What is Green Steps?

Green Steps Schools is an environmental education and action initiative that recognizes schools in South Carolina who take annual sustainable steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible.

Click here to learn how your school can become a Green Steps School!

Calendar of Events/Deadlines

Announcing School Year 2013-2014 as the YEAR OF THE TURTLE in the Midlands! Calling all artists (ages 3-93) to make turtle sculptures from reclaimed materials. Selected sculptures will be placed around the region to advertise a Climate Change Workshop for educators and high school students at Saluda Shoals Park this spring…and other related events. Questions? contact jane.hiller@sonoco.com.

REGISTER NOW! Visit http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/recycle/action.htm to register. For more information, call 1-800-768-7348.


April 2014

Santee Birding and Nature Festival. April 25-27, What a great event with attendees from Colorodo to Texas to New York, you don't want to miss over 28 field excursions right in your backyard at the Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Santee State Park, and surrounding beautiful areas. Plus you don't want to miss a great keynote speech from Dr. Richard Porcher, Professor Emeritus at the Citadel. For more information please see flyer or register at www.santeebirdingfestival.com

Spring Plant Sale. Friday, April 25th from 8am to 5pm and Saturday, April 26th from 9am-12pm. 3000+ plants prices starting at $2 and up. For more information please see the flyer.

May 2014

SC high school students are invited to participate in the SC Envirothon, an evironmental science competition which will be held in Columbia on May 2, 2014. A FREE training session for interested coaches will be held at the Sandhills REC. on Clemson Road on Saturday, February 1st. Please see the registration form.

The 2014 National Conservation Poster Contest theme is Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the Soil. Richland County K-12 students are invited to submit their poster by May 15, 2014. Winners will receive cash prizes! Click here for more information about rules and entry forms.

Summer 2014

Camp Wildwood. June 15th-22nd for more information and forms please click here

FREE SC Teachers' Tour: Teaching Sustainable Forestry in Environmental Education. June 17-19 and June 23-26 in Columbia and Charleston. 45 Certificate Renewal Credit or 3 hours of graduate credit will be offered. Click here for more information about this great opportunity.

Take Action. Is a one day, comprehensive environmental education workshop for South Carolina educators. There will be three different dates for the workshop:

  • June 19th: at the Town of Lexington Conference Center
  • June 24th:  at the Pickens County Career and Technology Center
  • July 31st: at the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville

Take Action Today materials and lessons are from "Action for a cleaner tomorrow"- an award-winning, K-12, activity based, environmental curriculum supplement correlated to the state's science standards. This year's workshop will feature:

  • local recycling and composting programs
  • networking and collaboration opportunties
  • field trips to see green practices

Winners of Take Action Today awards will also be recognized.

REGISTER NOW! Visit www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/recycle/action.htm and choose the workshop you’d like to register for. Please only register for one workshop. Space will be limited to 100 teachers per workshop, so register early. For more information, call 1-800-768-7348.



Grant opportunities for the Fall

Check out 'MY GREEN APPS' - your destination for over 100 apps to help you understand and protect the environment. Click here to visit the US EPA My Green Apps site!



Floyd Dinkins, Green Steps teacher at C A Taylor ES in Lexington 2 received the Golden Apple Award from WLTX.

Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, one of only 7 Certified SC Green Step Schools, has a new boardwalk made from repurposed wooden pallets. Read about their project..."Teachers Lead Community Effort to Build Garden Boardwalk". You can also read the article on the Green Steps School Face Book page.

A Greenville County Girl Scout Troop that was selected as one of ten nationwide recipients of the EARTH SAVERS Rain Garden Grant!


2012 "Take Action Today" Teacher Workshop PowerPoint Presentations

For presentations from the 2012 Take Action Today workshops click here.

For 2012 Take Action Today award winners click here.