Babysitting the best planties ever.
STS Favorite Arboretums?
We got this ask from swedishivy, and I tried to answer it, but instead deleted. Tumblr, you always make me feel like an old person.
In any case, this is a great question! Arboretums are one of our favorite ways to make time for nature without driving to a park or some more remote location. I’ll list just a few of our favorite arboretums and gardens! We are big fans of the UC Davis Arb (obvi), the University of Kentucky Arboretum and State Botanical Garden, The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, The Arboretum at Penn State, the Portland International Rose Test Garden, and the Chicago Botanical Gardens!
Perhaps by favorite, I actually meant to say, “Ones we have visited.” So, add to the list! What’s your favorite arbo or local garden?
"This was not a reckless gamble. Losing this money would have seriously hurt. But I wouldn’t have lost my house - although maybe my wife would have had something to say about it. I’d call it responsible gambling. And my main advice would be “don’t try this at home”. But I’d prefer to call this a reasoned wager. For me it was almost an investment."
The power of data!
My Professor: “You have 11 problems due on Friday; have a nice day!!”
Guys! My cohort-mate has an awesome Tumblr that you should check out/follow! It’s like I have my own appropriate gif generator for my life now.
I finally got out of town to go on a hike! I shirked my homework responsibilities yesterday and finally had a homework free day! Hiking 9 miles at Black Moshannon State Park was just what I needed. Sure, I will have to spend all day today in the department doing the entirety of my homework due tomorrow, BUT I think it’s been completely worth it!
Here is your end of the week chance to do something really good! As lots of you all know, Meridith and I have awesome science pen pals. My pen pal, Anya, is from North Carolina, and her teacher is trying to raise some funds to bring technology to her classroom. I’ll let her tell you about it!I want to make sure my students have the materials they need to succeed, so I just created a request for my classroom at DonorsChoose.org: Help Us Put the Science and Technology in STEM! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math - all of these areas are so important for my students to be successful.
Thank you for being a pen pal for my students this past school year. You helped them grow over 20% on the state standardized test and really helped make science REAL for them. In your jobs I’m betting you use a lot of technology, this is something I want to bring to my classroom so my students will be proficient and ready for the job market. All these supplies will help us collect data for labs and enhance students technology skills.
Give to my classroom by September 7 and your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the code INSPIRE on the payment page and you’ll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100)…that means $25 becomes $50!
You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook and see your donations at work! Instagram - @msjorgenparker Facebook - www.facebook.com/msjorgenp
If you chip in to help my students, you’ll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks.
Thank so much!
Johanna Jorgensen Parker
P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help my classroom, please pass this along!
So get your clicking finger ready and head over to this link and help them out! And spread the word, these are great kids, and they deserve the same advantages in the classroom that any other school has.
Signal Boost! If you donate by tomorrow, your donation will be matched by Donorschoose.org! Do it!
Reblogging this one more time because I just got some really cool news! One of the 6th grade teachers in the school where I was a science pen-pal enrolled in the Letters to a Pre-scientist program. This means I might get to have the same pen-pal two years in a row, a first for the program! I would love to write with that little lady again, so I’m hopeful she ended up in that 6th grade classroom.
Also, Mrs. Parker is only a little over 600 dollars shy of her goal! It doesn’t look like there is a timeline for when the project *must* be funded, so there is still time for those of us who need to wait for payday to donate (ie: me).
… we’ve had all manner of discussions and in the end it does seem a far better solution to have an inter-tidal site which can develop salt marsh vegetation and build up a natural defense against flood waters.
I love hearing about my study system in the news! Many salt marsh restorations begin with the breach of some sort of levee (this one was obviously not intentional). From the brief article, it sounds like they are going to let the salt marsh plant community passively develop. Super cool. Want a personalized view of what I study about salt marshes? Check out the STS blog post for this week.