Ground Education Welcomes Starr King Elementary!
January 24, 2024— The Ground Ed team recently welcomed our 23rd local school partner, Starr King Elementary. Nestled on a busy street in North Long Beach, the King community now has a vibrant edible garden and native plant nature trail to enjoy on their campus. Our talented crew is working with teachers, administrators, social-emotional counselors, and after-school staff to integrate nature exploration into the school day and provide opportunities to take learning, play and even meetings outside. With 13,000+ elementary students now in our program, this will be a record year of nature-based learning in Long Beach! Time in nature lowers stress, restores focus and promotes kindness and community. Overheard in the garden recently - "I wish the whole school was a garden" and "This is my first carrot. I'm so healthy and I'm so in love with this." These moments of discovery and joy continue to be our why!
Celebrating the Fungus Among Us!
February, 2024— Ground Education teamed up with Justin Nguyen from Long Beach Mushrooms to create a new fungi-themed lesson for 5th graders and give our partner schools an opportunity to grow mushrooms in the classroom. Ground Ed staff toured Justin's local mushroom farm and we are inspired to highlight the Fungi Kingdom as a vital part of our food supply, healthy ecosystems and innovative solutions to environmental challenges. Fungi can be medicine, textiles, building materials, biofuel and water filters. They can feed on oil, toxic chemicals and radioactive waste to help clean up environmental disasters. Fungi are found everywhere in nature - the forest floor, the ocean floor, the desert sand and on the tops of mountains. They are the largest organisms and the smallest, the oldest and the youngest. Partnering with local farmers to bring nature concepts to life makes lessons powerful and place-based. Thank you Justin.