Teaching and Curriculum
Get funding and personalized sustainability consulting support to help your school reduce waste.
Consumption Literacy Project Educators Resources and Parent and Community Workshops
Join a community of teachers and learn about different ways to teach about food systems, sustainability, waste reduction, and justice.
Learn more about food waste audits and engage your students in a hands-on learning experience on food waste reduction, nutrition, hunger, and more. Hosts educational field trips and volunteer opportunities!
Work with the City to teach your students about waste reduction and learn more about the partnership between DPS and Denver to increase recycling and composting.
Biodiversity and Gardens
Denver Botanic Gardens – Schools and Teachers and Children and Family Programs
Take a field trip to the Botanic Garden and help your kids grow their science skills, plant knowledge, and appreciation for the natural world.
Bring the natural world to your kids with NWF lesson plans, activities, and other resources on wildlife, wild places, and conservation.
Develop curriculum on sustainable farming practices, nutrition, and food justice and get your kids in the garden with SustainEd Farms.
Help your kids build connections with each other and nature through hands-on workshops and programs on environmental stewardship.
Partners in Urban Agriculture
Take a field trip to inspire students to engage with local food systems through a hands-on urban agriculture experience.
Find interactive garden-related curriculum and other educational ideas.
One of our garden partners who’ve helped us build our school gardens!
Find educational workshops and programming on urban agriculture, nutrition, food justice, and more for students.
Big Green provides a number of gardening curriculum, activities, videos, and lesson plan resources as well as support for developing a garden team at your school.
DPS Garden and Agriculture Materials
Learn more about how DPS maintains its gardens.
Learn more about how DPS uses its harvested produce!
Learn more about DPS’s urban agriculture efforts.
Bees are a very important part of our ecosystem! They pollinate plants which makes sure our flowers bloom and our fruits and vegetables grow. This protocol explains how DPS keeps bees.
Livestock provide our society with meat, milk, fiber for cloth and other uses, and more. Goats also help us by eating food scraps! This protocol explains how DPS keeps goats.
- Dwarf goats arrive in DPS – Press Release
Chickens are an important source of eggs and meat! This protocol explains how DPS keeps chickens.
DPS Food and Nutrition Services website | DPS Health and Wellness Policy
Visit our friends at Food and Nutrition Services to see what sustainability initiatives they’re undertaking and what’s new with their gardening efforts!
In 2018, residents of the City of Denver voted to increase taxes to fund a healthy food and food-based education at DPS. Learn more about the City-wide initiative!
State of Colorado Department of Education Nutrition Resources Hub
DPS’s school meals are required to follow regulations set by our partners at the State Department of Education, who in turn support us in many ways, including with this great list of nutrition and food-related resources.
The State of Colorado Department of Public Health and Education provides great resources and programs to help families access proper nutrition and healthy food.
USDA Child Nutrition Programs Hub
DPS is also required to follow federal-level regulations on school meals and nutrition. The US Department of Agriculture also supports families with children through a variety of nutrition and healthy foods programs.
Develop interactive curriculum and programs on sustainability and green building as well as free programming to get your students excited! (National online resource)
Use Earth Force’s Environmental Action Civics framework to engage your students in interactive, project-based learning.
Find quality homework resources, lesson plans, and interactive project ideas for learning and teaching about the environment.
Participate in Denver’s Love My Air program to get lesson plans, presentations, and actionable data on local air quality.
Equity at DPS
Learn more about how DPS is approaching equity and environmental and climate justice.
Board Passes Student-led Climate Policy – Press Release
Students Push for Climate Policy – Press Release
Denver Equity Index (2020)
Learn more about what the City of Denver is doing to address and monitor equity issues within the City.
Denver Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency Office Equity Hub
The City of Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency focuses a lot on equity too! Learn more about initiatives going on in the City.
Find a myriad of teaching resources on any climate-related topic you could possibly think of!
A video series developed by Action for the Climate Emergency, geared towards educating students on the science of climate change and inspiring and empowering them to take action.
Join CAA and learn how to engage with climate action as an educator and inspire your students to act.
Explore energy and STEM education in highly interactive ways through play, movement, art, creation, and using energy as a playground.
An online education hub for teachers to access hands-on curriculum and resources to encourage student leadership, sustainability literacy, and real-world action.
Curious about how DPS buildings are designed? These standards explain how buildings are designed and built, including how energy efficient they have to be and what materials to use.
The City of Denver also has a building code, or set of standards for the design and construction of buildings! DPS is not required to use Denver’s code, but we may reference it for guidance.
Find out more about Xcel’s climate pledges and GHG emissions reduction roadmap.
PowerED Student Engagement – Action Hub
As part of the State of Colorado’s largest-ever Energy Performance Contract right here at DPS, students are encouraged to be a leader in our efforts to save energy at our schools! Find out about power-saving strategies and more, including how to participate in the Action Hub linked above. Learn more about the program in this Press Release.
Find resources on how to teach students about water in Colorado, Denver’s water systems, and water conservation, including a comprehensive water education resource guide.
Learn more about DPS’s Recycled Water Use with Denver Water – Press Release on Purple Pipes Installation
Lena Archuleta Elementary
DPS Resource Library and Sustainability Programming
Educators, take a look at our resource library for tools and materials for hands-on sustainability and climate change education. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to request any library item or to schedule a virtual or in person class speaker or demonstration.
Class set of Energy Audit Kits
Garden Workday Tool Trailer
Seeds Starting Kits and Lights for school with 65%+ FRL
Seedling Starting (Spring Semester)
Seed Harvesting (Fall Semester)
Garden to Cafeteria Program
School Energy Audits
Collegiate Prep Academy