Lettuce Challenge 2.5.2015 Updates & Vacation Workshops

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Some important updates and announcements for the lettuce challenge before we part for break, Enjoy!

Greetings from the GEC Greenhouse where the lettuce seeds that were sown by our green schools volunteers are being nurtured by our greenhouse volunteers.   Look!  They are showing some exciting growth.

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Here are three opportunities for you to connect to the Lettuce Challenge during the next week:

1.  Second Sunday, Pollinators, February 8th, 2-4pm**

age 12-17 drop in for a build session in the greenhouse.  We’ll be creating these sub-irrigated planters to take home, so you can nurture your own windowsill lettuce plants.  We’re really excited about some of the Pollinator outreach we saw recently.  These creative teens create handmade stamps, signs, maps, and ‘zines for our Family Nature Play scavenger hunts.  Please register online in advance if possible .  $15/session  http://gecgreenwich.org/pollinators.html

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handmade stamps and garden design from a pollinator workshop
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sub-irrigated recycled pop-bottle planters, to nurture lettuce on your windowsills

SPECIAL CLASSROOM OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday

2.   Wednesday February 11,  Mushrooms Open House, 9-12 am, age 1-3 with caregivers**

It’s school break, so we’re extending the Nature Play and inviting you to bring your siblings and join a mushrooms open house.  We’ll pre-cut some windowsill planters, exercise our fine motor skills, planting little lettuce seeds, and creating special weavings for valentine’s day.  You’ll get to explore the classroom and Pinetum together.  The snow kitchen will be open, under the trees.  Bring your favorite winter/snow book to share!  Please RSVP to youth.director@gecgreenwich.org

snow kitchen will be open!
snow kitchen will be open!
classroom chores to try, like watering the moss table
classroom chores to try, like watering the moss table
we found some magnolia leaves on the snow. to play with.
we found some magnolia leaves on the snow to play with.

3.  Third Sunday, February 15, Family Nature Play, 2- 4 pm **

Join us in the greenhouse to build a sub-irrigated pop-bottle planters and lettuce seeds to take home.  As always, there will be scavenger hunts and activities to connect new and experienced gardeners to green growth.  We hope you can join us and be a part of our community experiment.  $10/family.  Please pre-register online if possible at  http://gecgreenwich.org/familynatureplay.html

greenhouse icicle art
greenhouse icicle art

**More photos from the greenhouse and more information about the Lettuce Challenge to come.

Thanks for following along and supporting the GEC and Green Schools in this exciting lettuce adventure.  If you are unable to join workshops but would like to support the GEC in our mission to promote horticulture, conservation, and the arts, and our new school outreach programs, please consider becoming a member, or donating to our annual appeal at www.gecgreenwich.org.

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