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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.

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

EcoCity Edmonton: Community Sustainability Grants

Communities in Bloom

Evergreen

Sustainable Food Edmonton

Tree Canada

TD Green Streets

Alberta Ecotrust

Scotts Canada Grassroots Grants

Lowes Community Grants

ConocoPhillips Canada’s School Environmental Quest

BP A+ for Energy

TD Friends of the Environment

EcoLeague Action Project Funding

Alberta Emerald Foundation Youth Environmental Engagement Grants

The Environmental Artworks Foundation of Alberta

Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Grants

Park People Grants

For More Information

311 Contact Centre

Online Contact 311 Online
Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email 311@edmonton.ca

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