School Grounds Greening - Our Projects

The School Grounds Greening project’s goal is to help make our schools one of the best places for our children to be in the city. Involving students from the beginning allows them to gain valuable hands-on experience with nature and enables them to take ownership in their school’s appearance. Ultimately, the vision of the School Grounds Greening project is to create thriving landscapes that both motivate and inspire - landscape that each school community will be proud of for years to come.

Watch a video about WPC’s work at Pittsburgh Crescent Early Childhood Center in Homewood.

Students mulch their gardens at Fulton ElementaryStudents students mulch at Fulton Elementary
Natural area and playspace at Peabody Early Childhood Center, July 2014
Natural play space at Peabody Early Childhood Center


The Green Profile is a fact sheet that highlights the projects WPC has completed at each of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. In total the School Grounds Greening project has planted over 700 large trees and more than 9,000 shrubs and perennials. In addition, the project has added 18 outdoor classrooms, six natural play spaces, five quiet reading and sitting areas, three food garden beds, a rain garden, a sensory garden and a butterfly garden. You can see each school where School Grounds Greening work has occurred on this map.  Below are links to profiles of each of our school projects:

Allderdice High School
Allegheny Traditional Academy
Arlington Primary
Arlington Intermediate (3-8)
Arsenal K-5 and 6-8
Banksville PreK-5
Beechwood PreK -5
Brashear High School
Brookline K-8
Carmalt PreK-8
Carrick High School
Classical 6-8
Colfax K-8

Crescent (ECC)
Dilworth PreK-5
Faison Primary
Faison 5-8
Fort Pitt PreK-5
Fulton PreK-5
Gifted Center
Grandview K-5
Greenfield K-8
King PreK-8
Langley High School
Liberty K-5
Lincoln Primary
Linden Academy K-5
Manchester Pre K-8
Mifflin PreK-8
Miller PreK-8
Minadeo PreK-5
Morrow PreK-8
Murray PreK-8
Obama 6-12
Peabody ECC
Perry High School

Phillips K-5
Pioneer School
Roosevelt Primary PreK-1
Roosevelt Intermediate 2-5
Schaeffer Primary K-3
Schiller Classical Academy 6-8
Science and Technology 6-12

South Brook 6-8
South Hills 6-8
Spring Hill K-5
Sterrett 6-8
Stevens K-5
Sunnyside K-8
Weil PreK-5
Westinghouse High School
West Liberty K-5
Westwood K-8
Whittier K-5

Weil School before implementation  Weil School after implementation
Weil Elementary before and after transformation

Students planting at Weil School

Students plant greenery the Weil Elementary

Share Your Story!
If you have photos or an experience with this project you’d like to share or if you would like to learn how to get involved, call 412-586-2390 or email

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