TREE CANOPY CEILING MURALS FOR CLASSROOMS

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What is a Classroom Tree Canopy? What Does it Look Like?

                              Kid Ventures 30 sec. time lapse video shows a tree canopy ceiling being installed.  Installations take approximately 2 hrs.

360° Classroom View (click and drag to look around)

Plant the Seed of Stewardship

Your support will fund a tree canopy ceiling mural in an elementary classroom and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card
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OUR MISSION

Nature in the Classroom, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to enhance academic achievement, social-emotional development, and nurture a connection to the natural environment by donating tree canopy ceilings and murals to educational settings.

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WHY TREE CANOPY MURALS?

Research shows that classrooms with views of trees impact creative, cognitive, affective  and social development.  Students are more engaged and less distracted, demonstrate greater cooperative group dynamics, achieve higher grade point averages, higher test scores, increased graduation rates and college admissions. 



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NATURE AND LEARNING: SCIENTIFIC FINDINGS

Do Experiences With Nature Promote Learning?

Converging Evidence of a Cause-and-Effect Relationship

Kuo, Barnes and Jordan: Frontiers in Psychology, Feb. 2019

Learn More About the Benefits of Nature in the Classroom

Click below to download a bibliography of research papers and library links that outline the benefits of nature in classrooms.

Kindergartners Comment on Ironwoods Ceiling Mural

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View our Catalog

Click below to view the Ceilings for Classrooms brochure and ceiling options.

Three Ways to Plant a Tree Canopy In the Classroom

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1. MY CLASSROOM CANOPY CEILING

This program is designed for teachers that want to have a Tree Canopy Ceiling in their classrooms but don't know how to fund it.

Get clearance from your principal to install the ceiling mural

Tree canopies are printed on recycled plastic tiles for a drop ceiling.  Tiles come in 2 standard sizes, 2ft X 2ft or 2ft X 4ft, and meet all fire codes.  The finished mural measures 12ft X 16ft (shown is a 2ft X 4ft tile layout with Scrub Oak image)

Download our catalog and select a tree canopy mural

There are 8 ceiling canopies to choose from.

A $3,000 donation to Nature In The Classroom delivers your ceiling

Fundraise using Facebook, Donors Choose, Rotary, Lions Club or other local foundations.  Nature In The Classroom is a  501(c)(3) nonprofit.  EIN 82-5212634   All donations are tax deductible.

Install the ceiling and share your stories on our Facebook page

Canopy ceilings are numbered to facilitate installation using the enclosed instructions and schematic.  They will replace the existing ceiling tiles.

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2. CANOPY PARTNERS

Canopy Partners is designed for private and charter schools with enough resources to donate Canopy Ceilings to  selected classrooms at a special rate of $2,500 per ceiling.  These schools would donate TWO Canopy Ceilings, one for their school, and the other one for a school of low resources, chosen from a list of schools provided by Nature In The Classroom.  The cost for two Canopy Ceilings is $5,000.  Canopy ceilings come with an installation instruction manual and schematic. 

Ceiling Specifications

Tree canopies are printed on recycled plastic tiles for a drop ceiling.  Tiles come in 2 standard sizes, 2ft X 2ft or 2ft X 4ft, and meet all fire codes.  The finished mural measures 12ft X 16ft (shown is a 2ft X 4ft tile layout with Cottonwoods image)

Download our catalog and select two canopy murals

There are 8 ceiling canopies to choose from.

A $5,000 donation to Nature In The Classroom delivers TWO ceiling murals

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Install the ceilings and share your stories on our Facebook page

Canopy ceilings are numbered to facilitate installation using the enclosed instructions and schematic.  They will replace the existing ceiling tiles.

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FUND THE STUDY: Benefits of Tree Canopy Ceilings in Elementary Schools

Anecdotal feedback from teachers who currently have tree canopy ceilings is consistent with past research findings of nature views out classroom windows.  The University of North Carolina – Greensboro will conduct a two-year study to measure the impact of tree canopy ceilings in K-3 classrooms. UNC - Greensboro will develop the measurement instrument, train classroom observers, collect data on classrooms with/without murals and then compile the results into a finished scientific paper that will be published in educational journals.

Cost of Study

The project will fund 100 ceilings in North Carolina schools ($2,500 ea.) plus a $100,000 stipend/grant to cover UNC's tool development, examiner training, travel expenses to collect data, and project summary.

Total cost of the study: $350,000 for 100 Tree Canopy Ceilings installed. 

Project Results

The study will produce a peer-reviewed article to be published in an education/academic journal.

Board of Directors

Carlos de la Rosa, PhD

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Ecologist / Educator / Photographer / Author

Betsy Perluss, PhD

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Echopsychologist / Psychotherapist

Becky Davidson, MEd

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Educator / School Psychologist

Mary Theresa Stein, BA

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Business Owner 

Sandy Rodriguez, BA

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Retired Educator

Ernesto Rodriguez, MS, PPS

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Retired School Psychologist / Photographer

Paula Patterson, BA

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Retired Principal

Pamela Albers, JD

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Business Owner / Retired Attorney

Academic Achievement • Personal Development • Stewardship

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Partner With Us

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Tree canopies in classrooms can reinforce the impact of environmental education curriculums and teacher involvement.  We are interested in developing partnerships with environmental education organizations to advance our mutual goals.  Contact Us.

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Nature in the Classroom, Inc.

P.O. Box 2589 Avalon, CA 90704

(310) 510-0541

Plant the Seed of Stewardship

Your support will fund a tree canopy mural in an elementary classroom and nurture the next generation of environmental stewards.

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

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Our Logo Artist

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Jude Rodriguez

Thank you Jude for creating our logo art when you were 3 years old.