Cool Schools Resources

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.

Media/News Stories

Cool Schools Neighborhood Parks Offer Green Space to Dallas Residents

By texastrees | October 17, 2023

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 […]

Cool Schools Program Receives Urban Design Award by Dallas Architecture Forum

By texastrees | October 12, 2023

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 […]

Texas Trees Foundation opens Dallas’ first middle school “Cool School Community Park”

By texastrees | March 28, 2023

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 […]

Gardening 101: How to Plant a Tree

By texastrees | November 6, 2022

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…

Texas Trees Foundation Offers Free Trees to ‘Cool School’ Parents, Local Residents

By texastrees | October 24, 2022

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 […]

Gardening 101: Dallas’ Cool Schools initiative turns campuses into outdoor learning centers

By texastrees | July 24, 2022

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…

New trees make Polk TAG Center one of the “Cool Schools”

By texastrees | June 22, 2022

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

By texastrees | May 10, 2022

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 […]

FOX 4 News: Amazon Supports K.B. Polk Center for Academically Gifted and Talented

By texastrees | April 28, 2022

“Here’s to You” – Amazon made a different delivery today…trees for K.B. Polk Center for Academically Gifted and Talented Learn more…

New mural and park unveiled near South Oak Cliff High School

By texastrees | November 12, 2021

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…

Informative Videos

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.

How to Plant a Tree
Tips and tricks from our Tree Farm Supervisor and Urban Forestry Coordinator Chris Worst. Spanish version also available.

Cool School Neighborhood Park
Grand Opening in 2021

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