garden transition from before to after planting and 1 year later

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.

Helpful Resources
2019-2020 GIES Overview
School Gardens Map

Garden Program Eligibility

Kids gardening at school

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 Garden in Every School® program year must attend a mandatory workshop.


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.

Grant Recipients

  • Hillside High School
  • St. George Parish School
  • Valley View
  • Offered a mini grant to schools with existing gardens.
  • Arroyo Elementary
  • Rolling Ridge Elementary
  • Townsend Elementary
  • Montclair Elementary
  • Citrus Elementary
  • Eagle Canyon Elementary
  • Truman Middle School
  • Cortez Elementary
  • Etiwanda Colony
  • Golden Elementary
  • 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
  • Monte Vista Elementary
  • Redeemer Elementary
  • Upland High
  • Los Osos High
  • Rancho Cucamonga High School
  • Briggs Elementary
  • Mission Elementary
  • Montera Elementary
  • Stork Elementary
  • Baldy View Elementary
  • Howard Cattle Elementary
  • Mariposa Elementary
  • Anna Borba Elementary
  • Glenmeade Elementary
  • Grapeland Elementary
  • Jasper Elementary
  • Ontario Center School
  • Ranch View Elementary
  • Chaparral Elementary
  • Linda Vista Elementary
  • EJ Marshall Elementary
  • Los Amigos Elementary
  • Oak Park Elementary
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary
  • Peppertree Elementary
  • Buena Vista-Arts Integrated
  • El Rancho Elementary
  • Liberty Elementary
  • Litel Elementary
  • Poplar Elementary
  • Sycamore Elementary
  • Victoria Groves Elementary
  • Coyote Canyon Elementary
  • Foothill Knolls Elementary
  • Hidden Trails Elementary
  • Newman Elementary
  • North Tamarind Elementary
  • Alta Loma Elementary
  • Butterfield Ranch Elementary
  • Euclid Elementary
  • Grant Elementary
  • Lehigh Elementary
  • Magnolia Elementary
  • Rhodes Elementary