What We Do
Outdoor Garden Classroom Program
Green Our Planet launched its Outdoor Garden Classroom Program in Las Vegas, Nevada in January, 2013. The goal of the Outdoor Garden Classroom Program is to help public and private schools raise funding for and build outdoor vegetable gardens where students can be taught a variety of subjects, including STEAM, health, and nutrition. Green Our Planet’s “turn-key” Outdoor Garden Classroom Program is now the largest and one of the most comprehensive school garden programs offered in the United States. You can learn more details about it on our School Gardens page.
Green Our Planet launched Nevada’s 1st school hydroponics program in 2017. Currently, Green Our Planet is operating the program in 18 elementary schools in the Clark County School System in So. Nevada. Green Our Planet’s program includes delivering a mobile, vertical hydroponic system to each participating school that is easy to manage, understand, and use. Each system is 8’ long x 6‘ high and can grow on average up to 80 plants at a time, producing over 300 lbs of fruits and vegetables per year. Learn more about our Hydroponics Program.
Creating Green Schools and Communities
Since Green Our Planet is a nonprofit conservation organization that focuses on education, part of its mission is to help schools become as sustainable as possible. Green Our Planet actively helps enroll schools in CCSD’s recycling program, which both generates funds for the schools and teaches students about the importance of recycling. Green Our Planet also commonly removes water-intensive grass and replaces it with less-water-intensive garden beds with drip irrigation, saving schools on average 250,000 gallons of water per school per year. Replacing grass with vegetable beds and outdoor garden classrooms has resulted in saving the Clark County School District more than 22 million gallons of water a year. Schools where Green Our Planet works now commonly hold more than 200 farmers markets on campus per year, thus providing fresh, organic vegetables to many neighborhoods classified as “food deserts” and benefiting the local communities.
Annual School Garden Conference
Green Our Planet launched Nevada’s first school garden conference in Las Vegas in 2014. Prior to that, schools with gardens and garden programs commonly operated in a “silo,” with each school having little or no knowledge of what other schools were doing. The idea behind the school garden conference was simply to offer a venue where teachers with school gardens could share best practices and stories with other teachers. At the first conference, in 2014, about 80 teachers attended. Now in its 5th year, Green Our Planet’s School Garden Conference typically has more than 400 attendees. Find out more about the next school garden conference at SchoolGardenConference.org.
Student Farmers Markets/Giant Farmers Market
In May of 2017, four years after Green Our Planet helped the first school in Las Vegas organize a student-run farmers market (click here to see that first farmers market), Green Our Planet helped organize the largest, student-run market ever held in the United States, with more than 300 students from 30 K-12 schools participating. Since that first farmers market in 2014, Clark County Schools have held more than 500 farmers markets at their schools, as more and more schools have built gardens and launched school garden programs. Green Our Planet also wove the creation of farmers markets into its 5th grade curriculum, so that students could learn about how to create a business out of their school gardens. Due to the success of the first Giant Farmers Market, Green Our Planet now holds that event twice a year, with more than 400 students from 40+ schools participating. Green Our Planet—in partnership with the Bank of Nevada—simultaneously launched a green financial literacy program, which now has six local banks participating. The banks pair bankers with each farmers market team to help them launch their green businesses.
Green Our Planet currently trains CCSD teachers how to teach the 800 page, PreK-5 STEAM curriculum through 15-hour training sessions that take place 6 times each year. These trainings are approved by the Nevada Board of Education, and teachers earn 1 PDE credit or 5 CUs. During the 7.5 hour face-to-face session, teachers learn basic gardening tips and teachers get to explore, try out, and prepare to integrate the lessons created by Green our Planet aligned to Next Generation Science Standards to be used in their outdoor learning gardens. At the trainings, teachers also complete a project to benefit their outdoor classroom space and community and learn from experts on a variety of topics like composting, pollinator gardens, and more. View what a typical teacher training session is like.
In addition to the full-day of teacher training, Green Our Planet also offers 3-hour Garden 101 workshops in partnership with the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and held at multiple times during the year. Watch this video of a typical Garden 101 workshop. Green Our Planet also offers one-on-one teacher training sessions held at individual schools in their gardens and conducted by a Green Our Planet teacher trainer.