Conservation Station, Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center; 900 Clemson Rd to learn about forestry!

How does a tree grow? Investigate the life cycles of trees, learn to interpret growth rings, and practice identifying local trees.

Cost is $2 per child; recommended for children ages 6-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited so please register by calling 803-459-3212, or e-mailing

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Another location to attend The Great Backyard Bird Count!

The Great Backyard bird count will also be taking place at Carolina Children's Garden, Clemson University Sandhill Research and Education Center; 900 Clemson Rd on February 19th from 8-10am.

Join us for a morning of birding as we participate in the North American Great Backyard Bird Count. Experienced birders will team up with novices to collect data that will aid in research and conservation efforts. Refreshments, crafts, and an education table will be available. This event is free and families are welcome, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register in advance by calling 803-459-3212, or e-mailing

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Future Chef: Healthy Snack Challenge

Following First Lady Michelle Obama's mission to promote healthier lifestyles for children in the US, Lexington School District Two came up with a unique challenge.

Fifteen students gathered from across the district on Tuesday, February 15th, to compete in the Future Chef: Healthy Snack Challenge.

Students submitted recipes for the challenge that were judged on several factors including healthiness and kid friendliness!

For the more info about the competition and to watch a video clip from the competition, click here!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Growing Charity

Taking a page from the Victory Garden's of WWI and II, Texan Holly Hirshberg decided to start The Dinner Garden, a non-profit that encourages Americans to plant their own gardens in order to stretch food budgets and enhance their nutritional intake.

The Dinner Garden provides free seeds, supplies, and advice to anyone who wants to start a garden.

Check out The Dinner Garden website to see how you can assist their efforts, get seeds for your own garden, or get some great recipes!

Be sure to also click on the "Kids" section, where you will find lots of fun crosswords, puzzles, games, and coloring pages all about gardening!

Monday, February 14, 2011

The Tiny Seed!

This week, why don't you pick up the book The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle?

It's a great story for children up through 2nd grade, that introduces students to the concept that seeds change and grow into plants when conditions in the environment including temperature, light, water and soil are appropriate. Students learn that plants produce seeds that can become new plants.

Check out this website for some activities to go along with the book!

Happy reading and gardening!!