The Green Desk

Planning and Planting

Planning and Planting

Edible Plants for Play and Learning

Edible Plants for Play and Learning

Landscape Plant List

Landscape Plant List

Landscape Plants for Play and Learning

Landscape Plants for Play and Learning

Selecting, Installing and Managing Plants

Selecting, Installing and Managing Plants

Primary Pathway Width

Primary Pathway Width

Tomatoes and Childcare in North Carolina

Tomatoes and Childcare in North Carolina

Climbing Stones and Boulders

Climbing Stones and Boulders

Primary Pathway Materials

Primary Pathway Materials

Creating a Vine Teepee

Creating a Vine Teepee

Starting Seeds in the Spring

Starting Seeds in the Spring

Sunflower Houses

Sunflower Houses

Log Seats

Log Seats

Installing a Rain Barrel

Installing a Rain Barrel

Sittable Stones and Boulders

Sittable Stones and Boulders

Summer Play: Beat the Heat

Summer Play: Beat the Heat

Infant and Toddler Pathway Materials

Infant and Toddler Pathway Materials

Embankment Slides

Embankment Slides

Tree Cookies for Play and Learning

Tree Cookies for Play and Learning

Installing Tire Planters

Installing Tire Planters

Natural Building

Natural Building

Natural Playhouse

Natural Playhouse

Raised Planters: Timber Construction

Raised Planters: Timber Construction

Safely Installing Planters on Asphalt

Safely Installing Planters on Asphalt

Naturalizing Chain link Fences

Naturalizing Chain link Fences

Reducing Mosquitoes

Reducing Mosquitoes

Reducing bothersome stinging insects

Reducing bothersome stinging insects

Bees and Wasps

Bees and Wasps

Preventing stings

Preventing stings

Primary Pathways

Primary Pathways

Harvesting and Eating Sunflower Seeds

Harvesting and Eating Sunflower Seeds

Wildflower Patch

Wildflower Patch

More on Bees and other Pollinators

More on Bees and other Pollinators

Natural Materials for Play and Learning

Natural Materials for Play and Learning

Primary Pathway Layout

Primary Pathway Layout

Installing Stepping Stones

Installing Stepping Stones

Autumn Leaves for Play and Learning

Autumn Leaves for Play and Learning

Raising Funds and Resources for Outdoor Learning Environments

Raising Funds and Resources for Outdoor Learning Environments

Autumn Children’s Books and Outdoor Play

Autumn Children’s Books and Outdoor Play

More on Physical Activity with Diane Craft

More on Physical Activity with Diane Craft

Selecting, Installing, and Managing Plants

Selecting, Installing, and Managing Plants

Winter Play

Winter Play

Sand Play Areas: Design

Sand Play Areas: Design

Draining Wet, Muddy Areas

Draining Wet, Muddy Areas

Sensory Gardens

Sensory Gardens

Engaging Community Resources

Engaging Community Resources

Painting Tire Planters

Painting Tire Planters

Grass Mazes

Grass Mazes

Growing Edibles in Containers

Growing Edibles in Containers

Pathway Installation: Alternatives to concrete

Pathway Installation: Alternatives to concrete

Summer Play: Affordable Misting Station

Summer Play: Affordable Misting Station

Farm to Preschool

Farm to Preschool

Theme Gardens

Theme Gardens

Affordable Shade Options

Affordable Shade Options

Creating a Butterfly Garden

Creating a Butterfly Garden

Imprinting Concrete with Natural Objects

Imprinting Concrete with Natural Objects

Children’s Vegetable Gardens: Introduction

Children’s Vegetable Gardens: Introduction

Protecting New Plants

Protecting New Plants

Tools & Equipment for Outdoor Learning Environment Installation

Tools & Equipment for Outdoor Learning Environment Installation

Concrete Toadstools

Concrete Toadstools

Early Spring in the Garden

Early Spring in the Garden

Pressure Treated Wood

Pressure Treated Wood

Plant of the Month: March – Spring Starflower

Plant of the Month: March – Spring Starflower

Growing Gourds for Birdhouses

Growing Gourds for Birdhouses

Spring Outdoor Play: Making the Most of the Season

Spring Outdoor Play: Making the Most of the Season

Having a Picnic

Having a Picnic

Seating & Spaces Outdoors to Observe and Just Be

Seating & Spaces Outdoors to Observe and Just Be

Learning About Birds, Bugs, and other Critters

Learning About Birds, Bugs, and other Critters

Inclusion of Natural Elements in the Play Yard

Inclusion of Natural Elements in the Play Yard

Questions About Digging in the Dirt

Questions About Digging in the Dirt

Beyond the Jack O’ Lantern: Using Pumpkins to Support Learning

Beyond the Jack O’ Lantern: Using Pumpkins to Support Learning

Plant of the Month: July – Rabbiteye Blueberry

Plant of the Month: July – Rabbiteye Blueberry

Child Care OLE Regulation FAQ in North Carolina

Child Care OLE Regulation FAQ in North Carolina

Creating Wildlife Gardens

Creating Wildlife Gardens

Plant of the Month: August – Passionflower

Plant of the Month: August – Passionflower

Resources from Toxic Free NC

Resources from Toxic Free NC

Plant of the Month: September – American Sweetgum

Plant of the Month: September – American Sweetgum

PlayDaze for Engaging Outdoor Activity

PlayDaze for Engaging Outdoor Activity

Plant of the Month: April – Redbud

Plant of the Month: April – Redbud

Plant of the month:  March – Winter Jasmine

Plant of the month: March – Winter Jasmine

Plant of the Month: November – Indian Grass

Plant of the Month: November – Indian Grass

Trail Mix Activity Leaflet

Trail Mix Activity Leaflet