Captain Planet Foundation & Cox Enterprises partner again to bring Project Learning Garden to elementary schools in the Nashville Metro Region

Application Deadline: April 1, 2024

Captain Planet Foundation’s (CPF) Project Learning Garden Program is replete with opportunities to support inquiry-based, immersive learning experiences in STEAM education for students of all levels and ages. In conjunction with applied principles of project-based learning, gardens provide teachers and students with outdoor laboratories full of natural phenomena to be observed, explored, questioned, and investigated. Gardens provide meaningful anchors where standard learning objectives merge with real-world experiences, making many of the concepts we teach relevant and relatable to students’ lives.

And let’s not forget the yummy stuff! School gardens are a perfect way to develop young palates for a variety of fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables. CPF’s mobile cooking cart, complete with a Vitamix blender and induction burner, provide educators with everything they need to have a harvest and tasting event in the garden or classroom year round.

This partnership brings to life Cox Enterprises’ commitment to empowering people to build a better future for the next generation. Cox employees may volunteer to help install and harvest the gardens at all schools selected under this program, and your school may be selected for a special media day and tasting event!

Cox Enterprises PLG schools will receive:

  • Five raised garden beds 
  • Fully-equipped Mobile Cooking Cart to prepare garden-fresh recipes
  • Access to CPF’s online garden-based lessons, spanning all content areas and grade levels
  • Materials and supplies to support project-based lessons and garden-based activities
  • Online professional development and training for teachers
  • Strategies for summer garden maintenance
  • Cox Associate volunteer day for garden installation
Package valued at $6,000

To be eligible, an Entrant must be nominating an accredited elementary school located in the following Territories:

Nashville: Within a 25-mile radius of the city center.

Cox Enterprises is a leader in the broadband, automotive and media industries, while strategically investing in emerging technologies driving the future of cleantech, health care, and public sector services. Its major operating subsidiaries are Cox Communications and Cox Automotive, which includes brands like Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Cox is a global company with $20 billion in annual revenues and a proud 125-year history. To learn more about Cox and its commitment to its people, planet and communities, visit

Cox Associates — do you know of an elementary school (K-5) in the greater New Orleans area, Northern Virginia, Irvine, and/or Orange County regions that you think would benefit from an awesome schoolyard garden program? Nominate a school to receive Project Learning Garden using the form below and we will send them an invitation to apply and give you a shout out for your nomination!