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Water Heroes Camps

We offer Water Heroes Camps for elementary and middle school-aged students. Contact us to do a camp at your school, or before or after school care program.

Get Involved

What are YOUR superpowers?

We’re all in this together, so let’s harness and share our superpowers to live our best lives—and plan for a brighter future. Together, we can move the world toward equity and sustainability.

Hanging out with friends

Social interaction. Remember that? We are seeking people to start discussion circles with their friends. Could you start a circle just by asking your inner circle some basic questions?

 

Being Active, especially outdoors

We always need help in the garden, planting, sowing, tending, and harvesting. No handy or willing soul will be turned away!

Visual

Are you good at art, photography, or design? We always need help in the social media department, photography of our events, website development and so on.

teaching / speaking

Would you like to give a workshop or teach a lesson out in nature? We are seeking additional volunteers to help us provide education on topics such as: no-till farming, pollinators, climate change, water and more.

Introspection, pondering big questions, writing

We’d love to hear your ideas and find ways to collaborate.

performance / music / theater / Gatherings

Do you need a spacious spot to teach yoga or tai chi? Otherwise this garden makes a nice outing for daycares and parent clubs. And it is large enough to host larger events and performances. It’s a community space, we want it to be used—and loved.

Another talent

Share your idea with us! We are nimble and open to innovation. We’d love to hear from you.

What we do

Education & Action

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Circles

The climate crisis is the elephant in the room no one wants to address. It can seem so overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. Plans don’t generally turn into action without a little discussion beforehand. Starting a circle is as simple as talking to your inner circle about climate change solutions. The future depends on us taking action. 

food Equity

Everyone needs—and deserves—healthy food and water. Join us at the Peace Community Garden to tend your own plot or help others with theirs. The garden spaces will be offered to members of Peace Lutheran Church and the surrounding community first. If space remains, garden areas will be available to the wider community.

Community Building in the Garden

Come have some fun in the community gathering space at the Peace Community Garden! We are planning on holding events, where people can still remain safely apart. If youare looking for a community gathering space where people can still remain safely apart, consider holding it in the community gathering area. Reservations are free.

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Workshops, Day-Camps, and info. sessions

This season we are planning to host our education sessions outside in the community garden. But we need teachers! Sign up to teach your own content in the Community Garden. We welcome community-building events, activities, and workshops in the garden. If you’d like, we can even help with the registration process, except for handling payments. are currently not equipped to collect fees.

THE FUTURE IS NOW.

We need to act boldly because if we don’t stop burning stuff (mostly fossil fuels) our planet is estimated to be 6.5 °F warmer by the time today’s babies turn eighty. The last time the planet experienced a 6.5 °F (3.6 °C) difference was the Ice Age. Mind-boggling. Terrifying. The great news is it’s not too late to build the future we want our kids to have. But we need to work together and implement changes this decade. Read on and please join us!

Teaching and Learning through Stories

We like to use stories (and even puppet shows!) to connect with our learners because stories are memorable, build familiarity, and allow learners to enter the story where they are, making them more open to learning. In addition, stories connect with many different ways of learning. Visual learners appreciate the mental pictures storytelling evokes. Auditory learners focus on the words and the storyteller’s voice. Kinesthetic learners remember the emotional connections and feelings from the story.

Learning Through Stories

Our Stories about Climate, Pollinators, Food, Gardening, & Water

All book proceeds go to funding our programs & activities

Our books are available for purchase wherever you like to buy books.

Climate: EJECTED—The story that solves the climate crisis

Average people who are responsible for excessive greenhouse gas emissions are ejected from the planet. In order to return to Earth, the “Ejected” need to unite to decrease emission levels so the world can support them once again. Will they manage to implement the solutions in time to return to their loved ones?

This entertaining book doubles as an educational manual on how to end the climate crisis-perfect for individuals and classroom teachers. Although a work of fiction, Ejected offers real climate solutions while also exploring other critical societal problems, like environmental racism.

WAter: Defenders of the future tackle today’s water troubles

This book doesn’t dance around real-world water challenges—instead, it faces them head on. Combining science and social studies, the defenders of the future characters interact with the talking water character. The story reveals how, even though humans are negatively impacting water, regular people can use their super strengths to turn these challenges around.

The story can be read aloud or performed as a skit. Since this story is filled with dense content and big issues, the author suggests following the book’s layout and reading only a few pages of the story at a time followed by the corresponding activities to help the students absorb the information before moving on to the next section or “mission.” A glossary and additional resources are included in the back of the book.

