“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir

Project Green Schools is challenging schools across the country to develop and implement a meaningful outdoor classroom and learning space that awards one Grand Prize of $10,000 to further enhance an existing space or build a new space.

All U.S. based schools Pre-K – 12 are eligible to apply*.

Schools will submit a formal write-up, proposed budget, and design of their outdoor learning classroom/space.

Project Green Schools will invite the top five designers to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in Spring 2024 to determine the $10,000 winner.

This challenge will honor, collaborate with, and recognize outstanding school groups in a virtual pitch event.

Applications for our 2024 Outdoor Classroom Challenge are now closed.

The 2024 Outdoor Classroom Challenge winner will be announced mid-March.

Download Outdoor Classroom Challenge document complete with application requirements and resources.

Download budget proposal template. 

Download Outdoor Classroom Challenge flyer. 

*Project Green Schools Outdoor Classroom Challenge is limited to schools based only in the United States.

Congratulations to our 2024 winners!

First PlaceRiver Valley Charter School (Newburyport, MA)

Second Place – The Compass School (Kingston, RI)

Third Place – German International School (White Plains, NY)

2024 Outdoor Classroom Challenge Finalists

  • German International School (White Plains, NY)
  • Kickemuit Middle School (Warren, RI)
  • Panabo City Senior High (Panabo City, Philippines)
  • River Valley Charter School (Newburyport, MA)
  • The Compass School (Kingston, RI)