Schools Gardens in Redmond

Help us raise $10,000 to support kids’ wellbeing through garden education.

The Environmental Center’s Garden for Every School program provides kids with garden-based learning opportunities, fresh fruit & vegetable tastings, and nutrition education. Garden activities and education provide a wide range of positive benefits for kids, communities and the environment. In fact, research indicates that integrating garden-based learning into schools generates many positive outcomes for students – including physical, intellectual, psychological and more.

Since its launch in 2017, our Garden for Every School program has successfully collaborated with schools, educators, volunteers, and youth programs across the region to connect kids with nature, ecosystems, and healthy food. We’ve helped to build and sustain learning gardens in partnership with community members in Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, and Harney counties.

In the coming year, we plan to expand our impact in Central Oregon by focusing significant resources and time in Redmond, where several community-led projects are already taking place. Over the last few years, we’ve provided grant funds to existing garden projects at StepUP, John Tuck Elementary, and REACH. Several Redmond educators also participate in our Garden Educator network to share resources and knowledge. 

Now, we have the opportunity to strengthen these relationships and better support Redmond students’ learning and well-being with more access to garden spaces and programs.