Get Inspired
How to Grow a Forest in Your Backyard
Day 12: Get energized with the Earth. Chicago's unique urban greenspaces offer places for play, cultural expression, and community togetherness. Today, we're inviting your family to think about the ways we benefit from being outdoors. Check out this TED talk about how Shubhendu Sharma has revolutionized the creation of forests around the world.

How can we make our world a little more green? Shubhendu Sharma grows ultra-dense, biodiverse mini-forests of native species in urban areas. By the production method of a car company, Shubhendu was able to engineer soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart natural growth processes. Learn about his tiny forest revolution and how you can get in on this tiny jungle party.
Let's Talk
After watching Shubhendu Sharma's TED Talk, use the questions below to kick-start a great conversation with your family:

  • Did you learn anything new about forest growth? What stood out to you?

  • Are there any outdoor spaces in the city that are important to you? What makes them so special?

  • Why is it important from humans and nature to stay connected? How do humans and the environment benefit from each other?

  • Bonus! Take care of the environment from your home. Can you brainstorm any ways to go green while indoors?

Do Something
Get Some Fresh Air!
Have you been getting enough fresh air lately? Getting outside can help improve out mental and physical well being. While we must all practice social distancing at this time, make sure to spend a few moments each day on your stoop, porch, or balcony to soak in some good energy from outside.

At the start of every environmental project, Honeycomb volunteers take a few moments to be still in our urban environment and. While you're outside, pause for a moment and observe. Set a timer and take 10 minutes to quietly reflect on your surroundings. Listen carefully and write down every sound you hear. Take a deep breathe - what do you smell? What do you feel?

After 10 minutes pass, take another 5 minutes to look over your list. What do all those sounds, smells, and feelings mean to you? Our city is a place where nature and humans collide. What can you learn from a moment of stillness in the city?

Honeycomb in the news! Don't forget to email pictures or videos of yesterday's window artwork to Sydney by 4pm today! Your creations might be featured on Fox32 Chicago this Wednesday at 9:30 am. We're excited to see what you come up with!

Doing good and looking great! Did you know that 37% of Honeycomb kids donate goods and 18% donate money to our partner organizations? When you buy a Honeycomb tee or donate, you ensure these young changemakers can make a meaningful impact in their communities. Shop now!
Community Connections
Chicago Wilderness Watch
Stewardship work can be done at home! Have you ever wondered what creatures are roaming around Chicago's parks and natural areas? Participate in a citizen science initiative with Chicago Wildlife Watch . Right from home, you can monitor Chicago's hidden nature cameras and help to identify the wildlife captured in motion censored images.

Our friends at the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Adler Planetarium , put together this collaborative stewardship project. By helping to identify the animals captured in their photos, you play a critical role in helping researchers understand how wildlife live in cities and how people can conserve and coexist with wildlife in urban environments around the world.
Chef Du Jour
Project Leader, Mady, absolutely loves hearty, homemade soup! Her personal favorite is this tomato soup. It reminds her when her dad used to make grilled cheese and tomato soup for her and her brother when they were little. The charred peppers and roasted tomatoes in this recipe give the soup a smokey kick!

You may recognize Mady from joining her at our bi-monthly project, Bring Comfort with Cookies! Mady finds it rewarding to see Honeycomb kids develop leadership skills and commit to community service. When she's not studying, you can find Mady making vegan Pinterest recipes, cozying up with a good book, and searching for new music.
Stay connected to our Honeycomb community through our  Hive Matters Community Page  on Facebook - a collaborative forum for all Honeycomb's volunteers and local partners to share ideas, connect, and inspire service both at home and out in Chicago's communities.
Funders & Supporters
The Honeycomb Project engages, mobilizes and inspires kids and their families to build strong and vibrant communities for all Chicagoans. Since 2011, more than 22,000 volunteers have participated in Honeycomb programs benefitting 45 local organizations.