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Welcome to part two in our very occasional introduction series. Since we have been sharing information about gardens, it seemed like high time to say hello to Greta, our Greenhouse and Garden Maintainer and Lead Science Educator.

Here's Greta with one of our after-school students

Greta teaches public programs, school programs, and works with our after-school programs for local students. But her primary responsibility is taking amazing care of our lovely Greenhouse and Garden.

Greta is a creative whiz – she designs awesome gardens around children’s books, world cultures, related murals, and plants to attract pollinators. Some new ideas for the Greenhouse and Garden include a collection of carnivorous plants and planting shade gardens to maximize planting in the garden.

Greta also has her own blog with garden updates, Brooklyn Greenhouse.

Next week, we will feature lots of information (and photographs) about Greta’s culture gardens, which could be a great teaching tool in your classroom.

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Just a reminder – next week, Brooklyn Children’s Museum is offering free professional development workshops for educators. The same My Green Community workshop is offered twice:

Thursday, October 20th, 4pm – 7pm

Saturday, October 22nd, 10am – 1pm

Join Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s educational team for a workshop on inquiry-based, hands-on experiences exploring what it means to live in a “green community” like New York City. We will give you a copy and walk you through “My Green Community,” a unit plan designed by BCM that ties in with NYC curriculum and standards for pre-K through grade 6 and explores green community features. Activities and lessons include links to literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts.

Come by to receive a print copy of our educator’s guide, free teacher resources from other New York City institutions, and lots of hands-on lesson ideas for your classroom.

We hope to see you on Thursday or Saturday!

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So, by now you may be wondering – who is actually writing these posts? To put a personal face on the blog, we’ll be gradually introducing some of our education staff and have them say a few words about what they do.

Here, I'm showing a group of 2nd graders a bamboo plant, to help them learn about Brooklyn Children's Museum's sustainable floors, made from bamboo.

My name is Lynn Cartwright-Punnett, and I’m a science educator at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. I work with public and school programs, teaching everything from geology to how to make homemade toothpaste. But my main focus is this project: teaching sustainability to young learners.

Before joining the team at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, I worked at summer camps, after school programs, and taught 6th grade for three years. I have experience with grades PK to college, but I really like the incredible curiosity and eagerness of the youngest learners.

I’m also a licensed New York City tour guide, and I love the opportunity to get New Yorkers of all ages to experience parts of New York City they’ve never seen before!

Teaching a public program where we made fossils with Plaster of Paris

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