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 46 schools across 18 Louisiana parishes currently participating in the LSU Coastal Roots Program, as well as one school in San Pedro de la Paz Concepcion, Chile, and two schools in Santiago, Chile. There are six schools that will be joining our program in the 2015-16 school year.

Students are working with a variety of native seeds,
including the Water Oak, Tupelo Gum, Swamp Red Maple, Loblolly Pine, Nuttall Oak, and Longleaf Pine - just to name a few.

2016 Winter Workshop: February 20, 2016
Important Links: LSU Coastal Roots Handbook
2015-16 Restoration & Events Calendar
restoration trip

St. Paul’s sixth grade participation in the Coastal Roots program is an excellent example of environmental, economic, and cultural sustainability, all of which are taught through the school’s “SEECKing” the SMART Solution Program! 

Congratulations to
St. Paul's Episcopal
for being chosen as a gold award winner
in the LA Green School Challenge!

St. Paul’s Episcopal School (New Orleans) is excited to be a gold award winner of the Louisiana Green School Challenge for both their lower school and middle school sustainability programs. The challenge is sponsored by the Louisiana Chapter of the U. S. Green Building Council. The program supports the efforts of schools to bring environmental friendly practices to their campuses.

We are proud of
St. Paul's Episcopal School!

To learn more, contact:

Dr. Pam Blanchard
LSU School of Education


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