We hope your new year is off to a great start! Now that cooler temperatures are settling in, it's a great time to begin using your outdoor classroom! Below are some resources and quick tips to help you get your family outdoors...
Plant a cool weather garden! September is the perfect time to plant seeds or seedlings in your raised bed gardens to grow winter veggies such as broccoli, cabbage, peas, carrots, spinach and winter squash.
For helpful tips and activities related to a fall or winter garden, take a look at these FREE resources:
Also, check out Mel Bartholomew's Square Foot Gardening book...it includes information about how to transform your 4 foot by 6 foot raised bed garden into 24 one square foot gardens for your children to grow their very own veggies. His how-to book even includes how many seeds of each type of vegetable to include in each "square foot garden".
September and October is also a GREAT time to study migration as thousands upon thousands of birds and butterflies travel to and thru Alabama on their way to warmer climates! To track the migration with your students, visit Journey North's website. Your students can even send their own "monarch butterflies" on a Symbolic Migration to Mexico.
Be sure to visit our Alabama Outdoor Classroom Program webpage on AWF's website in the upcoming weeks as we will be adding new free outdoor activity sheets to use with your children, and much, much more!
Thank you for all you do to get our children outdoors!
April & Doyle