Our Initiatives

Wisconsin School Garden Network

The Wisconsin School Garden Network supports educators cultivating our next generation of stewards by offering free resources & networking opportunities. Outdoor education has been shown to improve children’s health and wellbeing.

Land Restoration & Environmental Education

In connection with coursework, Dr. Samuel Dennis and undergraduate students mapped restoration projects and helped to design place-based educational tools at schools in both Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Healthy Spaces for Healthy Kids

Our built environments include features that support health & features that create barriers it. EDL staff & students developed curricular materials and worked with elementary students to help them read these features in their own communities.

Outdoor Play & Learning Spaces

Outdoor spaces can provide unique opportunities for learning & playing. Our research & observations show illuminate mental health, physical health, & educational benefits of children having access to safe outdoor spaces.

Public Art

The SHIFT art installation is a collaborative initiative between the Regent Neighborhood Association, the Environmental Design Lab, and 1000 Friends of Wisconsin which will serve as a visual transition between campus and the neighborhood.

The Final Mile

The Final Mile was a USDA-funded research project on small garden contributions to food pantries.