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Greening Schools For a Cooler Planet!
Kids planting trees

Agribusiness students and teachers from Plantation High School and Western High School creating Native Plant Parks at our the middle schools.

As part of the Partnership between the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and the School Board of Broward County, Native Plant Parks have been installed by Agribusiness students from Western, Plantation and South Plantation High Schools at middle schools throughout the county. These Native Plant Parks are not only attractive additions to the campuses, but they are also providing educational and environmental benefits by servings as outdoor classrooms and schoolyard wildlife habitats, reducing soil erosion, improving water quality, and reducing “greenhouse” gases by sequestering carbon. Since South Florida is particularly vulnerable to climate change and sea-level rise due to our coastal location, low elevation and flat topography, planting trees is a simple step we can take to help reduce the effects of climate change. Trees and plants absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and store it in their trunks, branches, foliage, roots and in the soil.

Did you know?

Since our program began in the 2006-2007 school year, 25,000 native trees have been installed at School Board sites District- wide, in coordination with NatureScape Broward. This equates to 75 million square feet of shade canopy on school board properties.

  • 33 Native Plant Parks have been installed on middle school campuses.
  • During photosynthesis, trees convert carbon dioxide and water into sugar molecules and oxygen through a series of oxidation and reduction reactions.
  • An average car will produce more than 37 tons of carbon dioxide in its lifetime.
  • 1 acre of new forest will sequester about 2.5 tons of carbon annually.
  • Over a 50-year lifetime, a tree generates $31,250 of oxygen, provides $62,000 of air pollution control, recycles $37,500 in water, and helps control $31,250 of soil erosion.
  • 105 Broward County Public Schools are certified NatureScapes which recognizes properties certified through the National Wildlife Federation’s SchoolYard Habitat Program and/or the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program.
  • Since the inception of our partnership, NatureScape Broward education programs have reached and trained more than 28,000 students and 494 instructional and support staff.


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