In 2018, the SUSTAINABILITY Solutions Festival will (Re)Imagine How We Connect through education, communication, innovation, transportation and recreation. Join Mona on her adventure and explore these intersections of connection. 

Meet Mona and follow along with her adventure, leading to the Sustainability Solutions Festival in February 2018! 

Start by sharing with Mona your recipe for a healthy dish between now and November 22 so she may choose it to be featured in the January issue of Bear Essential News! Plus, the featured winner of Mona's recipe contest will have the opportunity to watch their winning recipe demonstrated at the SUSTAINABILITY Solutions Festival in February, 2018! To enter, email your recipe to info@bearessentialnews.comalong with your name, school, and grade. You can also print out the entry form here  and mail it to us! 

Contest and Recipe instructions:

Make sure to list the serving size, amount for each ingredient and directions. Don't forget to include a title for your creation! Entries will be judged on creativity and how it helps you connect with your community. Try to include ingredients that could be found at your local farmers market. 

Open to students ages 6 - 15 and deadline to enter is November 22, 2017.


(1) Grand Prize: The winning recipe will be featured in the January issue of Bear Essential News and have their recipe created at the Sustainability Solutions Festival in February 2018!!

(2) & (3) Second & Third place recipes will receive a MINIATURE HERB GARDEN!

(4) Fourth Place: Fourth place recipe will win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Phoeniz Zoo. 

Three other entries will also receive $25 gift certificate to Bookman's Entertainment Exchange for their classroom. 



Entry Form below if having trouble with the file:

Other Resources and Ideas:

Try Mona's favorite 3 Sisters Soup Recipe

The video above, produced by Kristina Vicario, a student at the Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, takes us to Manzo Elementary School in Tucson and explores the positive lessons the students have learned from their ecology program that includes chickens, garden-to-classroom STEM education, and so much more. 

October 2017