Campus Greening Project

Students at Lake Middle and Middleton Elementary schools to benefit from campus greening project
Posted on 04/11/2018

A campus greening project will create new educational opportunities for students at Lake Middle and Middleton Elementary schools while complying with local stormwater management regulations.

South Washington County Schools is partnering with the South Washington Watershed District for the project, which calls for the conversion of 15 acres of non-active use turf grass to prairie grass and for more than 200 trees to be planted on the campus. The project will also create two outdoor classrooms. It coincides with the addition of a pedestrian trail along Lake Road, led by the City of Woodbury.

This project creates a unique opportunity to engage the students and staff at Middleton and Lake through hands-on learning opportunities, which will start with a tree planting program by local non-profit, Tree Trust. Once completed, outdoor classrooms will be used as a living laboratory supporting many learning experiences and as space for students to read or work outdoors on good weather days.

The schedule for work will begin as soon as the weather warms up with the planting of a seeded prairie. In May, classes at Lake Middle and Middleton Elementary will plant trees. Outdoor classrooms will be installed by Kraus Anderson in the summer and the last tree boulevard plantings installed in the fall around the new pedestrian trail.

The Campus Greening Project meets specific goals of all partners as the site is identified in the watershed district’s Greenway Plan, and fulfills a city permit requirement for recent and future site improvements at each school.

The project was discussed in detail at the February 1, 2018 School Board Meeting.

Learn more about the Lake Middle School and Middleton Elementary School Campus Greening Project at