LSU Coastal Roots Program
Seedling Nursery Program for Habitat Restoration

What is Coastal Roots?

Students from 2nd grade through high school are taking part in this project to learn about and become environmental stewards of their natural resources by establishing native plant nurseries at their schools. Students are growing native plant seedlings and grass plugs that they will plant in a coastal habitat restoration project in south Louisiana and in Chile, South America.

There are currently 50 schools across 21 Louisiana parishes currently participating in the LSU Coastal Roots Program, as well as four schools split between Concepcion and Santiago, Chile . There are two schools that will be joining our program in the coming months!

Students are working with a variety of native trees,
including the Water Oak, Tupelo Gum, Swamp Red Maple, Loblolly Pine, Nuttall Oak, and Longleaf Pine - just to name a few. A number of our schools also grow bitter panicum, a beach dune grass, that is planted on Grand Isle and on the beaches of Cameron Parish.

2017 Winter Workshop:
January 21, 2017

Important Links: LSU Coastal Roots Handbook
2016-17 Restoration & Events Calendar & Forms

Parkview Baptist High @ Avery Island
November 17, 2016

Congratulations to St. Ann's Catholic School in Metairie for being featured in the Times-Picayune Newspaper on their very first planting trip as a Coastal Roots School. They planted their school-grown trees at Bayou Sauvage's National Wildlife Refuge's Ridge Trail this past fall! Read the article online at Times-Picayune!

Coastal Roots Programmatic changes
took effect August 1, 2016!

1.   If your nursery needs to be moved to a new location, then the fee to cover expenses for moving the nursery will be a flat $400 (if the dog kennel is still in usable shape). If a dog kennel is needed, then the fee will be $700.  This fee will be invoiced prior to setting the re-installation date, and payment must reach LSU before the re-installation can move forward.

2.   All installations require a plumbing tee into a pressurized water line. No faucet installations will be considered. Pictures of the installed connection need to be sent to Pam via email prior to the installation date being set.  No exceptions. 

3.   Schools will be eligible for a partial bus reimbursement pending (a) adequate money in the CR accounts, and (b) attendance by a teacher or administrator at the Winter Workshop the previous school year. New schools will be eligible their 1st year and in subsequent years they will only be eligible if they attend the Winter Workshop the previous year. This applies even if a CR “buddy” picks up materials for you at the Winter Workshop.  Someone from your school must attend the workshop in order to be eligible for the reimbursement. Complete proper paperwork is necessary before any reimbursement will be made.

To learn more, contact:

Dr. Pam Blanchard
LSU School of Education


Dr. Ed Bush
LSU School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences