Joshing Joshua – Yucca Yucca

Week One Featured Tree: Joshua Tree / Yucca brevifolia by Marisa Folse FUN FACTS ABOUT – JOSHUA TREES Slow Growers: Joshua’s grow only three (3) inches a year for first ten years! That means a yardstick high tree is over 30 YEARS old. Growth slows with age. After first ten years, Joshua trees grow lessContinue reading “Joshing Joshua – Yucca Yucca”

Top 21 Acts (to do from home) to Conserve Earth this Earth Day!

Yep. you may still be at home and the world is still spinning out there. Here’s a list to make the greatest positive impact on our globe. Some you can do from your couch. Research Your Food. Of coarse, this first one is a couchable act. Pull 5 items you normally buy. Then look upContinue reading “Top 21 Acts (to do from home) to Conserve Earth this Earth Day!”

Wildlife Friendly Gardens

National Wildlife Foundation offers the below five steps to Create Wildlife-Friendly Gardens. This post links to their website: http://www.nwf.org to certify your new wildlife habitat. Whether an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas. Provide Food Planting native forbs, shrubs and treesContinue reading “Wildlife Friendly Gardens”

Caregiving

Caregiver Quotes Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~Lao-Tzu When a parent becomes a grandparent, they are the Guardians of two generations in their family ~Foundation for Grandparenting The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation fromContinue reading “Caregiving”

Take a Deep Calming Breath

by Bellezza Squillace, GATE Executive Director 07.14.2008 We all get stressed, these days even more. Ever present electrical currents from TV, computer, cell phones, ambient wifi and other sources adds to anxiety. Enjoying time in Nature helps. But sometimes we need to destress right now! Deep breathing helps us refocus and reconnect to what isContinue reading “Take a Deep Calming Breath”

Helping US Forests

Our work supports organized forestry efforts worldwide. Efforts that can overwhelm those responsible such as the USDA Forest Service. However, private sector volunteers, and supporters like you, may have the answers that can help Keep America Beautiful. The below post by Andrew Avitt, USDA Forest Service, Office of Communications dated December 2020 can originally beContinue reading “Helping US Forests”

Year End Update

As 2020 comes to a close, we are able to reflect on its benefits and challenges. While GATE was challenged cancelling in-person early childhood educator seminars, the youth education community as a whole benefitted as more organizations offered online educator training. Teachers of the very young can now search online for #ECE Webinars and findContinue reading “Year End Update”