REAL School Gardens boosts academics with experiential outdoor lessons


Students served in 2017


12-15% increase in standardized test score pass rates


Increase in teacher effectiveness and job satisfaction


Volunteers helped build and maintain outdoor classrooms in 2017


Cities impacted by 2020.

*Reported by teachers and partner schools

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Who We Are

In the hands of a trained teacher, a school garden becomes a powerful instructional tool, a living laboratory where students are immersed in engaging experiential lessons in every subject.

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Our Partners RAVE about REAL School Gardens.

Every parent wants a child who’s engaged and excited at school, and every child deserves lessons that help them succeed in school and in life. We’re proud that REAL School Gardens helps to give our teachers the training and tools they need to achieve our goals.

Dr. Maxwell, Prince George's County Superintendent

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A student came up to me wide-eyed and excited and said, ‘I absolutely love science!’ It’s moments like those that I live for as a teacher. To be there when something clicks.

Elena Steven, 5th grade Science, Henderson Elementary

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The cross-curricular applications in the outdoor classroom are wonderful, especially in Math and Science. Taking lessons outdoors and weaving them together gives them all more meaning and impact.

Nina Lattimore, Principal, Capitol Heights Elementary School

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REAL School Gardens organized a fantastic event for our team to work alongside students and create an outdoor classroom that they can enjoy for years to come. Many of our Team Members commented that this was the best community service event we’ve ever done, and I wholeheartedly agree.

Chris Nassetta, President & CEO, Hilton

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When I have contact with the garden and get to have experiences, I learn better than when I just read about things.

Nicolas, 5th grade

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Teacher Tools & Training

Turn your outdoor space into a powerful instructional tool for experiential lessons. Teachers in partner districts receive effective one-on-one instructional coaching on lessons in every subject.

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