Field Trip: 5th Grade Goes to Marshy Point Nature Center

Ms. Arnold knows how to start the school year off right! Last Friday, I accompanied the 5th grade class to Marshy Point Nature Center. If you haven’t been there, it’s definitely worth checking out; and it’s only about a 30 minutes drive from WSB. We started the day with a presentation about the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. Students were able to touch a bunch of different creatures, including a duck, a blue crab, fish, and a couple different kinds of turtles. After that we all went out on canoes. It was windy, but we all (eventually) managed to find our way to a distant meeting point where we cast a large net and explored the bottom of the bay. The whole time a couple bald eagles spiraled overhead. Below is a short slideshow of our day:

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Seeding a New School Garden

MGTonight I will be starting the Baltimore County Master Gardener Program. Classes will run from January 22nd to April 9th on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. This is part of WSB’s effort to expand our school’s garden this coming spring. We’re hoping to make the garden a central place for our students to grow and learn. We are also looking into the possibility of opening the garden to the wider community. Please contact me at and let me know your interest and commitment level to gardening this summer — this information will allow me to plan just how vast our garden can grow and be sustainable. This is a fantastic opportunity for you and your children to learn and grow together throughout the summer months . . . not to mention revel in the satisfaction of harvesting the bounty of your efforts (literally!). Please be in touch.

Over 200 Visitors!

Yesterday we had over 200 visitors to the blog! Thanks to everyone for stopping by. I’ll be posting about our indoor composting initiative soon. We now have 12 email subscribers — so we still have 4 FREE Holiday Fair tickets to give away — be the 20th or the 40th subscriber and you win. For more info read THIS former post.
Below, I’d like to share a seasonal visual treat. I passed by this magnificent golden blanket on my way into school this morning and had to turn around to capture it. Enjoy….