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Our First Eagle’s Nest T-Shirt!

EXTRA! Extra ! Read all about it!

Produced by ELPIS , the T Shirts are here!

“The business of hope for youth

Elpis Enterprises (Elpis is Greek for Hope) is a Saint Paul-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides job training, work experience and job placement for homeless or precariously-housed young people ages 16-23. Through several social enterprises, youth build skills, build experience and build relationships in the community. Young people develop as individuals and potential employees by working in real enterprises gaining the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to overcome homelessness and become contributing members of our community.”

Shirt design by Caroline and Evelyn. Many thanks to ALL

students who submitted designs this year!

Here’s how Elpis made it:

Welcome to our Galaxy

Are you lost?

Here’s a Solar System Atlas

You are here:

Learn About Galaxies With

There are billions of Galaxies in the Universe. Some are very small with only a few million stars. While others could have as many as 400 billion stars, or even more. There are three kinds of Galaxies, Spiral, Elliptical, and Irregular. The only difference between the three is what shape they are.

The Local Group
There are billions of galaxies in our Universe. Most of these are clumped together in small groups. Our own galaxy which is called The Milky Way Galaxy lies within a group of galaxies that we call The Local Group.

The Local Group consists of about 30 galaxies. The three largest are The Andromeda Galaxy, The Milky Way Galaxy, and Triangulum.


A galaxy is a massive group of stars, star clusters, interstellar gas and dust, and dark matter which is all gravitationally bound together.


The Milky Way Isn’t Just A Candy Bar!

While there are, indeed, many truly astonishing facts about the night sky and its many celestial bodies, here are just a few to get you started:

1. The sun that brings us light and warmth, and makes life on earth possible, is just one member of the galaxy known as the Milky Way. In this galaxy, there are between 200-400 billion stars that are each as big as the sun or even bigger. The fact that there are so many larger and hotter stars in this immense galaxy is sure to astonish and amaze any curious little mind.

2. Not only is the Milky Way huge in and of itself, it is only one galaxy among tens of billions of other galaxies. Each of these immense galaxies contain billions of stars. What’s more, even though the Milky Way is quite huge, some of these other galaxies are even larger!

3. Even though the Milky Way is one of the smaller galaxies, it is still bigger than we can reasonably imagine. Let you kids know that if you had a really fast car that could travel at a speed of 5,000,800,000,000 miles in a year, it would still take a hundred thousand years to drive from one side of the Milky Way to the other.

4. The Milky Way is older than old! In fact, scientists believe that it is 14,000,000,000 (14 billion) years old.

How many planets are there in our SOLAR SYSTEM?

9? 8 ? Would you believe 13? or more…

Would you like to watch some videos now?


Would you like to BUILD YOUR OWN sOlAr sYStem?

Art Projects for kids: YOU CAN MAKE IT!


For Teachers ( Any adult):


Art Projects:


Any speaking of OLD, here’s a bonus activity for fossils:


Silent Auction!

The silent auction is this Saturday, March 5th!

It’s Winter in Paradise!

Would you like to own part or all of  a complete set of framed artwork by our very own Eagle’s Nest?

It’s 27 Views of Mount Fuji. Inspired by our study of Hokusai and his woodblock print  series, 36 views of Mt. Fuji!

27 Views of Eagle’s Nest


Inspired by Katsushika Hokusai,

“Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji”

(富嶽三十六景 Fugaku Sanjūrokkei)the-great-wave-off-kanagawa1.jpg

Tropical Rainforests

Tropical Rainforests are essential to every living thing on our planet. South America happens to have a rather large one. Have you heard of the Amazon Rainforest?

Here are resources for you to explore:


2. Kids Do Ecology

3.Kids Mongabay

4.Rainforest Alliannce:

And here are coloring sheets:

5. Science Kids

6. Kids geology


The Skin I Live In


As part of our Social Justice Curriculum, this week we have an art lesson on creating skin tones.

1. Children will use color mixing with watercolors to create their skin tone (and the skin tones of anyone they know). They will experiment and play until they get a color that is close to their own. They will also try to make a variety of skin tones of the human race:

2. Next, they will name their newly created color based on things they like in nature (ex: honey caramel, almond delight, mahogany)

In later assignments, they will trace their hand and color it to match their own. We will make a classroom display of “helping hands” as a symbol of teamwork and cooperation.

Later, we will do a variety of self-portraits. Crayola tempera paints in  a variety of skin tones are also available.


Other resources:

Books we will read:

Black is Brown is Tan

The Color of Us

The Skin You Live In