Growing Minds in Outdoor Classrooms
Through our Green Spots program, HAT works with schools to help them identify and implement opportunities to maintain, enhance, and expand natural areas at schools, and to include students in the process.
With the students, planning and planting a native species outdoor nature classroom on the school grounds.Every school is different, and so we work with school and district staff to make sure that school needs are met, and the environment is respected. Some examples of work we have done in the past include:
- Restoring natural areas on school grounds by removing invasive species and re-planting with native wildflowers
- Enhance habitat for bats, slugs, owls or amphibians to support Species of Concern with student-led monitoring
- Connecting teachers with trained volunteer naturalists who are keen to co-lead exploration field trips on and around the school grounds.
How can my school get involved?
1) The first step to getting your school involved in the Green Spots program is to talk with your school principal. If the principal supports exploring the idea further, contact us by filling out the form below.
2) Once we confirm interest, the next step will likely be a visit to assess opportunities on the school's grounds. After that, we will work with the school to identify goals, timelines, and identify other school or district staff that need to involved. Then, actions will depend on the plan we have collaboratively made - but we know that kids will be involved, and the environment will benefit!
Where can I see past gardens?
HAT has worked with KELSET Elementary, SJ Willis, Spencer Middle School, Landsdowne Middle School, South Park Elementary, and others. Access to project areas varies.
Thank you to our supporters and funders
These free programs are made possible thanks to funding from the Natural Sciences and Research Council of Canada, and by a Community Gaming Grant from the Province of BC.
To donate to the Green Spots program, click here.