Links for Greener School Yards

Our goal is to engage learning communities and families; to share knowledge, skills, and create an inclusive community around shared gardens. This project promotes sustainability in schools by developing and maintaining green spaces such as food and vegetable gardens. This program is designed to educate and foster an appreciation among children of how food is grown, how to eat healthy and how to care for our natural environment. So far there are two established school gardens under this project, one at St. Christopher’s Catholic Elementary School and the very recently opened gardens at Lincoln Centennial Public School.

It entails getting the students, staff and parents involved in the regular maintenance and care of these green spaces, educating them about planting, composting and environmental preservation through activities. During the school year, teachers and students use the gardens to deliver hands-on lessons, while having fun and growing food. In the summer, families are welcomed to work with LGL staff to care for, harvest, and take home the bounty!  It’s an opportunity to develop leaders within their own school neighborhoods, and foster that inborn sense of wonder in children as they watch seeds transform into food.

Interested in starting a garden project at your school? Please contact us at

Waste Free Schools

This is a waste reduction program designed for elementary and secondary schools. The goals of this program are carefully aligned with the Ontario Waste Free Act which seeks to reduce the amount of waste being deposited in local landfills. This program offers practical workshops for students from JK to Grade 12, whole school campaigns and waste audits.

Benefits to the Schools

  • Implementation of a four stream waste system.
  • In-depth, highly structured workshops and educational activities tailored for each grade
  • Whole school campaigns
  • Waste audits.
  • Waste receptacles and signage installed in the schools.
  • Assistance in obtaining Eco School certification.
  • Development of an environmentally responsible school and a cleaner environment for students and staff.

Do you want to request workshops, school campaigns or a waste audit at your school/camp/location? Contact us today at

For more information about the schools’ programs please download our PDF package