Local nonprofit One Cool Earth has built five new ‘living labs’ in SLO County this year
– Local nonprofit One Cool Earth has seen a boom in demand for school gardens in the wake of the pandemic. Schools need outdoor classrooms as a safe way to learn and spend time as a community. This year alone, One Cool Earth has built five new “living labs” in San Luis Obispo County, bringing the number of their partner schools to a total of 23 schools on the Central Coast, including the new “learning garden outdoors” at Winifred Pifer Elementary in Paso Robles.
Key players pushing the adoption of outdoor education are Paso Robles Joint Unified School District and Atascadero Unified School District who have district-wide contracts with One Cool Earth, ensuring that all students in their district benefit from the hands-on science taught in their school gardens.
One Cool Earth says it has seen more growth in the past year than any year before. At a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at Winifred Pifer Elementary School, PRJUSD Superintendent Curt Dubost, PRJUSD Program Director Erin Haley, and Principal Holly Moore showed their support and enthusiasm alongside eager students. to get out into the garden to learn, explore, and connect.
To learn more about One Cool Earth, visit their website at onecoolearth.org.