Family Nature Play | Windowsill Lettuce Challenge 2/15

What can you expect at this Sunday’s Family Nature Play?  Building with bottles, and a bonus for the birds for the first five families to identify the mystery photo (see below).  If you can’t join us on Sunday, we can reserve a DIY kit with your name on it.

Cos Cob weather.gov predicts:  “Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 13. Windy.”  But it’s a fresh, green, 71 degrees in the greenhouse.  Come play!  Workshop demos will take place at 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30, and build time is approximately 15-20 minutes.  Please pre-register at http://gecgreenwich.org/familynatureplay.html $10/family.

In the workshop:  Build and take home a windowsill pop-bottle planter, with lettuce seeds.  It's your chance to join/support the lettuce challenge.  Check in with us in April, sharing photos from your windowsill garden, and be recognized as part of our special community recognition at the Lettuce Challenge awards on April 19th.
In the workshop: Each family can build and take home a windowsill mini pop-bottle planter, with lettuce seeds. It’s your chance to join/support the lettuce challenge.  In April you’ll have the opportunity to share photos from your windowsill garden experiment.  You can be recognized as one of our special community supporters at the Lettuce Challenge awards on April 19th.  Plus, it’s a recycled sub-irrigated planter (click for photo)!  What cooler way to geek out about the capillary action of soil, and what better excuse have you got this weekend to practice sharp tool skills and play with ‘dirt’ with the family? (Photo from Second Sunday Pollinator Workshop)
playful treasures hidden in plants for sale
You can also search for playful treasures hidden among our plants for sale.
Help us test out our Lettuce Challenge school workshop stations.  See anything growing with a "warm glow"?
Help us test out our Lettuce Challenge school workshop stations. Can you see anything growing that has the color “warm glow”?  (Pollinator photo contribution)
Check our our resources and use our art supplies in the classroom area.  We hope they will help you become better aquainted with the Lettuce Challenge, better windowsill gardeners and spring garden planners, and adventurous salad eaters.
Check our our resources and use our art supplies in the classroom area. We hope they will help you become better acquainted with the Lettuce Challenge, and maybe….  (Pollinator Artwork by Allison N.)
With green thumbs we'll be better windowsill gardeners, ready for spring gardening, and maybe even become adventurous salad eaters.
With green thumbs we’ll be better windowsill gardeners, ready for spring gardening, and maybe even become adventurous salad eaters.
Plant measuring and sketching.
Practice plant measuring, observation, and sketching.
Our teen pollinator photo challenge:  Can you find this mystery spot in the horticultural building?
HERE IT IS!  Our teen pollinator photo challenge: Can you find this mystery spot in the horticultural building?  (Mystery Photo Credit Pollinator Isobelle N., CMS)
Bonus:  first five families to sign up will get one of these suet feeders we made today with the mushrooms.  then pack up warm and take a hike on the trails with the family.  Backyard bird feeder watch
Your Bonus: The first five families to find the location of the mystery pollinator photo will get one of these suet feeders we made today with the mushrooms (our first experiment with the Cornell Lab’s Tallow recipe!).   Bundle up nice and warm, bring your binoculars, and take a hike on the trails with the family after you play in the workshop, because it’s the 18th annual Great Backyard Birdcount weekend – go citizen scientists!
If you can't join us on Sunday, but would like to support the lettuce challenge, please contact Deanna at youth.director@gecgreenwich.org to order a GIY (grow it yourself) Lettuce Challenge Kit (to pick up at the GEC) or consider becoming a member or joining our annual appeal.
If you can’t join us on Sunday, but would like to support and be a part of the lettuce challenge, please contact Deanna at youth.director@gecgreenwich.org to order a GIY (grow it yourself) Mini Lettuce Challenge Windowsill Kit for $10 to pick up at the GEC.  Supplies and building instructions for a pop bottle planter are included, with lettuce seeds.

If you would like to continue 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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2 thoughts on “Family Nature Play | Windowsill Lettuce Challenge 2/15

  1. Here’s a good question/observation from a parent:
    Q. “Why do you always put the weather report in your posts?”
    A. Well, gardeners have taught me to obsessively watch the weather, and I’m learning what to watch for in terms of sun, soil, water, and air. Mainly, though, I’m interested in looking back next year and remembering how the seasons progressed. Is anyone interested in doing some volunteer Phenology with the GEC? https://www.usanpn.org/about/why-phenology? -Ms. D

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  2. update from weather.gov: Snow likely, mainly before 9am. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny and cold, with a high near 16. Wind chill values between -5 and zero. Windy, with a northwest wind 30 to 38 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. We’re watching that storm – safe travels everyone.

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