Gardens change youth. Youth change the world.
By the age of 20, one in three elementary students will be overweight, and four in ten will have type II diabetes. We are changing that by growing food which makes nutrition fun and personal.
Outdoor, living laboratories and project-based learning bridge textbooks and the real world. Gardens can help youth who struggle with learning science to increase their test scores by up to 17%.
In a time when more students than ever feel disconnected from their school and community, gardens bring people together to make a difference and give space for exploration and play.
Partner with One Cool Earth
1. Choose what program tier is right for your school
A Garden Educator spends 10 hours per week dedicated to your school. They provide:
A Garden Educator spends 10 hours every other week dedicated to your school. They provide:
2. Pick your add-ons
If your school needs the garden infrastructure to host our program, we can customize a garden build that fits your space. Price is dependant on the size and extent of the garden build.
Family Cooking Night
OCE-led family cooking night including all ingredients, materials, recipes and instruction.
Additional Garden Workdays
2 hr OCE-led workday with outside volunteer recruitment and organization.
Grow, Cook, Eat After School Program
Up to 15 students can participate in this 1 hour, 3 week after school garden program.
Seasonal Farm Stand
This mini-market provides garden produce to families. Includes PTA coordination and marketing materials.
Green Team Trainings and Coordination
2 staff and student trainings per year plus 40 hrs of coordination/GE support.
School-Specific Teacher Training
1.5 hours of virtual, self directed information plus 1.5 hours of in-person, site specific sessions and Q+A.
Garden Lunch Club
Up to 15 students weekly enjoy the garden during their lunch recess while the educator facilitates activities.
School-Wide Waste Audit
GE leads a full-day waste audit, engaging each class for sorting plus an assembly/announcement to share data!
3. Consider Funding Options
Our Program is subsidized by grants and foundation funding, but some funding is needed from the School District, the School itself, or PTA/Os. All partner sites are charged both a School Program Fee and District Support Fee.
School Program Fees are different for our program tiers:
District Support Fees are different for the number of schools participating in the district:
4. Submit an Interest Form
How do I know what tier is right for my school?
If you need clarification on what tier is right for you, please reach out and we will help you make an informed decision.
What kind of curriculum is taught?
Our Earth Genius Curriculum is designed to support NGSS performance expectations and centered around three themes: Zero Waste, Water Wise, and Food Forest. What that means is your Educator will lead hands-on environmental and nutrition lessons and nature connection activities, all while meeting high academic standards.
What qualifications do your Garden Educators have?
All of our Garden Educators are Fingerprinted, trained in social-emotional learning, and complete a Mandated Reporting Training and Food Handlers training. Additionally, we only hire the most qualified Educators with experience working with kids and managing gardens. The have an in depth training at the start of the year, plus monthly follow-up trainings to reinforce expectations and deepen their expertise.
How will my teachers be supported?
Teachers have the opportunity to participate in Teacher Trainings, they are able to reach out to the Garden Educator any time, plus they have access to a huge database of lesson plans, video lessons, resource guides, and more on our website.
How does the program integrate into the school outside of the garden?
We believe that our program creates a culture of environmental literacy and stewardship at our partner schools, especially when there is the addition of a Green Team on campus and teachers are well trained on how to use our resources for their own lessons. The campus and its systems are a tool to address food, water, and waste as a whole community!
Are garden supplies covered in the price of the program?
Some supplies will be provided within the cost of the program to ensure beautiful and bountiful gardens, but we always encourage the PTA/Os to pitch in for extra projects that might be more costly like construction of a rain capture system or expansion of the garden. Depending on the size of the garden, we recommend the PTA/O gives $250 - $1000 for supplemental supplies.
What add-ons can I request at my school?
Glad you asked! We have many items that can be purchased as additional opportunities for your school. These include Family Cooking Nights, Waste Audits, Seasonal Farmers Markets and more. We also have extensive online resources that can be accessed for free.
What if my school or district can't cover certain costs? What other options are there?
Luckily, as a Non Profit Organization, we are able to help schools and districts take advantage of many grants and sponsorship opportunities that are available. We are happy to talk about funding opportunities that may support the sustainability of our partnership if need be.