The Becker Green Classroom is a 10,000 square foot organic garden that serves as an interactive outdoor classroom in Austin, Texas. Students’ hands-on experience in the garden fosters a deeper understanding of science, ecology and healthy food and promotes students’ sense of well-being through outdoor learning.
Winner of three President’s Environmental Youth Awards, the Greenclassroom was started in 1989 by Carla Marshall in colloboration with then Becker Elementary Principal Judy Taylor. The space has been a learning and collaborative grounds for many local and national community leaders from it’s inception.
Today it offers:
Every Becker Elementary class has a designated bed where students come once a week for 45mins to participate in activities that integrate curriculum concepts into their outdoor garden space.
The pond, one of the children’s favorite spot in the garden was built by 5th graders of Becker Elementary in 1994/1995 as part of a grant from Environmental Protection Agency.
Becker students share the garden with City of Austin Earth Camp, award-winning water quality field science program for fifth-grade students attending Title I schools in the Austin Independent School District.
Harvesting rain water since 1994. Built as part of City of Austin, East Bouldin Creek cleanup.
Cooking and Healthy Eating
Children not only eat the produce raw but participate in the cooking process while learning mathematical concepts, safety and sharing.
We have a variety of fruit trees, both native and cultivated. Children learn about the growing seasons for each fruit while tasting them.
Live demonstrations of different gardening and environmental models enables children to learn through auditory, visual and tactile ways.
Children learn how to be green stewards by composting onsite.
Local Artist, long time supporter and Bouldin resident James Talbot designed and built the herb garden in colloboration with youth from American YouthWorks. The herb garden provides herbs year round and is one of the favorite place for children to congregrate.
Garden To Cafe
Becker Elementary is one of the school’s participating in AISD’s Garden-to-Cafe program since 2017.
Wild Life Habitat
We are a certified Texas Wild Life Habitat location which gives the children many opportunities to see different species of birds, bugs and wildlife in an urban setting.
Pre-K Family Open House
Garden Work Day
Volunteer Open House & Work Day
Garden Work Day
Activities & Curriculum Happy Hour
Garden Work Day
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Children need nature for the healthy development of their senses, and therefore, for learning and creativity.
Make a Donation Today
Make a one time or recurring donation in any amount using our secure donor form.
Giving By Check
Prefer to send your donation by check? Make it out to The Becker Green Classroom and mail to 1701 Briar St. Austin, TX 78704 Please include a note with your name, address and phone or email so, we can send a thank you and tax receipt.
How Donations Are Used
The goals of our Donation programs are to raise funds for our operating costs, awareness about our incredible garden, and to increase volunteer involvement so that all children at our school can have the opportunity to participate.
1701 Briar St, Austin TX 78704