School Grounds Greening

The School Grounds Greening Project brings children closer to nature by enhancing the grounds of Pittsburgh Public Schools with plantings and outdoor green spaces.

A partnership of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the Grable Foundation and Pittsburgh Public Schools, this project brings sustainable greenery to 57 Pittsburgh Public Schools. The project has provided outdoor classrooms, natural play spaces and low-care plantings to provide shade, landscape accents and natural points of interest for children.

Natural Space at Fulton School

The School Grounds Greening project provides:

  • Site assessment, planning and custom designs tailored to each school’s location, population, and existing greenery;
  • Attractive, low-maintenance trees, shrubs and perennials;
  • Flexible green space for outdoor learning, play and reflection;
  • Hands-on planting experience for students, faculty and community members; and
  • Supplies, training and support to help school and community volunteers connect with each other to/work together to care for new plants.

The School Grounds Greening Project also supports existing school grounds projects such as Arbor Day and edible school yards.


To learn more about the School Grounds Greening project, follow the links below:

Research and Benefits

Our Projects

Get Involved


Planting at Carrick High School

Informational Links:
‘The Perennial’ Newsletter (Issue 8, December 2013)
School Grounds Greening Brochure
WPC Press Release (2/26/09)

For more information about the School Grounds Greening Project, call 412-586-2388 or email

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3)
of the Internal Revenue Code, and 100% of your donation is tax-deductable as allowed by law.