Greater Cincinnati Regional Green Schoolyards Summit: Join Us for the Inaugural Year!

2024 GSAN Summit Promo

Join school district leaders, elected officials, and community organizations at Aiken High School for a day of learning, networking, and celebrating collaboration – hosted by the Green Schoolyards Action Network.

By Kelly Morton,

Published April 26, 2024

2024 GSAN Summit Promo
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What: The first-ever Greater Cincinnati Regional Green Schoolyards Summit, showcasing the collaboration between Green Umbrella, Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), and the City of Cincinnati to implement a district-wide Green Schoolyards initiative focused on providing equitable access to outdoor learning and environmental educational resources for all students and staff members.

Who: School staff, students, parents, partners, and elected officials are invited. School districts are encouraged to register representatives from their educators, administrators, facilities, food service, and curriculum staff. 

When: June 5, 2024 from 9:30 am-4:00 pm – Register Here

Where: Aiken New Tech High School, 5641 Belmont Ave Cincinnati, OH 45224

Events of the Day

Highlights from the upcoming Summit will include:

  • Keynote speakers from Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), the City of Cincinnati, and Green Umbrella
  • A panel on school gardens moderated by the Civic Garden Center
  • A student-lead tour of the Aiken community garden featuring animals, composting, and high-tunnel growing, as well as the food safety pilot program that allows students to sell produce from the garden to CPS Student Dining Services
  • Lunch procured from local farms, hosted by CPS Student Dining Services

Plus informative sessions covering subjects like:

  • Mobilizing school districts and environmental education partnerships
  • Career tech education & workforce skills development
  • Facilities improvements & maintenance plans
  • Identifying joint funding for outdoor & environmental education projects and programs
  • Connecting food services to garden-based instruction & integrated curriculum implementation

Volunteer at the Summit

The Green Schoolyards Action Network is seeking volunteers to help the days before and after the Summit as well as during the event. Contact Green Schoolyards Manager Cynthia if you are interested in volunteering for one of the tasks listed below:

  • Attach/remove signage, collect summit materials, set-up and tear down tables, return seating, general preparation & clean-up (June 4 & 6, before and/or after the event) 
  • Non-profit and business vendor support prior to and during the Summit on June 5
  • Audio visual set-up support prior & during the event on June 5
  • Student Dining Services breakfast & lunch assistance (June 5)
  • Check-in table & greeters (June 5)

Tickets & Registration

Green Umbrella members receive a discount to the Summit. Contact Green Schoolyards Manager Cynthia for discount details.

The Summit is an inclusive event. Scholarships are available for anyone who finds registration cost-prohibitive. Please contact Cynthia for scholarship information.

Non-profit partners can register to have a vendor table during the Summit. Contact Green Schoolyards Manager Cynthia for details.

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