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 School Ground Greening & Design Consultants. 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 the School Ground Greening & Design Consultant assigned to your region or school board, district or division, who will work with you to support the design and implementation of your greening project.

Evergreen School Ground Greening & Design Consultants

See consultants in:

Durham Region

Margaret MacKenzie
Durham District School Board

Halton Region

Kim Napier
Halton District School Board

Nova Scotia

Rhea Mahar
Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development


Andrew Harvey
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est

Jeff Kaster
Ottawa-Carleton District School Board


Gail Bornstein
Toronto District School Board

Miriam Porter
Toronto District School Board

Jenn Vetter
Toronto District School Board

Karen Dobrucki
Toronto Catholic District School Board

Waterloo Region

Krista Long
Waterloo District School Board
Upper Grand District School Board*


Wendy Simonson
Pembina Trails School Division

Ian Taylor
Winnipeg School Division
Seven Oaks School Division

York Region

Gina Brouwer
York Catholic District School Board*
York Region District School Board*

* – Certain school boards have specific processes for arranging site visits. Please contact your school district facilities representative to learn your school district’s process, or contact Evergreen at

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