PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS will be held January 31, March 13, October 8, and December 3, 2020. Each seminar will meet from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm at rotating locations in the greater Los Angeles area.

SCHOOLYARD LEARNING WALKS will take place on four days over the course of the year, from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Participants will select the dates after the program begins. A Learning Walk (schoolyard site visit day) will generally follow each seminar.

We understand that school leaders’ time is precious. We request that all participants plan to attend all four seminars and as many of the site tours as possible.


The Institute is designed to serve school district teams that include at least two school principals and at least one leader from the school district’s administration. District leaders might include a staff member from the central office or facilities, health, or education departments. This team-based model is designed to help build robust, collaborative support within each district.

Principals from independent or charter schools are welcome to enroll, and may build their team by including their facilities director, wellness director, or education director and/or principal colleagues from other schools in their network. Please note that our follow up site visit after the program is only provided at the team level (one visit per team). Individual schools may enroll, but they will not receive a follow up site visit after the program.


If you are interested in enrolling but need assistance building a team, please contact us:


The cost of the year-long Institute is $2,250 per person. This includes:

  • 4 professional development seminars (with morning coffee and lunch)

  • 4 full-day green schoolyard Learning Walks

  • A small personal resource library for each participant

  • Individualized support for each participant during the program, as they develop their project concept

  • Follow-up support with one site visit per team, during or after the Institute

  • Ongoing membership in the regional Green Schoolyard Leadership Network

DEADLINE: Enrollment is on a first come first served basis. The last day to register is December 13, 2019.

REFUND POLICY: Enrollment fees are nonrefundable, but a team may substitute a new participant if a team member has to leave the program for any reason. In the unlikely event that this program is canceled by Green Schoolyards America, enrollment fees will be refunded.

TITLE 1 SCHOOLS: We are currently working to raise funds to offset the enrollment cost for Title 1 schools, and hope to be able to offer several discounted enrollment slots. If your district team includes a Title 1 school that would have difficulty enrolling without financial assistance, please contact us for more information before registering.

Registration INFORMATION

To complete your team’s registration, you will need:

  • Contact Information: Names and contact information for all members of your team.

  • Payment: A check or credit card to pay for the full enrollment cost for the team. If your team would prefer to be invoiced, please have the invoice contact information ready when you register.

  • Short Summary: The registration form includes a question that asks each team to tell us why you are interested in participating in the Institute. We would like to know more about your school district’s past experience with schoolyard greening (grounds development and/or programming) and what your team hopes to gain from the program. This information will help us to tailor the program to your needs.

If your team is ready to register, please click the button below.


Please click here to download a PDF with complete program information.

If you have any questions about the program, or need assistance with building a team or finding funding, please contact us: We hope you will join us!