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Project CANOPY
Cultivating and Nurturing Our Planet’s Youth

Project CANOPY is a partnership with Northside Independent School District and the participating 4th and 5th-grade classes of five selected elementary schools planted 518 trees throughout the campuses starting in the fall of 2023. This tree-planting project will expand the curriculum of the Environmental Science lesson by giving the students hands-on experience in planting trees. They will learn how to properly plant a tree and the future benefits of the planting on the school and the broader community. All elementary school campuses will be participating in The GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Program. The GLOBE Program is an international science and education program that focuses on promoting scientific literacy and building connections between people passionate about the environment. GLOBE has three primary goals: increasing environmental awareness, contributing to increased scientific understanding of the Earth and supporting improved student achievement in science and mathematics. By participating in GLOBE, students, teachers, researchers and lifelong learners can connect with the program’s global community. 

The five schools that have been chosen due to their risk factors as shown in My City’s Trees are Dr. Martha Mead Elementary School, Jim G. Martin Elementary School, Gregorio Esparza Elementary School, Frances M. Rhodes Elementary School, and Rita Kay Driggers Elementary School.

Project CANOPY Esparza Elementary

On October 3rd,  58 trees were planted with over 150 4th and 5th grade students! Thank you to the NISD maintenance team for prepping the site/ drilling the holes and the American Youthworks crew for leading the student groups! Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to help plant the trees and to the Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation, The Texas Forest Service, and the City of San Antonio Parks Department for funding this school.

Project CANOPY Mead Elementary

On October 24th, 98 trees were planted with over 250 4th and 5th grade students! Thank you to the NISD maintenance team for prepping the site/ drilling the holes and the American Youthworks crew for leading the student groups! Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to help plant the trees and to the Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation, The Texas Forest Service, H-E-B, and Texan By Nature for funding this school.

Project CANOPY Drigger Elementary
Texas Arbor Day Celebration!

On November 3rd, Texas Arbor Day,  142 trees were planted with over 150 4th and 5th grade students! Thank you to the NISD maintenance team for prepping the site/ drilling the holes and the American Youthworks crew for leading the student groups! Thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to help plant the trees and to the Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation, The Texas Forest Service, American Forests, Microsoft, and Walmart for funding this school.

Project CANOPY Rhodes Elementary!

On February 24, 2024, over 250 4th and 5th-grade students planted 92 additional trees, totaling 100 trees added to this campus! Thank you to the NISD maintenance team for prepping the site and drilling the holes and the American Youthworks crew for leading the student groups! Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to help plant the trees and to the Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation, The Texas Forest Service, Microsoft, and American Forests for funding this school.