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2/22/14 Saturdays by the Bay

This past Saturday at Nature Links, we did a lot of linking to Nature! Here we are on the board walk in the native plant restoration area. Behind us are mangroves, which our student leaned about.

Many of these pictures are being taken by our students in the program. We are learning to take some great pictures, especially in our garden! Check out these sunflowers!

We had an art lesson with Lourdes Fuller and her 8th grade student Ale. This is an ongoing project, the images you see below are of the first step in the process which was aging the paper using tea bags and some acryllic paint.

2/8/14 Saturdays by the Bay

We began our Expressive Arts Session this past Saturday. We began the day with an extended meditation focusing on the principles of mindfulness and loving kindness. We then spent some time in our garden with some new volunteers and a new student! We are still working on story telling- having our participants document the day by taking photos of each other.

After working in the garden, we went back to the Concession stand to make lunch! We made healthy wraps using greens, turnips and tomatoes from our garden. Bean Salad, Avocado, tuna salad, cucombers, onions and carrots.

We had a fruit salad for desert with straberries, pears and bananas.

After lunch we had a an art lesson with local artist Bhakti Baxter ! The theme was Beach Sculpture (Sand Sculptures)

Thanks Bhakti!!!


Saturdays by the Bay 2/1/2014

We started the day of by practicing mindfulness with Lee Jacobs. He led us through a meditation that focused on thinkinh good things about ourselves and others. Next we went and worked in the garden. Students were using our new i-pad to photograph eachother working. See a few example below:

We made a healthy and simple lunch:


Egg Salad


a dozen eggs

sweet pickles



olive oil – about a tablespoon

mayonaise- 6 heaping table spoons

salt and pepper to taste


Quinoa with collards and spices from our garden.

quinoa in a box


collards a touch of olive oil

a few leaves of Cuban oregano


And a huge salad with a bunch of greens from our garden.

With a lime olive oil and sea salt dressing




Update: Saturdays by the Bay

We have had three sections of our current session: We have been having a great time on Virginia Key – We have been covering the basics of video documentation, getting ready to create some works of art.

Seth made this video of the garden himself.


Seth learning how to take video! from Jenna Balfe on Vimeo.


We also have been doing a good deal of gardening, cooking and grilling! This coming Saturday will be our last of this session, However the next session will begin soon – on February 8, 2014. Check out the subsequent blog post for updates on that!

Saturdays by the Bay 12/16

Last Saturday we spent the morning in the garden. We laid down hay in the walking paths, planted seedlings and did some weeding. We then watered the plants together. After lunch we went on a beach walk scavenge looking for materials for the art lesson. Lourdes Fuller an art teach with MDCPS came by this Saturday to teach us how to do Japanese fish printing. Everyone loved it and all were happy to tak their artwork home. The Virginia Key Beach Holiday fair was happening, so we spen the last hour at the fair, enjoying the festivities. We at Nature Links would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays! We look forward to seeing you next year.

Project SALT: Self Advocate Leadership Training

WHAT is Project SALT?

  • A free 8-week leadership training series for young adults with disabilities
  • Learn about disability awareness, your rights as a person with a disability, setting personal goals, discover your values, improve speaking skills, networking and much more

WHO can attend?

  • Individuals over age 22 who want learn leadership and self-advocacy skills and mentor others with disabilities


Classes will be held every Wednesday for 8-weeks
February 5, 12, 19, & 26, and
March 5, 12, 19, 26
from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm e
February 5, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

United Way Center
3250 Southwest Third Avenue

Contact Shelly Baer to fill out an application ( Please see attached documents)

Shelly Baer
Program Coordinator
University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine

Mailman Center for Child Development

Office: (305) 689-7058

Saturdays by the Bay 12/7

We had a very active time on Virginia Key this past Saturday. We started out by working in our garden. By this time our plants were ready to be harvested for the first time!

After the garden we returned to the concession stand to begin preparation for lunch. We are focusing on learning what goes into a healthy and delicious salad.

Students make their own lunch!

Mr. Jacobs planted sunflower seeds earlier in the week to demonstrate to students where fresh sprouts come from. We added them to our salad.

After lunch we went on a walk along the beach to scavenge for items to use in our art lesson. We found shells, sea grape leaves, sand dune oats, coconut husks, sticks, sponges etc. We made some beautiful rubbings!

We finished the day with a music lesson from Dennis Fuller, a local musician.