Schoolyard Roots currently works in 12 elementary schools across Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. Each year we expand our program to 2-3 new K-5 schools. Tuscaloosa-area schools, read below to find out how to get our program at your school.
Not in Tuscaloosa? We still want to support you!
How it works
Schoolyard Roots partners with K-5 educators to bring learning to life in outdoor classrooms. We provide elementary schools with a teaching garden, garden materials, curriculum, and professional development for teachers. Lessons come directly from our standards-based Alabama School Gardens curriculum, and are hands-on and food-based.
During the first year, your school will have maximum on-site support from Schoolyard Roots instructors, who model garden classroom management and co-lead lessons with teachers. Over the course of the year, your teachers transition into leading lessons and coordinating garden maintenance.
Throughout the program, every K-5 student in your school gets to experience a lesson in the garden every other week. From Tuesday – Friday, Schoolyard Roots instructors will be at your school teaching alongside teachers during garden lessons. Teachers at your school will attend an initial Summer Institute training, and will receive three professional developments during the school year.
During the second year, your school will continue to have on-site support as your teachers lead garden lessons and maintain the garden on their own. Schoolyard Roots instructors are available to assist with lessons, as needed. Your teachers will undergo three professional developments through the year.
Year 3 & beyond
During the third year, your school will operate the garden independently, without on-site assistance. Schoolyard Roots educational staff will still be available to lead professional development, as requested. Even after you transition to operating your garden independently, Schoolyard Roots staff will keep providing curriculum support and trainings, as requested.
Want to learn more?
In order to join the Gardens 2 Schools program, your school must meet the following requirements:
How to Apply
We are now accepting program inquiries for the 2018–2019 school year.