The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant

The Herb Society of America, as a recipient of a bequest from the estate of Donald Samull, has established herb garden grants for teachers in grades 3 through 6. Mr. Samull was an elementary school teacher who used his love of herbs in the classroom with his 3rd-6th grade students. These grants will ensure that his tradition of using herbs with students will continue for years to come.

Public and/or private 3rd through 6th grade teachers, with classes of a minimum of 15 students may apply for an herb garden grant.

The Herb Society of America will select ten (10) schools/classrooms to receive $200 “Seed Money” to establish an herb garden (indoor or outdoor). The funds may be used for supplies such as soil, plant trays, containers, child or youth sized tools, etc. The school may need to seek additional funding and support from other sources. The Herb Society of America will provide the educational materials and herb seeds.

For application visit The Donald Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grant.

International Year of Soils Resources


The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.  — Aldo Leopold

Check out these QUICK CLICKS from IYS organizers for more information:

The first-ever International Year of Soils, proclaimed by the United Nations, because soils are the basis for healthy food production. CLICK

Soil is a non-renewable resource; its preservation is essential for food security and a sustainable future. CLICK

Our soils are in danger throughout the world because of expanding cities, deforestation, unsustainable land use and management practices in intensive crop production, pollution, overgrazing and climate change. As long as soils are at risk, sustainable agriculture, food security and the provision of ecosystem services are compromised. CLICK

There can be no life without soil. CLICK

Soil is the most diverse habitat on earth and contains thousands of different organisms that interact and contribute to the global cycles that make all life possible. CLICK

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service supports International Year of Soils,offering new videos and other resources on various aspects of soil health. CLICK Find even more in its Unlock the Secrets of Soil campaign. CLICK

The Soil Science Society of America also supports International Year of Soils and has created materials for educators, researchers and other fun sites that follow a monthly theme in 2015.  CLICK

via International Year of Soils | Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

Pryor Mountains : Crow Sacred Lands on Vimeo

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via Pryor Mountains : Crow Sacred Lands on Vimeo.

Check out Healthy Meadows about raising goats in Southern Montana!

Entomologists in the Classroom! Cool K-3 Health Resource

Using Live Insects in Elementary Classrooms for Early Lessons in Life, funded by the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award, is a program dedicated to introducing health topics to children in kindergarten through third grade. The result is a printable collection of twenty integrated lessons with science and math activities that use live insects. These lessons are aligned with National Science Education StandardsNSES.

via Using Live Insects Home.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Will Be in Great Falls July 24-27

GREAT FALLS — “The Wall That Heals” is coming to Great Falls.The Montana Veterans Memorial Association is hosting the four-day exhibit at Elks Riverside Park.

It’s a miniaturized mobile version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

The project is designed to help military members and family members who were affected by the Vietnam War.

It took more than a year of planning to get it to come to Great Falls.

The wall will be open July 24th through the 27th.

There will also be an opening ceremony and memorial service at 6 p.m on July 24th.

via “The Wall That Heals” is coming to Great Falls |

Disabled American Veteran Van: Mobile Help for Veterans

MISSOULA – Veterans who feel confused about benefits and services they have earned had an opportunity to get some help from a nonprofit organization on Monday.

The Disabled American Veterans Mobile Service Office was at the Missoula VA clinic to provide veterans and their families free counseling and claim filing assistance.

DAV helps file claims for disability enrollment, education benefits – and all other VA benefits. There are 10 such trucks nationwide – including the one that covers Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana and Washington.

“We use this tool to be out in the communities to see veterans that can’t come to us. We have one office at Fort Harrison – that’s a long way to travel. So, it’s easier to bring the information and the benefits to them than it is to have them come to us,” DAV National Office Supervisor Kevin Grantier explained.

The DAV Mobile Service Office will be at the Kalispell VA clinic on Tuesday and then back in Missoula visiting the University of Montana on Wednesday.

via Disabled American Veteran van brings help to Missoula | | Kalispell, Montana.

Missoula Veterans Services Centralized

MISSOULA – Detachment, Isolation, feeling that nothing is important anymore; these are some of the symptoms that many veterans have when returning from combat. So what services are offered to local veterans?

The Missoula Vet Center in downtown Missoula offers many different types of counseling in order to get veterans to re-engage with their community.

It also helps veterans with obtaining VA medical care, job searching, and organizing their finances.

The outreach program specialist is an example to how treatment works. “A guy that’s in my position at the time from a vet center sent a letter to me said hey are you feeling all of those things, are you feeling detached, are you feeling all of those things, and I was, and with the help of my wife I was able to connect to a vet center and get some counseling. Kind of get back into society,” said Brian Becker, Vet Center Outreach Program Specialist.

via Numerous services for Missoula veterans centralized | | Missoula, Montana.