Casey Elementary School's Fittest Family Contest is a ‘Plug and Play’ model that can be used at any school or organization. To learn more about this program and see if it's right for your school!

Bryker Woods Elementary School PTA's "Go Green" page engages families and tracks progress!

Graham Elementary School gardens are a great example of engaging the community in vegetable gardening.

Cunningham Elementary School and the PTA joined forces to build a school AND community garden.  PEAS (Partners for Education, Agriculture and Sustainability) Farm is another great example of engaging the community in vegetable gardening.

Laurel Mountain Elementary School has a Wildlife Preserve!


Austin EcoNetwork and their EcoCalendar. It has lots of volunteer and educational opportunities, green events, jobs and much more. You can subscribe to the free Austin EcoNewsletter which is published Mondays and Thursdays at

Austin School Garden Network is your one-stop shop for all things school garden! Stay tuned for their next annual conference!  Click here to learn more.

Clean Creek Campus Program
Keep Austin Beautiful and the City's Watershed Protection Department leads hands-on science based activities that gear up for completing a service project on a campus (or off). Through the Clean Creek Campus program KAB assists schools (grades 3rd – 12th) with the below activities that lead up to the specified service project.
  • Campus or Creek Cleanup: Impact of Litter, and Watersheds/Water Quality
  • Native Garden Installation: Green Gardening, Soils, Native Plants
  • Organic Vegetable Garden Installation/Maintenance: Green Gardening, Soils, Plants
  • Recycling Campaign: Recycling, and Landfills
  • Compost Installation: Vermi-composting, and Green Gardening
  • Park/Creek Restoration Project: Impact of Litter, Watersheds, Native Plants
  • Environmental Fair: Presentations are dependent on those topics that will be featured at the fair. Note that KAB provides presentations and activity kits along with guidance to organize and coordinate the fair but that this is a student-led project. This does not entail KAB or other organizations coming out to lead activities for the fair.
Clean Creek Campus also provides cleanup supplies, seed donations, plants, soil, cardboard recycling bins, storm drain marking kits, and tools to assist schools in completing the service project. Schools who participate in two activities and complete a service project also receive a Clean Creek Campus banner to recognize their efforts to protect Austin’s Environment. All lessons and supplies are provided FREE to participating schools.
KAB is currently scheduling for the spring (Jan – May) so sign up now. For questions or to schedule please email Monica at or click here to complete the online registration form.

At a time when the world is increasingly disconnected from nature, Camp Fire USA brings children and their families closer to nature through Traditional scouting clubs for boys and girls, Camp Fire Kids Unplugged family nature clubs, Afterschool clubs, Teens in Action clubs and Outdoor clubs. The Balcones Council is one of nearly 100 Camp Fire USA councils throughout the nation, and has been providing quality outdoor programs for children and their families in ten central Texas counties since 1966.
For more information on Camp Fire USA Balcones Council or to get involved as a family member, donor or volunteer, visit  or call 512-349-2111.

Commute Solutions
It’s never too early to pick up good commuting habits. The CAMPO Commute Solutions program is a regional program that promotes transportation alternatives, such as carpools, vanpools, mass transit, bicycling and walking. This program also provides information on work schedule options like flextime, compressed work weeks and teleworking. For parents and students, we encourage Schoolpools, the Walking School Bus and Bicycle Trains to help keep the air clean near and around our schools.

The CAMPO Commute Solutions program serves Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. For more information on commuter resources and to explore your options, please visit Commute Solutions.

Discover Green
Are you planing a school yard habitat or a community garden?  Discover
Green's - MY Little Tool Shack is a tool lending program that focuses on
tools for children and youth.  Specializing in equipment for children 4-9
including shovels, gloves, trash grabbers and weed wrenches.  Although the
tool shack is not the first tool shack in Travis County - it is the only one
that is targeting children and youth. 

EcoRise Youth Innovations aims to empower a new generation of green leaders to propel their schools and communities towards an environmentally sustainable future for all. We believe that the youth of today are powerful agents of change and innovation, leading the movement towards a healthy, ecologically-balanced future.
With an emphasis on leadership, innovation and sustainability, we offer an environmental education program designed to cultivate a new generation of global citizens who are capable of solving tomorrow's challenges.
EcoRise Youth Innovations partners with high school teachers to infuse sustainability education into the daytime curriculum of the school, aligning our lessons to support academic subjects such as science & technology. With an emphasis on green design innovation, our program introduces students to current problems and solutions surrounding water, energy, transportation, food, public spaces, air quality, and waste. 

Green Ribbon Schools (GRS) is an online award program that recognizes schools participating in activities that promote and encourage a healthy and environmentally friendly learning environment. These activities must fall under the 4 Cornerstones of a Green Ribbon School (Eco-Campus, Health & Fitness, Nature Adventure, Natural Classrooms). By participating in these activities a school is providing a healthier, happier and smarter campus for students, teachers and the community. Learn more...

Green School Solutions is a site developed by Texas Disposal Systems, which is contracted by AISD to collect compostables (at the elementary school level only), single stream recyclables (at all schools), and landfill waste (at all schools). Learn how many pounds of compostables and/or recyclables TDS collects from ANY school each month! Also includes kid-friendly information about the process of composting and recycling! Learn more...

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