Celebrating Earth Day 

April 2020

Gardeners and volunteers of Living Classroom harvested 5 pounds of fava beans and a whopping 76 pounds of oranges.  West Valley Community Services greatly appreciated the donation and noted that their demand is huge right now.
With schools being out until fall, Living Classroom is posting lessons that can be enjoyed with children at home. Please visit our For Parents page for videos, activities, and many more resources. 
With times as they are now, many people are wanting to start growing their own vegetables. Although, you only have a balcony or patio, many vegetables can be grown in containers! There are numerous reasons why growing in containers is actually easier than growing in the ground. 

Read more about container gardening

Coronavirus Response Impact on the Earth

While the global response to the novel coronavirus has caused a great deal of disruption to our economy and way of life, the shelter in place order has created a positive impact on our Earth. Atmospheric pollution has reduced drastically. Wildlife has been reported to be exploring deserted streets. Seed and gardening retailers struggle to keep up with the demand for seeds and gardening materials as people are turning to their gardens to cope with crisis. 

Read more on our blog

Look out for the California Buckeye to bloom this spring! Its flowers provide nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds, and it will be the first to lose its leaves this summer. Its seeds are also the largest seeds outside of the tropics. 
From the Executive Director 

April 22 marked the 50th anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement. Earth Day 1970 began a movement that showed the world new ways to interact with nature, wildlife, and our environment. Typically, a 50th anniversary is a “jubilee” and calls for celebrations and gifts of gold. We all have the opportunity to celebrate the goals and vision of that first Earth Day -- but perhaps not with gifts of gold. By taking care of Earth, we can protect and nurture our community, country, and earth in so many ways. Take a moment to thank the many scientists, activists, and environmentalists who have made strides to provide a better, cleaner home for us.  Do something positive: recycle, use less water, be aware of pollution in all its forms.  Make the effort to not add to the problem by planting pollinator attracting plants in your own yards and by not using toxic pesticides. Take the time to be part of nature and to share what we know with the next generation -- the list goes on. 

Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than 1 billion people every year, and a day of action that aspires to change human behavior and provoke policy changes. Visit the Earth Day website ( to learn more about this important global movement that needs to take place every day, not just on April 22 each year. 

Do visit Living Classroom’s new For Parents page on our website with many ideas for activities and resources, including videos of some of our lesson activities. 

And stay safe and healthy! We look forward to seeing our students, teachers, parents, and volunteers again in August.


Margot Harrigan, Executive Director

P.S. This month, many popular publications have provided a variety of great ideas: National Geographic provides a sober view of all the things humans are doing right and wrong; People Magazine has an article “50 Things You Should Know and Can Do to Help the Planet”; our friends from Kiwanis devoted their monthly magazine to “Protecting the Planet for Generations to Come”; and even the Costco Connection monthly is focusing on Earth Day and our environment with many great ideas (and recipes). 


How You Can Help


Living Classroom gardens always need loving hands to stay in great condition. If you can spare even a few minutes a week, consider helping in the garden as a Garden Volunteer at your local school. Contact us at

If you like working with kids and plants, please consider becoming a Classroom Volunteer or Docent. No teaching experience or garden knowledge needed or expected! Contact Margot Harrigan at if you are interested.

Garden Tours

There are no garden tours scheduled at this time. If you are interested in setting up a tour, please email Margot Harrigan at

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We welcome your generosity in supporting our work of empowering the next generation of environmental scientists and providing engaging science lessons. Please consider a gift to Living Classroom Thank YOU.

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