Garden in Every School®

GIES before after


Since 2004, IEUA has reached over 19,000 students with its award winning Garden in Every School® program. The Garden in Every School® program (GIES) educates the school family and community about water-wise usage through a garden landscape, featuring drought tolerant plants and efficient irrigation.

The program works as an assisted grant: first, applicants participate in a mandatory introductory workshop. Then, selected applicants are awarded a grant valued at $4,500 for IEUA to assist in the installation of an up to 2000 square foot garden. The garden is designed, created, and installed through a series of hands on work sessions with teachers, parents, students, and program staff.

Garden Program Eligibility

Schools must attend the mandatory recruitment and program overview workshop, complete the grant application, possess the commitment of the facilities manager, appoint a lead teacher, parent, and principal, and have the superintendent’s approval. Sites are limited to 2,000 square feet and must have, or have the means to create a dedicated irrigation line in addition to electricity to the proposed site. Schools must commit hands on participation by teachers, parents and students on specified planting and garden work days.

Interested in having a garden at your school?

  • Schools interested in applying for the 2019/20 Garden in Every School® program year must attend the mandatory workshop on February 26, 2019. 
  • To RSVP for the workshop or for more information please contact Michelle O’Brien at 909.993.1741 or



Mini grant to schools with existing gardens. The application submission period has ended.

2016                                   Arroyo Elementary       Rolling Ridge Elementary       Townsend Junior High Montclair High School
2015                                              Citrus Elementary
Eagle Canyon Elementary
Truman Middle School
Cortez Elementary
Etiwanda Colony
Golden Elementary
2014                                           Cal Aero Preserve Academy
Country Springs Elementary
Cypress Elementary
Offered a mini grant to schools with existing gardens.
Sultana Elementary
Edison Academy
Vina Danks Middle
Etiwanda Intermediate
2011                                      Monte Vista Elementary
Redeemer Elementary
Upland High
Los Osos High
2010                                    Rancho Cucamonga High School
Briggs Elementary
Mission Elementary
Montera Elementary
2009                                     Stork Elementary
Baldy View Elementary
Howard Cattle Elementary
Mariposa Elementary
2008                                         Anna Borba Elementary
Glenmeade Elementary
Grapeland Elementary
Jasper Elementary
Ontario Center School
Ranch View Elementary
2007                                    Chaparral Elementary
Linda Vista Elementary
EJ Marshall Elementary
Los Amigos Elementary
Oak Park Elementary
Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary
Peppertree Elementary
2006                                              Buena Vista-Arts Integrated
El Rancho Elementary
Liberty Elementary
Litel Elementary
Poplar Elementary
Sycamore Elementary
Victoria Groves Elementary
2005                                         Coyote Canyon Elementary
Foothill Knolls Elementary
Hidden Trails Elementary
Newman Elementary
North Tamarind Elementary
2004                                   Alta Loma Elementary
Butterfield Ranch Elementary
Euclid Elementary
Grant Elementary
Lehigh Elementary
Magnolia Elementary
Rhodes Elementary


Inland Empire Utilities Agency (IEUA) and Partnering Agencies: Chino, Chino Hills, Chino Basin Water Conservation District, Cucamonga Valley Water District, Fontana Water Company, Monte Vista Water District, Ontario Municipal Utilities Company, and Upland.

Garden in Every School® is a registered trademark of the National Garden Association.