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 47 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.

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.

Congratulations to
Sts. Leo-Seton School students
for being featured on
KATC (CH 3) Cool Schools

On April 27, 2015, 8th grade students at Sts. Leo-Seton School (Lafayette) were featured on KATC's CoolSchools. Mrs. Amy Guidry, lead CR teacher submitted a wonderful summary of their stewardship trip to Grand Isle State Park. Check out the video!

SLS started participating in CR in 2012 and went of their first planting trip in the spring of 2013. This is their 3rd restoration trip to Grand Isle State Park. k. So far, students have grown and contributed 1, 442 bitter panicum plants in an effort to help stabilize and restore the gragile dune system within the park.

To learn more, contact:

Dr. Pam Blanchard
LSU School of Education


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