TREE CANOPY CEILING MURALS FOR CLASSROOMS

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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.

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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.

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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: Impacts and Benefits of Canopy Ceilings in Elementary Schools

This is a special program designed to support a 2-year scientific study to examine the impacts and benefits of Tree Canopy Ceilings in K-5  classrooms. The project involves the selection of 100 classrooms in a sample of public and private schools from around the country to assess Before and After effects of Tree Canopy Ceilings in student’s grades, attention in class, general behavior, visits to the nurse, social emotional development, and a connection to nature. 

Cost of Study

The project will fund 100 ceilings ($3,000 ea.) plus a $10,000/year stipend/grant to cover travel expenses to collect data, publication costs for scientific papers, attendance to one scientific conference per year to present the results of the study, and incidentals.

Total cost of the study: $320,000 for 100 Tree Canopy Ceilings installed. 

Project Results

The study will produce two publications in peer-reviewed education/academic journals; two oral or poster presentations at education conferences; and 100 elementary classrooms with installed Tree Canopy Ceilings.


Tree Canopy Ceilings are Easy to Install

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

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.

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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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

Our Logo Artist

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Jude Rodriguez

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