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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Gifts for Readers That They Can Open Again and Again

Among some of my fondest memories as a child includes the times my mother read to me. The gentle cadence of my mother’s voice paired with the thrill of crispy white book pages that shared a thrilling story became a nightly ritual. Then I became a parent myself and the love and the magic of …

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National Pollinator Week is not Just for the Bees! A Pollinator Booklist

Pollinator Week is an annual event celebrated internationally in support of pollinator health. It\’s a time to celebrate pollinators and spread the word about what we can do to protect them. Most of the time when we hear the word \”pollinator,\” we automatically think of bees. But, did you know, that birds, bats, butterflies, beetles, …

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eBook Summer Reading Recommends for Readers of all Ages

Ah, summer. Everyone has been looking forward to sun, fun, and a much slower pace. As the world slowly begins to get a handle on COVID-19 and travel begins to open up, even more readers are on the hunt for books that are not only enjoyable to read but also easy to bring with them …

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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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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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