Healthy Food: Maxwell Snacks Well 

After Max learns the hard truth that eating junk food isn’t as fabulous as he envisions, he not only embraces healthy eating, he DEFENDS it! Ma takes the readers on an adventurous tour of the foods growing right in his yard and uses invisible force fields and ninja skills to protect his healthy harvests from attacking monsters and invaders. Along the way, he shares gardening knowledge he’s learned from his mom and the secret to protecting our food supply.

Pollinators: Mason Meets a Mason Bee  (+K-12 Educator’s Guide)

Mason, like many other kids, is afraid of bees. Find out how an encounter with a mason bee changes Mason’s life; Mason conquers his fear of bees and is empowered to be like a superhero to help protect the bees. This story teaches timely and important lessons about wild bees, habitat, pesticide use and native plants—heavy topics in a light and fun way. There are definitely big concepts and big words introduced in this little book. That’s exactly what makes the book work so well for a wide audience. Even though the book looks and reads like a picture book for early elementary students, the science and social concepts are big enough for adults to ponder. Mason Meets a Mason Bee is a handy educational tool for classroom settings as well as non-traditional learning environments-such as an afternoon with grandma! This book is meant to be read aloud and discussed with kids as it is read.

The Mason Meets a Mason Bee book is also available with a K-5 Educator’s Guide. Enjoy the additional resources at the end of the book to continue the learning.

Gardening: a lawn chair gardener’s guide to a balanced life and world 

After Max learns the hard truth that eating junk food isn’t as fabulous as he envisions, he not only embraces healthy eating, he DEFENDS it! Ma takes the readers on an adventurous tour of the foods growing right in his yard and uses invisible force fields and ninja skills to protect his healthy harvests from attacking monsters and invaders. Along the way, he shares gardening knowledge he’s learned from his mom and the secret to protecting our food supply.

Pollinators: Thank you, Bugs!

Even though some bugs are hairy and scary, this book teaches us that insects are important pollinators and help make the food we eat. Not only is Thank You, Bugs! fun to read, it is full of beautiful photographs featuring adorable children with expressive faces. This book is also great for teaching about feelings and facial expressions. It’s sure be a favorite in any family. The back matter gives additional educational resources for teachers and caregivers.

No one can do everything.
But everyone can do something.

Simple ways to make a dramatic difference

1. Get outside and enjoy the nature around you

The beauty around us still abounds. Look for it. Notice it. Teach your kids to connect with it. Walk. Ride your bike. Turn your community into a walkable “livable” community. We are fortunate to have natural resources to enjoy and protect. Let’s keep it that way.

2. Line Dry Clothes

In the U.S. that means you’ll likely reduce your home energy consumption by about 7%. Easy peasy.

The 9 Rs

4. Practice the R's in Order

Ask yourself how much is enough? What can you borrow, rent, buy second hand?  Reject single-serve packaging. Avoid plastic by using tablet toothpaste, bar soap/shampoo, powder laundry detergent in reusable containers. Demand retailers to do better with packaging.

5. Don’t waste food

A lot of energy was made to grow, process, ship, store, and cook your food. Don’t let all that energy and water go to waste! Plus, did you know that a family of four typically wastes $1,500 on food that is thrown away?

6. Compost

All organic material such as vegetable peels and yard waste contain valuable nutrients that should not be squandered.

7. Eat a plant-based diet/lower on the food chain

Today 60% of the world’s mammals are livestock (largely to feed humans), 36% of the world’s mammals are humans, which leaves only 4% of the world’s mammals to be wild mammals. (The Guardian, May 2018) These numbers reflect our land use and that much of the Earth has been cleared for urban people spaces or grazing areas for livestock to feed people. Wild spaces are diminishing rapidly.

8. Support Education for girls & women

Women—especially in developing countries—with educational opportunities tend to be more prosperous and have fewer children. Can you support educating women locally or internationally?

9. Grow (some of) your own food or buy from local farmers’ markets...

where the food hasn’t traveled more than 75 miles or so. If you’re not a gardener, plant apple trees, raspberry, and blueberry bushes instead of traditional landscape plants. If you don’t have a yard, support those markets and/or grow some greens in your windowsill.

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10. Support Electrification + Equitable transportation

Bike lanes, mass transit, ride-shares, car-sharing, electric vehicles, increased numbers of charging stations. There is a lot of work to be done in this area. Support politicians and policies that advance clean —and equitable—transportation.

11. Support Energy Conservation + Renewables

Smart building (i.e. passive houses) can eliminate about half of our home energy use. The other half can be supplied by renewables. Besides rooftop solar, there are many ways to support community solar and wind projects. Start by seeing what your energy company provides.

12. Plant native flowers

The flowers will support the bees that will pollinate your fruits and vegetable gardens. Visit https://bwsr.state.mn.us/lawns-legumes to find out about grants and BlueThumb.org for how-to information.