About Us


Our Mission

Our Program

Our Team

Our History

Our Annual Stats

Dollars Raised

Thanks to our Donors, Sponsors, Community Partners and event attendees, we raised 16,000 during the 2018 – 2019 budget year.


Thanks to the efforts of our Volunteer Coordinator, we had 150 volunteers serving the Green Classroom during the 2018 – 2019 school year.

Produce Bags Harvested

According to our Share the Harvest report the Becker Green Classroom harvested 625 shopping bags of produce during the 2018 – 2019 school year.

Students Served

Combining the 1500 AISD Earth Camp students and 445 Becker Elementary Students we served 1,945 total during the 2018 – 2019 school  year.

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to facilitate environmental stewardship, wellness and equity for Becker Elementary students and their community in an experiential outdoor learning space.

The Becker Green Classroom engages children in growing, harvesting, and tasting flavorful food in beautiful gardens.  Through hands-on activities guided by community volunteers, students apply and gain knowledge through integrated curriculum concepts, while becoming aware of nature’s cycles and sustainable practices. 

Our vision is to create communities of aware and engaged individuals living sustainably in a just world.


Our Program

The Becker Green Classroom is a self-funded, independent 501c3 non-profit organization that operates out of an AISD owned facility on the Becker Elementary Campus in Austin, TX. 

In partnership with City of Austin Watershed Protection Department’s EARTH CAMP and Becker Elementary, we offer each Becker class its own designated garden bed and the opportunity to participate throughout the school year in a weekly, hour-long learning session led by our volunteers. Our facility also provides an office and outdoor learning space for the EARTH CAMP program 4 days a week during the school year.

Our Team

The Becker Green Classroom team is a unique partnership of the Becker Green Classroom non-profit, Becker Elementary, The City of Austin Watershed Protection Department, and a multitude of volunteers that make up the Board, Steering Committee and Garden Class Teachers.

The Board of Directors provides continuity for the Becker Green Classroom, supports the Steering Committee, manages the finances and assures that expenditures and activities are consistent with the mission of the organization.

The Steering Committee plans and implements all programs and activities of the Green Classroom, maintains care of the garden site,  and makes decisions about expenditures, programming, and site changes.

We have one part time staff position, the Volunteer Coordinator, which is funded by The City of Austin Watershed Protection Department

Earth Camp:

Get to Know Us

Board of Directors

Rhonda McGaughey, President

Heather Santana, Vice President

Belle Hoverman, Treasurer

Alex Robinson, Secretary

Chantel Acosta Saubon, Member at Large

Sameera Balay, Member at Large

Steering Committee

Activities & Curriculum

Communications & Marketing

Fundraising & Events

Garden Class Supplies & Support

Garden to Cafe



PTA Chicken Coop Liason


Kathleen McWhorter, Volunteer Coordinator

Earth Camp Staff

Susan Wall, Conservation Program Coordinator

Jessica Gordon, Conservation Program Coordinator

Sarah Heilman, Conservation Program Coordinator

Sara Hilgers, Earth Camp Green Classroom Leader

Vivian Loftin, Earth Camp Green Classroom Leader

Cassy Shaukat, Earth Camp Leader

Stephanie Marsh, Earth Camp Teacher LED1 Leader

Sarah Donelson, Earth Camp Teacher LED2 Leader

Ryan Cooper, Earth Camp Sub 

Our History

Happy Birthday!

The 2019 – 2020 school year marks the Becker Green Classroom’s 30th anniversary!

Created in 1989 by Carla Marshall, the Becker Green Classroom has a proven track record of developing innovative programs to peak students’ interest in learning.  

We have been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Texas Governor’s Clean Texas 2000 Award, The President’s Environmental Youth Award, and the Renew America Award for Environmental Sustainability and Natural Resource Conservation.

Children need nature for the healthy development of their senses, and therefore, for learning and creativity. 

- Richard Louv

Our Live Oak Community Partners

Get In Touch

Make a Donation Today

Giving ONline

Clicking any of our donation buttons will take you directly to The Becker Green Classroom PayPal account. We also accept donations and payments via Venmo @GreenClassroom-Treasurer

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


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