A Year in The Secret Garden

Encouraging Family Ecotherapy and Nature-Based Play

It\’s no secret that our kids need less screen time and more \”scene time.\” Anyone who was born prior to the 1980s knows that being outside and creating adventures with friends was the main form of entertainment back in the day. And what a good one it was! Sandpits became beaches, tire swings became rockets, …

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\”No Mow\” May | An Easy Way to Protect our Pollinators

For many places across the globe, this last winter was…ODD. From overly cold temps to a Spring that seemed to never come, our gardening plans are needing to be postponed a few weeks in 2022. This unusual weather is also hard on our pollinators; many of which haven\’t gotten Mother Nature\’s wake-up call to get …

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Summer Reading Tree: Forming “Roots” for Motivated Readers

There is never a shortage of Summer Reading programs for kids once school ends and many offer prizes, points, graphs, and charts as a way to keep your child reading during the summer months. This is not a bad thing at all. But as a lifelong learner, educator, and mom I can tell you that …

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I\’m in the Garden! {And Craving some Porridge}

\”I\’m in the garden!\” The Secret Garden to be precise. 🙂 This time of year in the Secret Garden, the earth is sleeping under a cloak of beautiful white snow. The birds have migrated off leaving the garden quiet from birdsong. This is the time of year when we clean up the garden when snow …

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Valarie Budayr Talks About A Year in the Secret Garden

Valarie Budayr shares the story of when she was young, she was drawn to play in the urban forest that was across the street from her childhood home.  In the suburbs was 24 acres of woodland that became the perfect place to run free and play. A constant companion during her adventures and pretend-play was …

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Keep Calm and eBook On

As the holiday season begins to ramp up and the act of holiday gift-buying shifts to a whole new direction, we want to remind people that books are always a great gift for kids and adults alike. We would like to remind everyone that eBooks are NOT a “less than” or undesirable gift for the …

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The Secret Garden Activities for Kids Roundup

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden Summer Unplugged: Whimsical Books about Fairy House Building Summer Unplugged: Whimsical Books about Fairy House Building Practicing Mindfulness for Kids: Spot Sitting {A Year in the Secret Garden} Summer Unplugged: The magic …

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Our Pollinators need our help: Let’s Make a Bee Watering Hole

Though sometimes viewed as a “pests,” bees play a key role in the productivity of agriculture and the beauty of our world and are responsible for the pollination of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and flowers. But our cherished bees are facing peril in the form of the disruption of natural habitats. This disruption is in the …

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