Planning & Design

Green school grounds are inspired by the natural world, incorporating elements such as trees, rocks and shade to create a diverse landscape for children to explore. When combined with movable features—or with something as simple as sticks and shovels—they can bring out a child’s inner builder, architect and adventurer.

If you would like to make your local school grounds greener, we can help with step-by-step guides, workshops and a national network of experts. Our design process begins at the community level, so the end result is meaningful and practical for those who use it most. We make sure that every project is sustainable, and will provide children with year-round opportunities for experimentation and creative play.

Ready to start?

1. Develop a school ground greening plan.

These publications will provide you with the tools you need to organize a successful school-ground greening project.

2. Put your plan into action.

Get in touch with one of our experts, who will work with you to support the design and implementation of your greening project.

Find an Evergreen Expert in Your Region

Vancouver

Caron Cheng
#90-425 Carrall St
Vancouver, BC  V6B 6E3
british.columbia@evergreen.ca

Winnipeg

Wendy Simonson
181 Henlow Bay
Winnipeg, MB  R3Y 1M7
winnipeg@evergreen.ca

Darcy Granove
Winnipeg School Division
Seven Oaks School Division
Winnipeg2@evergreen.ca

Waterloo

Krista Long
Waterloo District School Board
waterloo.region@evergreen.ca

Halton

Kim Napier
Halton District School Board
c/o Evergreen
550 Bayview Ave, Suite 300
Toronto, ON  M4W 3X8
HDSB@evergreen.ca

Toronto

Gail Bornstein
15 Oakburn Cres
Toronto District School Board
Toronto, ON  M2N 2T5
gail.bornstein@tdsb.on.ca

Karen Dobrucki
Toronto Catholic District School Board
c/o Evergreen, 550 Bayview Ave, Suite 300
Toronto, ON  M4W 3X8
TCDSB@evergreen.ca

Jenn Vetter
Toronto District School Board
15 Oakburn Cres
Toronto, ON  M2N 2T5
jenn.vetter@tdsb.on.ca

Durham Region

Margaret MacKenzie
Durham District School Board
1709 Hwy 7
Brougham, ON  L0H 1A0
DDSB@evergreen.ca

York Region

Gina Brouwer
York Catholic District School Board
c/o Evergreen
550 Bayview Ave, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
ycdsb@evergreen.ca

Ottawa

Andrew Harvey
Ottawa Catholic School Board
c/o Evergreen, 550 Bayview Ave, Suite 300
Toronto, ON  M4W 3X8
ocsb@evergreen.ca

Andrew Harvey
Conseiller en aménagement des cours d'école
c/o Evergreen
550 Bayview Ave, Suite 300
Toronto, ON M4W 3X8
cecce@evergreen.ca

Jeff Kaster
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
204–1105 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON  K1Y 4G5
ocdsb@evergreen.ca

Nova Scotia

Rhea Mahar
Nova Scotia Dept of Education and Early Childhood Development
c/o PO Box 481 CRO
Halifax, NS, B3J 2R7
nova.scotia@evergreen.ca

Not in one of the regions listed? Contact us for information about greening your school ground.