TapRoots Environmental Education Program


TapRoots/Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture



TapRoots engages youth ages 12-18 in outdoor experiential learning through programs including TapRoots in the Classroom, Young Ecological Stewards (YES!), Adventures in Soil Science, and Conversations with TapRoots. With this grant, TapRoots purchased sensing equipment, sensors for the UMD Rooftop Garden, a cistern for the Living Wall Project at Springhill Lake Recreational Center, and computers for running analytics and everyday TapRoots operations. Since receiving a grant from the Sustainability Fund, TapRoots has provided community gardens with numerous seedlings grown from seed and led two Adventures in Soil Science programs, including one that was embedded into a UME-PG County 4-H camp series. TapRoots continues to incubate STEM programs and ecological stewardship in Prince George’s County through partnerships with Springhill Lake Recreational Center, Greenbelt Makerspace, USDA-ARS Student Discovery Garden, and the UMD Rooftop Garden Club..