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.
In 2018, we updated our program model!
Originally, we worked with a transition partnership model that had us involved full-time in the first year of partnership and part-time in the second. During the third year and beyond, the schools independently used our award-winning curriculum and the garden beds we provided. This model allowed us to partner with two to three new schools per academic year at little additional programmatic cost.
Unfortunately, we found that schools in the independent phase of partnership were unable to make full use of their gardens, and the beds went largely under-used and poorly-tended.
In response, we adjusted our program model and, as of fall 2018, are proud to say that we have a permanent full-time presence in each of our partner schools.
Our new sustainable support model allows us to ensure that all of our students continue to benefit from our gardens year after year.
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 2019–2020 school year.