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Moving away from Brooklyn, you could include the current White House Garden in your garden study. It is traditional for the First Lady to adopt a cause and promote it throughout her term as First Lady. With Laura Bush, a former librarian, the cause was books and literacy. With Michelle Obama, a notoriously fit woman, the cause is healthy lifestyles including physical activity and eating well. Lots more information can be found on the Let’s Move! website, but here are some ideas you might use in your classroom.

  • There’s a children’s book about the White House Garden, First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew by Robin Gourley. The book covers historical gardens at the White House including John Adams and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden during World War II, but then spends the bulk of the time on Mrs. Obama and the process she and the current garden went through. Students will link their own gardening experience to hers and learn about the current garden at the White House.
  • The Let’s Move! website has 5 simple steps for schools, 5 steps for parents, 5 steps for kids, and steps for others (chefs, health care providers) that really help individuals kick-start their health initiatives. Check out the one for schools, which includes a plan to help start a garden.
  • If you are in Washington, DC, tours of the garden are offered in the spring and fall. Information about the fall tours this past October is available on the White House’s website, which is where future tour dates will be announced.
  • For day care centers, check out Let’s Move Childcare with ideas for encouraging a healthy lifestyle at your day care center.
  • There are lots of resources for eating healthy and planning meals which you could use to plan a parent’s night.
  • In addition, there’s an official cookbook, A White House Garden Cookbook: Healthy Ideas from the First Family to Your Family by Clara Silverstein.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Brooklyn Children’s Museum is part of all this, as a member of Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens. Check back for future details about what Brooklyn Children’s Museum is doing to help kids live a healthy and active life.

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Open House New York is a wonderful annual festival, featuring behind the scenes access to fascinating sites around New York City. This year, it’s October 15th and 16th, and the full schedule is now available. It’s a big weekend, full of amazing opportunities. Here are some of my favorites, for families and educators interested in sustainability:

  • Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, Sunday the 16th starting at 10am: Check out this farm, on a roof in Greenpoint! It’s a great example of sustainable urban design. (Family friendly)
  • Visitor Center at the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, Saturday and Sunday all day: Learn about NYC’s water system and check out the nearby nature trail at this Greenpoint site. (Family friendly)
  • Water, Water Everywhere, Sunday the 16th at 1pm and 2:30pm:  A kid’s introduction to the water towers of New York City. Learn about and build your own water tower. (Family friendly, ages 4-10)
  • East River Waterfront Tour, Sunday the 16th at 3pm: Learn about the design behind this new park on the Manhattan side of the East River. (Family friendly)
  • Sun Works Center for Environmental Studies, Sunday the 16th all day: Check out this environmental education site on the Upper West Side. (Family friendly)
  • Fresh Kills by Bus, Saturday the 15th at 10am and 1pm: Once the largest landfill in the world, this new park is an sustainable masterpiece. Check out the future Staten Island park on this sneak peak bus tour. (Family friendly)
  • Queens County Farm Museum, Saturday and Sunday all day: Check out this awesome, functioning farm which, “brings agricultural history to life for our urban visitors and provides a direct tie to modern-day sustainable agricultural practices and quality foods.” (Family friendly)
  • New York Botanical Garden, Saturday and Sunday all day: Mention Open House New York for a free garden pass to this Bronx attraction. (Family friendly)
  • Rocking the Boat, Saturday the 15th from 12-5: Learn about this Bronx-based non-profit, which teaches boat building and ecology to high school students. (Family Friendly)
  • Bronx River Estuary Paddle, Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th at 11am:  Row the river and learn about “the river’s ecology, history and present human impacts and rehabilitation.”
  • Tour the Brooklyn Bridge Park, Saturday the 15th at 1pm and 3pm: Get a staff led tour of this amazing park. And while you’re there, check out…
  • Bike Share Demonstration in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Saturday the 15th, 11am-3pm: This is your chance for a sneak peak at the new bike share program coming to New York City.
  • Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, Saturday the 15th at 11am: The Gowanus Canal, a superfund toxic site, needs all the help it can get to be cleaned up. At this event, learn about the sponge park, which is being designed to remediate the canal and provide park access to the community.

Which events are you most excited about?

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