• Earth Club T-Shirts

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 1/14/2021 12:00:00 PM

    So excited about the possibility of Earth Club T-shirts!Design

    Students submitted their designs to be voted on. Stay tuned for the final product!

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  • Happy New Year!!

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 1/14/2021 12:00:00 PM

    Wow. What a year.

    I am so thankful that, despite the circumstances, I had such a lovely group of Middle School students committed to Earth Club. We spent most of December making homemade ceramic pieces to give to our loved ones over the holidays. I'm particularly proud of these little rabbit magnets, pictured below, in honor of our mascot Dandy, the best little classroom pet a teacher could ask for! Thanks to her mama, Cale D, for sharing her with us. (We miss you!!!) Cale also picked out this rabbit stamp and the glaze, which is appropriately called Dandelion.

    Looking ahead to more community partnerships, connecting with nature, and sustainable art projects with this AWESOME crew.


    Crew Dandy  

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  • Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 11/11/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you to the wonderful folks who were able to donate some feed bags for our reusable sandwich and snack bag project. 

    I am super excited about the prospect of using these for myself and gifting them to friends and family!

    Here's our own Rachel D. showing the process of making the bags and some finished products:

    rd2 RD3 RD1 bags


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  • Bulletin Board

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 11/9/2020 8:00:00 AM

    It was nice to get back into the HROA building and start putting together a bulletin board to share our Recycled Self-Portraits and Poems.

    If you haven't turned yours in yet, please do so, it brings joy to the space :)Earth Club

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  • PROJECTS!!!!

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 11/2/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Well, I probably went a liiiiiiitle overboard last week in my enthusiasm to be HANDS-ON, but i couldn't help it, it's so FUN!

    We started to make recycled/repurposed self-portraits using as few "new" resources as possible and then accompanying the portrait with a "Where I am From" poem. *I'm still working on mine (school is priority!)

    I'm very much looking forward to having these portraits and poems on my bulletin board. 

    We also learned how to make some tin can lanterns and reusable sandwich bags. Potential gifts to loved ones??

    This week we are going to sloooow down a bit and dive into the art of ceramics.

    Looking forward to Wednesday!


    Repurposed self-portrait by Rachel D.


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  • Planting with PURPOSE

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 10/21/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Friends, it is BEAUTIFUL outside.

    This week we are embracing our inner Lupine Lady, the beloved Ms. Rumphius, and planting flower bulbs. If you haven't picked up your bulbs at HROA, please do so!

    Flower bulbs are special: you put them in the ground, forget about them, and then are pleasantly surprised when you witness their colors come alive in the spring. I love the duality of nature's purpose-- so simple and complex at the same time. 

    I encourage you to plant some bulbs for yourself, but also plant some in a place that might delight a stranger. 

    Maybe near a sidewalk or along a city trail. 

    The bulbs include: Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, and Grape Hyacinth.

    Larger bulbs should be planted 6 inches deep and smaller bulbs planted 3 inches deep. Cover with soil, generously water it one time, then wait.

    If you want to revisit the slideshow from our Google Meet, you can do so HERE. It has a few slides that will help you reflect on your own purpose as well. 

    Thank you for SHOWING UP and being present. 

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  • Finding Rhythm in Nature

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 10/14/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Hello Earth Friends!

    My heart is full.

    Amazing to see everyone in our Google Meets today. I am attaching the slide show HERE to check out if you missed it or want to review.

    As a warm-up, we explored the RHYTHM of Paul Simon's Graceland concert in Africa. Students noticed patterns in the landscape, music, clothing, dancing, etc. noting a feeling of energy and vibrancy-- similar to the changing of the seasons right now.

    We explored the power of sit spots in understanding nature's rhythms, and then practiced some techniques to capture what we observe through: 

    -Blind contour drawings

    -Gesture drawings

    -Detailed diagrammatic drawings

    **This week I challenge you to find a sit spot (outside or by a window) and be still for 5-10 minutes. If you are so inclined, record your observations (USE ALL OF YOUR SENSES) in your nature journal including date, time, and place. Then SHARE your observations with Ms. Lyon.

    Happy Exploring!!








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  • First Earth Club Meeting!!!

    Posted by Sarah Lyon on 10/7/2020 11:00:00 AM

    First of all, I'm so excited to be working with such a wonderful group of middle school students, starting HROA's first Earth Club.

    What is Earth Club?

    Our club will focus on appreciating the natural world,  environmental stewardship/advocacy, and community building.

    We plan on connecting with a local agency that can help us identify and take action on an environmental issue Hood River faces.

    We also plan to meet weekly on Wednesdays at 11am through Google Meets to do smaller Earth Friendly projects and activities that support our mission. If you can't make the meeting, no worries! I will be posting all the information on this blog.

    This week we introduced ourselves and shared:

    1. Our First Nature Memory

    2. Why we signed up for Earth Club

    3. What we hope to gain from this experience together.

    If you missed the meeting and you still want to be a part of the group, please email me your responses to those three questions. sarah.lyon@hoodriver.k12.or.us

    Next week we will focus on Nature Journaling and ways to connect with this season. I will have sketchbooks and colored pencils available for pick-up at HROA starting on Monday, 10/12 at noon. Please email me if you plan on picking up supplies so I can be sure there is enough set out. 

    John Muir

    "In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks" -John Muir

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