Family Nature Play | Spring Warm Ups

This week we’re celebrating the first day of Spring on Friday, March 20th and we’ve been really into learning about solar energy.
Unfortunately, without enough signups for this week’s Family Day, our guest expert visit, and demonstration of the solar oven with Permaculture Design Expert Helen Loughrey has been cancelled.  However, we learned a lot from her presentation at the Pollinators workshop last week. I’ll be in the greenhouse today if you want to stop by, I’ll share the story of how she used the principles and tools of permaculture, and her super observation skills to boil a cup of water, in 42 degree weather, on a cloudy day, in less than an hour.  And of course, the solar energy we’re collecting in the greenhouse means a pleasant 71 degrees, with plenty of bright green plants for sale.  Stop by!  We’re open from 2-4 pm, and activities in the workshop take about 30 minutes to complete.


Helen presented a demonstration on solar ovens during March Pollinators
275 degrees F!
You can build a mini solar oven, and try some of our spring warm up exercises.
mini solar ovens with materials that reflect, absorb and help us look for shadows and angles of the sun.
Capturing and storing energy in winter is also about air and water so: You can take a close look at our flower pot space heater
how a flower pot heater is constructed, and how does it work?
and a look inside the amazing kelly kettle prediction for Cos Cob:  Scattered sprinkles after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. Breezy, with a northwest wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.
Please pre-register $10/family at
Thank you for your support!  Together we are planting seeds for lifelong learning, healthy living, and good stewardship.

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