Creating an interactive, educational landscape engages youths’ curiosity and gives parents, teachers, and staff the opportunity to take part in learning, too. The planning and maintenance of school gardens and trees is undertaken by the school community, with opportunities for students to make their own contributions, and with help from Tree Canada experts.

Greening your school grounds is a positive step towards creating a healthier school environment. It creates:

  • A forum for science education and an understanding of the role of trees in climate change.
  • Shade protection from harmful UVB rays.
  • An opportunity for education on wildlife habitat conservation.
  • A sense of community ownership and belonging.
  • An aesthetically pleasing and creative environment for children to play in.
  • Direct interaction with the natural world.

Research has indicated that interactive natural environments reduce violent behaviour on school grounds and provide positive social experiences for students. It’s all the more reason to green your school grounds, leaving your school with a healthy environment that will benefit generations to come. Our partners agree:

"The involvement of students, teachers, parents, neighbours and community sponsors has heightened the idea of community ownership of our school grounds." Parent, School Greening Committee

"Our world is urbanizing with astonishing rapidity. The opportunities for our children to know the living and physical environment of the out-of-doors is diminishing." - Dr. Bert Brink, Naturalist

"Greening Canada's School Grounds not only provides teachers and students with a meaningful and healthy opportunity for learning but a long term legacy of stewardship and sense of community." - Wild Education Coordinator, Ministry of Environment, B.C.