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April 17, 2020

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Spring is here, birds are becoming more active. Looking and listening to birds is something most of us can do, from a porch, city street, back yard, or window.

This is my friends’ son, quietly sitting by a window in their home, eating toast and watching the crows in the...

January 16, 2020

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This week, Lauren Evans from The Monarch Studio dropped off a mud kitchen for the preschool groups that have been visiting this winter to use. Lauren has been designing mud kitchens and sensory bins for several years now. She also runs arts classes for kids using her b...

December 12, 2019

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In early November we spent time at the Growing Center harvesting all the still-producing tomatoes and herbs that wouldn’t survive the frost that was on the way. We raked leaves, cleaned the raised bed, coiled up the hoses, and put them out of the way for the winter.

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November 11, 2019

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This week we visited the Somerville Family Closet. As part of our grant at the Growing Center to support outdoor/nature play all year long in the city, we are starting a gear closet to help remove barriers to outdoor play.

Francia Reyes, the coordinator of the Closet co...

September 18, 2019

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After the center officially re-opened in late June, we were once again able to host our two ongoing free weekly playgroups (still ongoing this fall on Tuesdays at 3:30 pm and Friday at 9:30 am) and host the Allen Street Head Start Preschool on Friday afternoons.

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Somerville Family Learning Collaborative Brings Storytime to the Garden

July 23, 2020

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