Core Values

Change it up.

In order to make a difference, we need to look at ways to do things differently.
Change is how we learn and grow. So we don’t stop with transforming the physical garden space, we transform schools with fresh new ways to teach and learn. We challenge volunteers to work outside their comfort zone, educators to teach outside the classroom, and children to make discoveries of their own.

Get your hands dirty.

The most REAL experiences engage your head, hands and heart.
We push students to think outside the classroom. We train teachers to step away from the textbook. And we ask our funders to give more than a donation. Parents, funding partners and community members build more than a garden when they volunteer: they build new skills, new relationships and a new awareness of their place in the community and the world. Working side by side in the soil is a great experience for everyone.

Keep it simple.

Simple solutions to complex problems are the most powerful ones.
We build learning gardens because nature is an effective teaching tool that’s right outside most schools. Kids are more engaged when they’re enjoying the simple pleasures of being outside, exploring the natural world. Teachers are busy, so we provide on the job training and make our lessons as easy as possible to adopt and implement with their class.

Make it last.

Everything we do, we do with an eye towards the future.
Building a garden is just the beginning. We then provide teachers with the training and support they need to use their new resource to its fullest potential. We build lasting relationships with our funding partners and school partners because we begin with a solid foundation based on shared goals and mutual respect. The students learning in our gardens gain skills, experiences and knowledge that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Do good business.

Good organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, are focused on creating value — for their customers, their shareholders, and the communities they serve.
We don’t work for our partners, our teachers, or even our students. We work with them. To achieve our mission, we honor and respect everyone’s contributions and goals. We are purposeful and passionate; we balance head and heart. It isn’t enough to do good. We do good business.

Out Teach, formerly REAL School Gardens, provides professional development for elementary school teachers. Out Teach prepares them to use school gardens, outdoor classrooms, and green schoolyards to improve instruction through three-dimensional project-based learning, and outdoor experiential inquiry-based education. Professional learning with Out Teach improves hands-on science and STEM education through instructional coaching and digital education resources and improves 21st Century skills.