Cool Schools Yolo County: Meet the Partners

Cool Schools Initiative to Transform Schoolyards in Yolo County, CA Through Strategic Partnerships

Award-winning Cool Schools Program™ scheduled for 10 campuses in Yolo County, California.

To increase tree canopy, build experiential learning areas, and provide nature-based education resources. 

The award-winning Cool Schools Program™, developed by the national thought leader in schoolyard greening initiatives Texas Trees Foundation, is coming to 10 schools in Yolo County, California.

The initiative, titled Cool Schools Yolo County, will build a more equitable educational experience for students by transforming schoolyards from “gray to green,” connecting students and teachers to nature through expansive tree planting and creating fun, experiential outdoor learning and play areas.

Funded via a grant by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) Urban Community Forestry Program, Cool Schools Yolo County focuses on making a lasting environmental and educational impact in Washington Unified School District (WUSD) and Woodland Joint Unified School District (WJUSD), specifically. Tree planting organizations Tree Davis and the Woodland Tree Foundation have become invaluable partners in the Cool Schools initiative in Yolo County.

“Tree Davis is elated to be a part of the team that is bringing the Cool Schools Program to Yolo County. It is a unique opportunity to transform these 10 school campuses both physically and socially. As an organization that merges scientific knowledge with community action, we see this program as being essential to making both West Sacramento and Woodland more climate-ready for tomorrow and generations to come.”

-Torin Dunnavant, Executive Director of Tree Davis

“Planting and caring for trees is the joyful part of Woodland Tree Foundation’s civic leadership and service to the community. We are honored to team up with Texas’ Trees Foundation and their Cool Schools Program™ for the benefit of Woodland kids. Planting many more trees and shrubs at the selected elementary school campuses, with the involvement of each school community, will benefit our environment. It will be great for young children to be able to learn in a dedicated outdoor area and get excited about the many benefits of trees.”

-David Wilkinson, Program Coordinator of Woodland Tree Foundation
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