Educational Resources and Activities
These light and fun activities are designed for middle school students to increase their knowledge of earth science and forestry. They are designed to make the urban forest come to life – at home or in the classroom.
by: Samantha Bradley, Cool Schools Program Director Texas Trees Foundation’s Cool Schools Program is designed to provide green strategies at identified Dallas ISD schools Below are highlights of the Dallas ISD Cool Schools campuses that have been completed from 2020-2023. Cool School Neighborhood Parks, in partnership with Dallas ISD, Dallas Parks and Recreation Department, and Trust […]
The Dallas Architecture Forum awarded Texas Trees Foundation’s Cool Schools’ Program a 2023 Design Recognition Award for its excellence in landscape, urban design, public space and master planning. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AWARD Collaborators included Studio Outside and Dallas ISD Cool Schools connect students and teachers to nature by planting trees and creating fun and […]
More than two dozen Dallas ISD schools that live in “park deserts” are getting neighborhood parks through a partnership with Texas Trees Foundation Cool Schools Program. Park deserts are areas that do not have park access within a 10 minute walk. Lang Middle School is the first middle school within Dallas ISD to receive a […]
It is better to plant a tree around here in Faall instead of Spring. This gives the tree time to grow out its root structure. ‘ Learn more…
The Texas Trees Foundation is giving complimentary trees to those who live within five miles of a future Cool Schools Neighborhood Park or have a child who attends one of Dallas ISD’s “Cool Schools.” Walnut Hill Leadership Institute of Preston Hollow is one of these “Cool Schools.” The free trees, available until Nov. 11, are […]
The Cool Schools Program is the transformation of Dallas county school grounds into outdoor learning centers. The program is working on seven school campus this fall, bringing the total to over 30. Most of these schools are in low-served areas of Dallas. Learn more…
Outdoor learning space with labyrinth, easels, instruments coming next By Karen Chaney School days at K.B. Polk Center for Academically Talented and Gifted are spent preparing for the future. On a recent spring Thursday, that meant planting 57 trees to bring cooler tomorrows. Learn more…
Texas Trees Foundation Celebrates the Completion of Seven Neighborhood Parks at Dallas ISD Schools The new Neighborhood Parks are equipped with new playground equipment, a loop trail, new trees, and additional amenities that encourage a healthy outdoor learning environment. DALLAS, TX (May 9, 2022) – Seven Dallas ISD schools are celebrating the opening of their […]
“Here’s to You” – Amazon made a different delivery today…trees for K.B. Polk Center for Academically Gifted and Talented Learn more…
A high school campus has become a hub for community engagement and neighborhood revitalization. School administrators and neighbors are excited about future plans. Learn more…
Community Members: What They're Saying
"Trees bring oxygen and light to our environment..."
About the Cool Schools Program
Connecting students and teachers to nature
What a Cool Schools Planting is Like
Nancy Moseley Elementary School
Urban Heat & School Campuses
In 2019, the average tree canopy around Dallas ISD schools was 7% – making for hotter play and learning areas for students.
Cool School Neighborhood Park
Grand Opening in 2021