Types of Green Projects
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Community School Parks - A Community School Park (CSP) is a school playground that is open to the public after regular school hours. A CSP is safe space within a neighborhood where residents can come together to be active as a community. A CSP increases the amount of green space available to the general public be making use of public school property during non-school hours. CSP's typically include a partnership agreement between LAUSD and an outside agency such as a city or non-profit organization that provides supervision, liability insurance and other resources that cannot be otherwise provided by LAUSD. There is usually physical delineation of the park from the rest of school so that there is access to the park without access to the rest of the school site. A CSP partner may be a school site group or club, such as a Parent-Teacher Association, that incorporates as a 501 (C) 3 non-profit.
Edible Gardens - An edible garden is space where students not only grow food for consumption, but also learn about the agricultural process, nutrition and culinary arts. Edible gardens vary in scope and size and can be as small as a planter box with herbs to an acre or more of land producing a variety of crops. Larger edible gardens are frequently utilized not only by the school site but also by the surrounding community.
Instructional Gardens - An instructional garden acts as a springboard for a wide range of lessons in science, mathematics, history-social science, English-language arts, visual and performing arts, and health. Using a school garden as an integrating context to learning creates the framework for interdisciplinary, collaborative, student-centered, experiential, and engaged learning. Instructional gardens vary in size and scope and may focus on a particular time period (colonial America), group of plants (native species), or to demonstrate an ecological phenomenon (storm water retention).
Literacy Gardens - A literacy garden is a green space on a school site where students are encouraged to engage in reading and writing activities. It may include benches, tables and chairs, green lawns, and shade trees. These gardens vary in scope and size.
Multi-functional Gardens - A multi-functional garden can take many forms. They can include combinations of many or all of the different types of gardens described above.