Environmental Education


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Through our environmental education programming for Lawrence youth, Groundwork Lawrence cultivates respect for the environment, social awareness and healthy behavior, preparing young people to be stewards of their local ecosystems and leaders in their community. Our school programming incorporates hands-on learning opportunities through schoolyard gardens, hydroponics and outdoor exploration to promote deep learning and to foster responsibility, civic engagement, and problem solving skills. Our education coordinators work with over 1,500 students ages 3-13 within the Lawrence Public Schools and over 250 additional students during our summer program. Our programs incorporate age appropriate learning activities that are aligned with the state standards with a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). 

Current Programs

We currently run enrichment programs in each of the following schools, teaching students envrionmental education and healthy eating habits. Take a look at pictures from this year's enrichment below!

  • Lawrence High School
  • Alexander Bruce School
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Guilmette Middle and Elementary School
  • Leahy Elementary School
  • John Breen School



Students learn how to make a healthy stir fry with fresh veggies and tofu

Guilmette Middle Schoolers learn how to plant veggies in the garden Students from Breen Kindergarten learn about observing flowers and plants at Costello Farm
A kindergartener learns how to harvest veggies at Costello Farm Students learn how to cut fruits and vegetables Lahey Elementary Students at the Boys and Girls Club learn about using fresh tasty veggies in their snacks


Past Programs


Tarbox Elementary School

Throughout the 2010-2011 school year, we programmed garden beds in the Cronin Community Garden with students from Tarbox's Girl Scout program and an after-school science club.


Arlington School

As part of a KABOOM! playground build in the spring 2011, we built garden beds at the Arlington school. We also installed additional raised garden beds with support from the New Balance Foundation.


Wetherbee Elementary School

We use garden beds at the Wetherbee Elementary School for education and enrichment programs.


Lawrence Family Development Charter School

We built garden beds at the Lawrence Family Development Charter School for education and enrichment programs.  

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Lawrence High School

We are opening and expanding Lawrence High School's garden on Earth Day, where our Green Team youth will help maintain crops and sell produce this summer at the Lawrence Farmer's Market and to the Lawrence Public School Food Service to include fresh, local produce in the Summer Meals program.