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Enroll now in fall sessions I and II. A few openings are still available in Culinary Foundations, Urban Explorers, and Environmental Teamwork & Wildlife Education.

Culinary Foundations

Develop professional culinary skills working with our chef in class and preparing food for a large event every Wednesday. Help grow our organic garden and learn about fresh ingredients.

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Urban Explorers

Learn about nature and culture, visit parks and museums, and develop job and life skills. Share your knowledge and express yourself through art, communication, and technology projects.

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Environmental Teamwork & Wildlife Education

Build work skills, healthy habits, and interpersonal skills, practice gardening and habitat restoration, and engage with wildlife.

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Highlights of the Week: August 29 – September 2

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Urban Explorers
  • The class worked together to draw up classroom rules for the session.
  • We talked about diversity and discrimination, and students shared things that make them unique.
  • Students did an art project about what makes them unique.
  • We learned about this history of agriculture and how production methods and the treatment of animals have changed over time

Culinary Foundations
  • The class started out the session with an overview of safety and sanitation, as well as cooking terminology.
  • We learned our first knife cut, called the batonnet, and to practice it we peeled and cut potatoes and made delicious french fries.
  • Students learned the julienne cut and practiced it on vegetables.
  • We made mango muffins from scratch, practicing measurement and being organized in the kitchen.

August 8-12 Highlights of the Week

  • The class discussed diversity, prejudice, discrimination, and hate speech.  Students did an activity to explore the meaning of privilege.
  • We played a game to review telling time on an analog clock.

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  • Students developed healthy menus for their food truck project.
  • In videography this week, students filmed the videoblogs they have been preparing.
  • Students practiced fine motor skills by modeling the steps involved in food production with paper chains.
  • Psychologist Janice Hynes worked with students on talking about emotions and expressing themselves through dance.

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July 25-29 Highlights of the Week

  • This week we learned about hunger and sustainability.  The class discussed hunger in the US and around the world, how food gets from a farm to the table, and why some foods come from other countries.
  • Students worked on their videoblogs and discussed health issues related to food and water.
  • Following up on last week’s class, some students brought in videos about bullying.  We talked about the line between bullying and standing up for yourself or your friends.
  • Students practiced counting money and making sure they have the correct change, building their own mini food trucks as a setting for this activity.
  • Our field trip this week was to the Miami Science Barge where we had a tour, looked for plankton under a microscope, and learned about aquaculture.

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July 18-22 Highlights of the week

  • We learned about the causes and effects of bullying and reflected on how our actions impact those around us.

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  • Program coordinator Fareena and her husband came in as guest speakers and led the class in a calming meditation.
  • Students planned a picnic to practice calculating the passage of time.
  • In the garden, we planted seeds including microgreens which will be ready in just a week.
  • We had a great field trip to Miami Culinary Institute!

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Last Week at Nature Links: July 11-15

This week the leeks in our garden are just about ready to harvest.  We discussed the importance of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, flies, and ants.
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In life skills students discussed exercising discretion, role playing different situations such as talking to a boss, coworker, teacher, or STS dispatcher.
We took a field trip to Robert Is Here, where students learned about where the fruits sold there come from and how they are grown.  We also tasted foods at the farmers’ market and visited the petting zoo.
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Last Week at Nature Links: July 5-8

In life skills this week we focused on communication and how to be considerate of others.  Students wrote nice things about their classmates and began a puppet activity to role play communication issues.
We also tended the garden and did a garden scavenger hunt for our field trip.  Students teamed up to document the types of butterflies they saw, herbs they found such as horse mint, lemon balm, and holy basil, and other features of the garden.
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Last Week at Nature Links: June 27 – July 1

This week we discussed food portion sizes and students did a hands-on activity measuring out what healthy portions of different food groups look like on a plate.
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In videography students learned about interviewing and practiced for their “future of food” video blogs.
On Tuesday at the garden, we worked on drawing out our home garden space and solarized the next plot area using recycled cardboard.
Our Friday field trip was to Empower Farms where students helped to create a windbreaking wall of pines and other plants such as pinecone ginger.  We also propogated sugar cane and discussed the environmental impacts of South Florida’s sugar industry.
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