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The Becker Green Classroom

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1701 Briar St
Austin, TX 78704 United States
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To Plant a seed is to Believe in Tomorrow


Winner of three President’s Environmental Youth Awards, Becker Green Classroom is a 10,000 square foot organic garden that serves as an interactive outdoor classroom in Austin, Texas.  Student’s hands-on experience in the garden fosters a deeper understanding of science, ecology and healthy food and promotes student’s sense of well-being through outdoor learning.

Our Space

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A walk through the  Garden  Spring 2018


Produce Bags Harvested

Students Served

Our Space

Started in 1989 by Carla Marshall in colloboration with then Becker Elementary Principal Judy Taylor our space offers a unique outdoor learning environment. The space has been a learning and collaborative grounds for local and national celebrities alike.  Chez Panisse – Alice Waters, Tina Marsh, Martin Banks, James Talbot and Lucinda Hutson are a few who visited and worked with children.

U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett  himself was at the Greenclassroom on May 2, 1997 to award AISD Superintendent James Fox with the unprecedented third President’s Environmental Youth Award won by Becker Elementary’s Green Classroom which was at the point run by Carla Marshall’s team.

Today it offers:

Organic Gardening

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.

Earth Camp

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. 

RainWater Harvesting

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.  

Fruit Trees

We have a variety of fruit trees, both native and cultivated. Children learn about the growing seasons for each fruit while tasting them.

Environmental Models

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.

Herb Garden

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.

Pollinator Garden

Stop by the Pollinator Playground located along the northern fence of the Becker Green Classroom and tell us what you discover!

Upcoming Events



Fairy House Build

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Activities & Curriculum Happy Hour

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Steering Committee Meeting

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Fall Community Ice Cream Social

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Activities & Curriculum Happy Hour

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Volunteer Potluck

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Gingerbread House Build

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Steering Committee Meeting

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

- Richard Louv

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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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