Sprout Up


Environmental Education for the Next Generation

The Sprout Up program provides free, college student-led programs to 1st and 2nd grade classrooms in under-resourced public schools.

Sprout Up and Environmental Volunteers envision a future where sustainability is embedded in our every decision, from the boardroom to the grocery store and everywhere in between. College student instructors lead weekly lessons in 1st and 2nd grade classes to help children understand the role they play in protecting our planet. We’re planting the seeds for a more sustainable future, from the youngest members of society up. Sprout Up has taught more 30,000 students across California and in New York City. Check out our map of participating colleges that teach in local elementary schools to see if there is a Sprout Up chapter near you. Our college students can’t wait to meet your students! Check out this article to learn more about how Sprout Up joined Environmental Volunteers to expand our impact.

Sprout Up 8-week lesson series

About our program

9 active chapters

We currently have 9 chapters throughout California and New York City. We are always excited to keep growing! If you have any connections or would like to start a new chapter, please reach out to our team.

Instructor Team

5 college student volunteer instructors

6 - 8 weeks

Each instructor team teaches a series of lessons in the same classroom


Lessons typically last 1 hour

Interactive activities and experiments that foster critical thinking about the world we live in.

Small group learning that promotes student participation and active engagement with subject matter.

Youth-to-youth encouragement that brings education to life and empowers young people to make a positive impact on their surroundings.

Unique curriculum that aligns with standards such as Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core, Education and the Environment (EEI) Principals and California State Standards, enhancing existing classroom activities.

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