Vitamix Recipes

Captain Planet Foundation is proud to have the Vitamix Foundation as a partner for Project Learning Garden, providing schools and youth serving centers with a Vitamix blender that can transform produce grown in the garden into tasty smoothies, soups, sauces – even ice cream! Check out this set of recipes prepared specifically for Project Learning … Read more

Growing Guide: Sweet Potatoes

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Chances are that you have probably accidentally started a sweet potato slip. Remember that forgotten potato you found at the bottom of the bowl that sprouted little leaves and roots? That potato was on its way to producing slips! Unlike most vegetables, sweet potatoes are not grown from seed. Sweet potatoes are grown from slips … Read more

Garden Basics: Weeds

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Tips on Weed ControlWe can all agree that weeds are certainly a nuisance, however there are a few things that can be done to control them so that you can enjoy your intended crop. One of the best ways to control weeds is to suppress them before they can even establish. This can be done … Read more

Garden Basics: Bugs

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Controlling/preventing insect pest in the gardenEven the most experienced growers have problems with insects in the garden. Bad bugs can be a chronic detrimental problem for the garden. Below, in no such order, are tips on controlling/preventing insect pest in the garden: Identification is key. Knowing what kind of insect you are dealing with can help … Read more



Registration is no longer required for ecoSTEM Kits. Downloads for kit QuickStart Guides are below. Captain Planet Foundation advances a vision of ecoSTEM™ as an integrated approach to exploring the natural world using technology and math, in order to gain deeper understanding of science concepts and solve problems through design thinking (engineering design challenges). When real world … Read more

Garden Basics: Watering your Garden

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Like all living beings, garden crops need water to thrive. Too much or too little water can be detrimental to your plants. Within this guide we will explore different ways to ensure your garden is properly watered. Seedlings:Plant seeds contain 2% of water before germination so they need to be thoroughly soaked after the initial … Read more

Phenomenon, Problem, Project-Based Learning

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P3BL: Phenomenon-, Problem- and Project-Based Learning Project-based learning improves educational outcomes by engaging students in extended projects that add value and relevance to learning. Students have “voice and choice” in designing and implementing projects that solve real-world problems. PBL is often confused with problem-based learning, which focuses on case studies and hypothetical situations. In recent … Read more

Garden Basics: Planting Seeds

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Planting seeds allow gardeners to get an early start on the planting season and test their skill at germination. Whether starting seeds indoors our outside, knowing how to connect seed with soil is essential in getting plants off to a good start. Timing: The time of year a plant flowers does not designate the time … Read more

CPF Teaching Approaches

very young children gardening

For almost 30 years, the Captain Planet Foundation™ has supported educators with grants, resources, tools, and models to spark children’s curiosity, cultivate a love of nature, and engage students in science and engineering practices to solve real-world problems. Our programs and materials have co-evolved with education priorities over the years to ensure educators have the … Read more

Garden Basics: USDA Hardiness Zone Map

USDA Zone map

The USDA Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 11 separate planting zones; each growing zone is 10°F warmer (or colder) in an average winter than the adjacent zone. If you see a hardiness zone in a gardening catalog or plant description, chances are it refers to this USDA map. What are Zone Maps?Gardeners need … Read more