Leadership Center

The Captain Planet Foundation Leadership Center bridges the Foundation’s external programs, such as grants to support environmental education projects across the world, and its internal programs, including the Learning Gardens, Youth Planeteer Clubs and other demonstration projects. Its mission is to support environmental literacy and stewardship by promoting best practices in the field. Inspired by ideas gleaned from twenty years of Foundation-funded projects; and based on research into childhood education and activities; as well as evaluation of promising programs, the Leadership Center shares the most effective curricula, techniques, approaches and strategies for empowering the next generation of Earth’s caretakers.

Curriculum and Projects

  • Best environmental ed for K-12
  • Citizen science & stewardship projects
  • Aligned to Next Gen Science Standards


  • Funders and freebies for ee
  • Creating outdoor learning areas
  • Teacher toolkit, lessons, and links

Best Practices

  • How-to guides for grant applicants
  • Model programs and protocols
  • Making ee programs resilient

Success Stories

  • A group of third, fourth and fifth-grade students gather to listen for frogs
  • Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, Inc
  • Energy-saving stoves and Sustainable Fruit Tree Planting in Uganda

Small Grants

  • $500 - $2500 matching grants
  • Empower kids to solve problems
  • Foster hands-on learning

Learning Gardens

  • Garden templates and designs
  • Lessons aligned to standards
  • Wiki for teachers

Youth Planeteer Clubs

  • Fun eco-activities for kids
  • Projects to save the Earth
  • Register your Club here

Global Planeteers

  • Meet other grown-up Planeteers
  • Plan events and create change
  • Planet Blog and @ #GoPlanet

Recent News & Events

Dole & FOODShare Ventura partner with CPF to bring Project Learning Garden to 6 more CA schools!

Posted: December 23 By Ventura County Star “Don’t worry if they’re not perfect — enjoy the process,” Bonnie Atmore told a roomful of apron-wearing, glue-wielding, rice-spreading employees of Dole Packaged […]


At only 16 Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is leading youth in becoming stewards of the environment!

Teen leads effort to save environment Posted: December 25 By CNN/CNN Online