Environmental Education at Dowling







Ms. Kristen

Hello. My name is kristen melby and I am the Environmental Educator at Dowling School.

My daily online office hours are:

9:30-10:30 am and 1:00-2:00pm

kristen.melby@mpls.k12.mn.us

612-442-6981

To figure out what to do this week and what options you have, go to WEEK 7 INTRODUCTION. From there you can decide which activity or activities you want to do. Have fun and be safe. We miss you!

I SPy Dowling... Photo of the Week

Can you figure out where this is? Click on the photo and let me know!

Local Nature Area of the Week

Elm Creek Park Reserve

Nature play area, 50 miles of hiking trails, floating boardwalks, what more could you want? We spent some time there last week and saw an owl and deer. There are short hiking trails with information about animals and native plants. Portable toilets available. Click image for more information about the park.

Riddle of the week

I am a seed with three letters in my name. Take away two letters and I sound quite the same. What am I? Click on the image above to send me your answer. I switched the joke for a riddle...let me know if you like it!

I'll post the answer next Monday!

#ThankyouFrontlineworkers

To figure out what to do this week and what options you have, go to WEEK 6 INTRODUCTION. From there you can decide which activity or activities you want to do. Have fun and be safe. We miss you!

I Spy Dowling, Photo of the week (last Week)

Yes! Spring came and the beautiful tulips you see in the photo are from the area right in front of the Ag. Building.

Answer to Last Week's Joke

Last Week's Joke: What do you get when you cross a tortoise and a porcupine? A slow-poke!

I SPy Dowling... Photo of the Week

Can you figure out where this is? Click on the photo and let me know!

Local Nature Area of the Week

Afton State Park

This state park is about a 30 minute drive. We saw lots of tracks in the mud and enjoyed the trails as we well as climbing on the many fallen trees. Portable toilets available. Click image for more information about the park.

Joke of the week

What do you get when you cross a tortoise and a porcupine? Click on the image above to send me your answer.

I'll post the answer next Monday!

#Collective Action and Celebration

May 1st, May Day, Cinco Day Mayo

To figure out what to do this week and what options you have, go to WEEK 5 INTRODUCTION. From there you can decide which activity or activities you want to do. Have fun and be safe. We miss you!

I Spy Dowling, Photo of the week (last Week)

And the answer is....the Dowling School Garden Plot! Everyone got this answer right. Great job! We have a group of people who have been preparing the soil and planting. If you get a chance to head over that way, check out what is growing.

Answer to Last Week's Joke

Last Week's Joke: How does a bee brush its hair? With a honey comb!

Thanks for all your responses-You are all so witty! I can't fool you with my jokes!

This Week at Dowling

Stay posted for new photos, areas to explore, and jokes

I SPy Dowling... Photo of the Week

Can you figure out where this is? Click on the photo and let me know!

Local Nature Area of the Week

Westwood Hills Nature Reserve

This reserve is a short drive and located in St. Louis Park. We much of the trails are board walk over marsh land. We saw a lot of wildlife. The parking lot is under construction so you need to park on the street. No bathrooms available. Click image for more information about the park.

Joke of the week

Continuing with the pollinator jokes...

How does a bee brush its hair? Click on the image above to send me your answer.

I'll post the answer next Monday!

#Outdoor Helpers

To figure out what to do this week and what options you have, go to WEEK 4 INTRODUCTION. From there you can decide which activity or activities you want to do. Have fun and be safe. We miss you!

I Spy Dowling, Photo of the week (last Week)

And the answer is....the slowly melting snow pile outside the Nature Acre! I was just there on Saturday and it is all gone. Do you remember how high it was this winter? Did you climb to the top? Slide down?

Answer to Last Week's Joke

Last Week's Joke: How do bees get to school? On a buzz!

Thanks for all your responses! Check out the link to the left to learn more about the many jobs of bees.

#EarthDayiseveryday

See below for some of the great Earth Day photos students shared. I was so impressed with the all the activities you did. Here is what students reported back:

Water plants and recycle, Turn off water when washing hand's, I planted and took care of plants Pick up Trash! We have charted this over the last few weeks, We picked up trash, We respected animals and gave them space in the forest, We left nature in its natural habitat, Mixed up our compost pile and collected dirt for our garden, We composted and are going to make a garden, Biked instead of using our car, I picked up trash, I recycle and water the plants, Earth Day scavenger hunt, cleaned up our adopted storm drain, artwork, recycled and composted, Sam Huckfeldt: helped dad pick up trash on the river (Sam and his sister were spotters, dad picked up.)

Images from Earth Day Activities















Owen's Garbage and Recyling Collection

Over the last month Owen and family have been walking around the neighborhood, picking up garbage and recycling along the way and weighing it when they got home. Here are the results! This is amazing. Maybe we can all try to do this over the next month!

Devon's Garbage and Recyling Collection

Over the last month Devon and family have been walking around the neighborhood, picking up garbage and recycling along the way and weighing it when they got home. Here are the results! Inspiring work.

Answer to Last Week's Joke

Last Week's Joke: How far is it from March to June? One single spring!

Lots of you were very precise in your counting of months! Click on the picture to learn more about the Spring celebration of Nowruz in some parts of the Middle East and Central Asia.

I Spy Dowling, Photo of the week (last Week)

Drum roll please.....You got it. It is the roof on the Ag Building with the greenhouse in behind it. Looks like we found a lot of missing balls. Click on the photo to the left to learn about GREEN ROOFS around the world!