Outdoor Learning Spaces


Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) is working to better expand support of outdoor learning spaces in Athens-Clarke County. KACCB oversees the gardening and outdoor classroom component of the Green School program. KACCB provides resources and support by assisting with maintenance, the loan of tools, planting assistance and materials, classroom visits, and communicating with teachers about outdoor classroom opportunities. 

ACC Environmental Education Events

Here are some annual EE events to watch for!
  • Aug 6 - Teacher Reuse Opening Event
  • Aug 7 - UOWN Quarterly Watershed Sampling
  • Sept 6 - Drought and Trees Water Smart Workshop
  • Sept 10 - Athens Water Festival
  • Sept 13 to 18 - Athens Agriculture Fair
  • Sept 17 - Insectival at State Botanical Garden
  • Sept 24 - Rivers Alive
  • End of Sept - Green School Registration Deadline
  • Oct 5 - Water Smart Rain Gardens
  • Oct 22 - Vulture Festival
  • Oct 22 - Tree Fair
  • Nov 15 America Recycles Day

Link to suggested plants for pollinators in the SE Region

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Connect to Protect School Gardens

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia can provide schools with packages of gorgeous native plants ready for installation in raised beds or pots. Seasonally available grasses and wildflowers are grown at the State Botanical Garden and will feed native pollinators while beautifying your Garden. These plants require full sun and well drained soil to thrive. Plan for your Garden to be situated in a sunny location. Send photos of your established Garden for to include in your interactive to Protect Garden map! Price ranges: Plugs $1.10 each; plants $5-7. Environmental educators will come to your school within 15 miles of Athens to help you and your students install a Connect to Protect planting of your choice and lead related hands-on activities. Programs cost $4/student. Plants and signs are free of cost while supplies last!

Email Cora Keber: ckeber@uga.edu or phone 706-542-6156

Outdoor Learning Spaces Inventory

Alps Barnett Shoals Barrow Chase Cleveland Fowler Gaines JJ Harris Oglethorpe Road Stroud Timothy Whit Davis Whitehead Winterville
Bog x x     x         x x                      x
Open Area x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
Outdoor Seating x x x x x x x x x          x x
Veggie Garden x x x x    x x x x x x x x x
Shelter x    x x                            x
Pollinator Garden    x x x x x x x x x x       x
Composting    x x x    x x x x x    x    x
Prairie    x                x x       x      
Native Plants    x    x       x                   x  
Nature Trail          x             x            
Water Feature        x                                    
Farm Animals                                       
 Forest    x    x             x       x      
Orchard          x             x               
 Water for Wildlife           x        x                  
Wildlife Feeding                x x             x      
Greenhouse                      x