Celebrate Green Apple

Dig Into Schoolyard Gardens Planting Week 2017

Minnesota Schoolyard Garden Planting Week returns this year from May 22–26, Governor Dayton has proclaimed. The week presents an opportunity to celebrate and support schoolyard gardens in Minnesota for the second year in a row, as announced at the recent Schoolyard Gardens Conference.

Read Governor Dayton’s 2017 Schoolyard Garden Planting Week Proclamation!

USGBC/MN Green Schools Coalition is digging in, let us help you with your garden project:

  1. Set your garden project date and register it as a Green Apple Day of Service* – It takes 2-minutes to complete. Listing each activity as a Green Apple Day of Service allows us to source support and track projects, impact, and need. Once you’ve registered your project feel free to take advantage of the resources available.
  2. Contact Steph Leonard, sleonard@usgbc.org, to tell us what you need and to take advantage of resources we have so far: compost – The Mulch Store, organic fertilizer – JavaCycle, volunteers, promotion!
  3. Dig in!

Want to get involved as a volunteer or sponsor? Individuals and teams encouraged, sponsorship opportunities available, and expertise welcome! Contact Steph Leonard today.

We celebrated Planting Week at our flagship Green Apple project the new Outdoor Classroom at Washburn Elementary School. With a lot of help from our partners: Kraus Anderson, Maertens Brenny, Veit, Structures, Inc., Cemstone, The Mulch Store and the school community, including parent Nathalie Shanstrom from Pasque Ecological Consulting & Design, the PTO, teachers, and the STUDENTS the outdoor classroom came together to provide: gardens and gathering space accessible to all students. What a great day we had celebrating with Superintendent Fujitake, Mayor Winstead and the amazing staff, students, and parents from Washburn that dreamed of this outdoor classroom and made it happen! Planting Week celebrated nearly 1800 people digging in to help schoolyard gardens at 26 different project sites! AWESOME! Check out photos from our celebration and other great planting events:

Planting Week 2017

Schoolyard gardens: teachers, schools, and community members growing environmental stewards by providing outdoor, hands-on learning experiences. Thanks to these awesome leaders for registering their 2017 planting project! We’re getting started earlier next year to help bring you more resources. Watch for announcements about 2018 Planting Week in early Fall of 2017.

Anthony Middle School, Minneapolis
Belwin Outdoor Science, Afton
Bluff Creek Elementary, Chanhassen
Bridges Elementary, Mankato
Columbia Heights Public Schools
Como Park High, St. Paul
Crossroads School and Vocational Center, St. Francis
Eagle Lake Elementary, Mankato
Eden Prairie Public Schools
Franklin Elementary, Mankato
Hoover Elementary, Mankato
Kennedy Elementary, Mankato
Lake Park Audubon, Audubon
Marion W. Savage Elementary, Savage
Murray Middle School, St. Paul
North Branch Area Middle, North Branch
Prairie Winds Middle, Mankato
River’s Edge Academy, St. Paul
Roosevelt Elementary, Mankato
Rosa Parks Elementary, Mankato
School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley
South High School, Minneapolis
SouthWest Metro, Chaska
Oak Park Elementary, Stillwater
Washburn Elementary, Bloomington
VanDyke Elementary, Coleraine

Looking for more gardening resources check-out:

Green Apple Day of Service gives youth, parents, teachers, school staff, companies, and organizations the opportunity to help transform all our schools into healthy, safe, cost-efficient and productive learning places through community-based service projects in stewardship to the earth. As an initiative of the Center for Green Schools, Green Apple projects get shared on a larger scale – allowing for more impact. Although the official Green Apple Day is in September, MN Green Schools Coalition promotes and highlights Green Apple projects all year.

*Please note the Green Apple Day of Service is currently under construction and a splash page only. We have created this survey, as a work around in the meantime. Thank you for your understanding.

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