Please enjoy A Living Library: Cultivating the Human & Ecological Garden, a Presentation by Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder & Director ofLife Frames, Inc. & A Living Library.
Imagine a blank canvas where you are given the freedom to design a city from the ground up. Join us for an exploration of this topic through the STEAM lens to discuss city planning for the next generation. Through hands-on activities and presentations, you will bring these material to life in your classroom.
Bonnie Ora Sherk | Landscape Architect, Artist, Educator, and Founder/Director of A Living Library which transforms derelict urban spaces and hidden watersheds into thriving art gardens, resilient learning landscapes,and education centers for children and adults that uses STEAM + Literacy to impact communities.
Will Roger Peterson | Founding Board Member and Board Chairman, Burning Man Project, Black Rock City Planner and Designer
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Arte y Cultiva/Art & Cultivation In Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park At Junipero Serra Early Education School
The Living Library & Think Park at Junipero Serra Early Education School has been transformed this Fall by students, teachers and volunteers working hard to bring life and beauty to the Lower Garden. From Kindergarteners to Fifth Graders, over a hundred students have spent weeks in the Garden, pulling weeds, watering thirsty perennials, creating pathways and building a worm compost to feed the Garden! For some time now, this Living Library & Think Park Garden was needing some TLC, and starting in September it received some enthusiastic helping hands! Bean trellises were built, signs in both Spanish and English were made, and a beautiful mural depicting the relationship between humans and other forms of nature was painted on the stairwell of the Lower Garden.A fantastic volunteer, Salvador from Chile, graced us with his construction skills and fixed many structures in the Garden. He helped to rebuild garden beds and lent his hand to bringing color and art into the environment ! Thank you, Salvador for all of your hard work!
Growing spaces were rebuilt, soil amended and cultivated with seeds.
4th and 5th Graders planting Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower and Kale.
Ms. Monica’s and Ms. P’s Kindergarten Classes planted the beans that quickly climbed up the trellis that the older students helped to erect.
Students learned all about worms in Ms. Kristin’s and Ms. Alex’s classes and then went on a scavenger hunt in the Living Library Garden looking for worms, leaves, grass and twigs to add to the worm compost they built.
The majority of students at J.Serra are native Spanish speakers, so we wanted to make their Living Library Garden a bi-lingual space. Beautiful images and scientific terms surround the outdoor classroomThe Lower Garden at Junipero Serra is in bloom and students truly love spending time there. Their Living Library & Think Park is a year-round sanctuary for not only children, but for our wonderful pollinators like hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. The amount of imagination, smiles and laughs that are growing in this ecological and happy environment is enough to bring the roses to bloom and seeds to germinate. The young gardeners of Bernal Heights and the Mission District are busily transforming their Living Library & Think Park Garden into a magical space for humans and other forms of nature, while learning to plant seeds of kindness everywhere they go. Written by Alexandra Grubb
Thank you, Mr. Bee, for helping to pollinate our zucchini!This month, Pre-K students at San Miguel Early Education School began to learn about flowers as attractors for pollinators. They went on a "color scavenger hunt", matching colored flashcards to plants throughout the garden.
Over here, pollinators!
Older students at San Miguel had a seed diversity lessons, dissecting and investigating a variety of seed vessels. We discussed how reproductive rate may vary between plants as a result of their differing seed dispersal methods.
Can you name the 8 different plants whose seeds are pictured here?
Working some ART into our S.T.E.M. lessons - we believe in the power of S.T.E.A.M. !
Speaking of Scarlet Runners - have you ever seen such beautiful beans as these?
Scientific illustrator in training
Prayer Flag Project Complete!
Teachers Sue Meyer and Cecilia Frisardi worked with several classes on an art and literacy project at San Miguel Early Education School this past summer. Students were asked to come up with dreams and goals for their communities and paint these onto a flag. Check out the display in the Redwood Circle at the OMI/Excelsior Branch of a living library today!
Sue's class inscribed their flag with such phrases as "Grow Food", "Save Water", and "Spread Love".
With each gust of wind, positive energy blows across the schoolyard.