Augmentation, Development and Implementation



We can assist with designing a tailor-made science curriculum for your  unique situation - unlike using a costly textbook which was most likely developed elsewhere by people who don't know your audience


Peter's Educational Vitae





Looking at Curriculum- using the Next Generation Science Standards


Peter has decades of experience writing and evaluating science and technology education curriculum at state and local levels and currently holds a lifetime teaching license


He is also trained in using Project WILD, Project Learning Tree and KEEP (Wisconsin's K-12 Energy Education Program)



Soil Science

Not confident about teaching soil science?

Invite Peter into your classroom as a guest teacher





Life and Environmental Science




Observing and recording seed development into a plant is really cool-

and an important lesson for understanding this miraculous life process



Seed Saving as a Classroom Activity



Saving a few seeds from your harvest to plant the following season personifies self reliance


One of the many incredible things about Nature is that there is only abundance

There's no such thing as debt or deficit when nature is allowed to be in balance



Seed Starting as a Classroom Activity



Building a seed starting rack and installing the full-spectrum grow lights




Mixing the soil and getting it into the pots




2" - 3.5" pots allow us to grow a little longer in case we have an uncooperative spring


We LOVE trying out new seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed company


Glass Gem popcorn is amazing



We will always do a seed germination test around February to make sure our saved seeds are viable


Using the creative, growing lunar energy, seeds are planted during a New/ Waxing Moon


We plant two to three seeds per cell


Now we wait...



Once the cotyledons and first true leaves emerge, we trim out weaker seedlings



We use organic, heirloom varieties as much as we can and give away what we can't use





Earth Science and Land Use



The more kids and adults are exposed to the ways we use our land, the better stewards and global citizens we become


We can help you develop - or teach - important lessons about earth science, maps and sustainable cities designed for people not automobiles


Peter has a comprehensive Land Use unit that is well suited for middle school to adults




*PhenoCulture Wisconsin, LLC not limited to earth and environmental science

Creatively integrating middle school science into other studies is another instructional passion




A huge part of creating global-minded citizens that have empathy, compassion and sense of belonging is to offer outreach programs that help connect our kids to our communities


Storm Drain Stencilling


Getting out on a Saturday morning to stencil a reminder that everything is connected


Storm drains too often empty directly into waterways which can be really tough on an aquatic ecosystem for several reasons


Besides the runoff from streets and parking lots containing harmful chemicals and waste, seemingly small rain events can disrupt the smallest organisms because of massive dumping of rainwater too quickly into our lakes and rivers


Keeping our wetlands intact is vital for flood control as well as habitat



Creating Eco-Friendly School Grounds


The following photos are from 1998 when we began the process of reclaiming the land across from the middle school

You can find more about RiverLab: Outdoor Education Area under the "Outdoor Education" page




Hundreds of box elders were removed from the area surrounding where the prairie was being installed and carried to the street



Here the embankment is being restored to a more natural state


Over decades of misuse, massive quantities of concrete were dumped along this slope 


We secured funding to have the area excavated


It was too expensive to remove the tens of tons of concrete offsite so it was buried under the grass and landscaped to a rolling terrain



Once the concrete and box elders were removed, native conifers and oaks diversified and stabilized the embankment



The city generously agreed to chip the box elders

Most of these wood chips were then used to create a trail through the wet forest area to the north of this site





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