Triple “R” July & August Give-Back

Racking up those give-back hours this summer, I’m working on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle realm – wrapped up in the all-important education component. I started a compost bucket a few weeks ago at work. It was something I thought about for months, but I wasn’t sure how well-received it would be. Some people think, “ohContinue reading “Triple “R” July & August Give-Back”

Celebrating Earth Day 2015

One of my favorite days to celebrate! Here’s a little history: “The very first Earth Day, April 22nd, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Thousands of colleges and universities organized protests against the deterioration of the environment. Groups thatContinue reading “Celebrating Earth Day 2015”


March 28th, 2015 is a Big Day! This Saturday provides several ways to ramp up for April Earth Month! If you are near the coast, you have the opportunity to give back to Oregon in the morning hours by volunteering with SOLVE at one of their beach cleanup sites. (Obviously a nonprofit I love sinceContinue reading “SOLVE, NATIVE PLANTS & EARTH HOUR UNITE!”

Urban Backyard Farming Part II

  A Look Back…Late Summer 2013 -August Harvest- Although I haven’t had time to write new blog posts, I collected photos and took notes over the past few months, and as promised, here is part II to my urban farm story. Our darling chickens started laying in mid-August. I was a very proud mama, and weContinue reading “Urban Backyard Farming Part II”

Giving Back at the Oregon Food Bank

Second Installment in my Volunteer for a Year series- Introducing… The Oregon Food Bank Filling the role as service learning project coordinator this year for my daughter’s 6th grade class at the Portland Village School– we chose The Oregon Food Bank  (OFB) as our organization to volunteer for. When we arrived on site, we were introducedContinue reading “Giving Back at the Oregon Food Bank”

Columbia Slough Part IV – Environmental Education

My Volunteer Experience The Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC) works directly with several of my passions: outdoor place-based education, service learning projects and stewardship. I volunteered with their Slough School education program, which works with students in the surrounding schools. Staff members visit classrooms and teach students  a wide range of topics, such as water qualityContinue reading “Columbia Slough Part IV – Environmental Education”

Finding a Healing Routine

Life can be stressful. We are often expected to do far more than what our healthy limits should allow, and we put taking care of ourselves at the bottom of the “to-do” list.  I have great intentions to prepare a home-cooked meal every day, exercise daily, play with my daughter nightly, do yoga weekly andContinue reading “Finding a Healing Routine”

Halloween, Some Special Tricks

All of us with children know that the anticipation begins to build  six weeks prior to the “big night.”  What will I be?  What will we do?  Who will I be with?  The planning starts early for the children in my circle, for they want to ensure that Halloween night is a big celebration.  And of course the biggestContinue reading “Halloween, Some Special Tricks”

Appreciating All Critters Through Example

“The way a child discovers the world constantly replicates the way science began.  You start to notice what’s around you, and you get very curious about how things work.  How things interrelate.  It’s as simple as seeing a bug that intrigues you.  You want to know where it goes at night; who its friends are;Continue reading “Appreciating All Critters Through Example”