Building a Culture of Environmental Stewardship on Campus

Last month, EarthGen collaborated with students and educators to organize four garden stewardship events at schools across the greater Seattle region. More than 40 community volunteers worked alongside students and teachers to build raised garden beds, remove invasive plants and introduce native plants, spread mulch, and pull weeds from rain gardens and outdoor classrooms.

Students gained a deeper appreciation for their campus’ outdoor spaces and learned how to take responsibility for their care. For many of the younger students, this was their first time learning about their school’s garden. As one kindergartner at Hilltop Elementary put it, “I used to think taking care of the Earth was boring, but this is awesome!” We couldn’t agree more.

Bethany Kogut helps a group of students identify weeds in the garden.
Bethany Kogut, EarthGen Program Coordinator, guides Hilltop Elementary students in identifying weeds and beneficial insects as they learn to steward their rain garden and outdoor classroom that EarthGen built in 2021.

Thank you to all the participating students and teachers at Denny International Middle School, Chinook Middle School, Sylvester Middle School, and Hilltop Elementary School for rolling up your sleeves to help transform their campus (click on the links above to view photos from each work party). We also extend our gratitude to the volunteers from Seattle Sounders FC, Abbott Construction, PEMCO Insurance, Meta, and Boeing for their support.