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The City of Edmonton and the Public, Catholic, and French Schoolboards promote greening including the creation of outdoor classrooms and gardens. Naturescapes

Greening your school yard can be as small as installing a bird feeder or as large as a full outdoor classroom.

The benefits of greening your school yard

  • Green spaces provide meaningful ways to educate students about the natural environment while still meeting curriculum requirements.
  • Foster environmental awareness.
  • Build a sense of community and school spirit.
  • Contribute to the livable community.

If you are interested in greening your school yard, there are many resources available for your project. When thinking about your project there are a few things to consider including:

  1. Establishing support and capacity – Does the school board and community support the project? Who will manage the project, source funds, and care for the area?
  2. Working with your Community Recreation Coordinator (CRC) – your CRC will help submit your idea to the Citizen Services Department as part of the City’s "Change to Parkland" process.
  3. Funding requirements - once your project is approved, if needed, apply for funding. There are many grants and other resources available for community greening projects.

Before starting your school yard greening project, please contact your local Community Recreation Coordinator for more information.

Available Resources and Grants


Sustainable Food Edmonton

Urban Ag High

Communities in Bloom

Tree Canada

TD Green Streets

Root for Trees

Alberta Council for Environmental Education

Alberta Ecotrust

EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

Scotts Canada Grassroots Grants

Lowes Community Grants

For More Information

Online Contact 311 Online

In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555

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