Get Outside this Spring!

Inspired by a recent Access Atlanta article, I decided to put together my own local to do list for spring featuring some of our partner organizations!

Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens See over 300,000 blooms during the Atlanta Blooms event! We’ve enjoyed field trips at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for many years. Atlanta_Botanical_Garden_logo

Arboretum Walking Tour with Trees Atlanta Along the Atlanta Beltline Every Friday and Saturday, Trees Atlanta offers walking tours of the Eastside Trail introducing you to the tree species planted along the path. Our third graders have been so fortunate to be a part of Trees Atlanta’s Outreach and Education programming over the years. See some photos of their work with SPARK third graders here: https://tendingourcommonground.com/tag/trees-atlanta/ 6glw_trees_atlanta_logo

Bird Walk with the Atlanta Audubon Society  Learn about birdwatching and the importance of land conservation from an Atlanta Audubon Society member at Fort Yargo State Park. We are excited to begin our work with the Atlanta Audubon Society this spring, since Parker Pape (4th grader) received a CINS grant for classes with the Audubon Society for our kindergarteners. See more here: https://tendingourcommonground.com/2015/03/06/cins-grants-announced/ 43GGfJb4_400x400

Visit Your Local Farmers Market Spring produce is on it’s way! Visit your local farmers market for fresh, local, nutritious food direct from the farmers.

Ms. Mobley managed the Decatur Farmers Market on Wednesdays. Come see her there! Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 1.21.33 PMDecaturScreen Shot 2015-03-06 at 1.22.38 PM

Visit Piedmont Park We are so lucky to have a beautiful park in the middle of Atlanta! It’s the perfect place to breathe some fresh air and get some exercise!

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Special Events

Saturday, March 25 – The Atlanta Science Festival

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Recommended Events:

  • Farm Scavenger Hunt at Love is Love Farm! – Love is Love Farm is one of our vendors at our local farmers markets – see photos of our SPARK kids at local farmers markets here.
  • The Buzz on Bees – SPARK students have become beekeepers for the first time this year. See more about our beekeeping program here.
  • The Songs of Birds and Frogs – SPARK kindergarteners will be completing a unit of study on birds this spring with the Atlanta Audubon Society thanks to a grant written by a SPARK 4th grade Green Team member (Parker Pape). See more here.
  • Hands-on Science: Recycling! – SPARK students have worked extensively on our recycling programs at SPARK. See more about our Environmental Science programming here.


Saturday, April 4 – Back to Your Roots Farm Fair at Chattahoochee Nature Center Learn about composting, natural dyes, and farm animals while listening to live tunes and trying some old-fashioned outdoor games. We’ve enjoyed many field trips to the Chattahoochee Nature Center over the years. See photos here: https://tendingourcommonground.com/2012/10/26/field-trip-to-the-chattahoochee-nature-center/ chattlogoSunday, April 19 – Earth Day Celebration at the Wylde Center Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) at the Wylde Center with gnome-themed festivities including a costume parade, bike tour, live music and yoga. Ms. Mobley now serves on the Wylde Center Board. See more here: http://wyldecenter.org/board-of-trustees/ wylde-logo1-300x188

And of course, if you get the opportunity to participate in any of these local event, submit photos to Ms. Mobley at jennasmobley@gmail.com to be featured on our website. See past Home-School Connections here: https://tendingourcommonground.com/category/home-school-connections/

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