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Garden In Every School Program

Recently Completed School Gardens


Monte Vista Elementary School, Montclair


Monte Vista Elementary School, Montclair


Students planting plants in Our Lady of Lourdes's garden

The Garden in Every School® program was created in 2004 to educate children and their families, school staff and members of the community about wise water use through the establishment of thematic school gardens that feature drought tolerant plants and efficient irrigation methods. Garden curricula and associated activities are aligned with California Content Standards.

Benefits of School Gardens

  • Encourages wise water use
  • Underscores good nutritional habits
  • Illustrates the web of life
  • Celebrates multi-cultural awareness
  • Effective with various learning modalities
  • Increases students' self esteem
  • Builds teamwork
  • Enhances academic instruction
  • Incorporates interdisciplinary learning


  • Schools located in the cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Ontario, Upland, Montclair, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana
  • Attendance at mandatory learning workshop prior to submitting application
  • Commitment by school administration, lead teacher and district maintenance department
  • One school per city per academic year will be awarded a grant to create the garden

Required Design Criteria

  • Irrigation accessibility within 20 feet of proposed garden site
  • Proposed site must not be larger than 2,000 square feet
  • Use of California Friendly® plants & efficient irrigation system
  • Can have up to six (6) vegetable beds
  • Use of themes (bird & butterfly, Salsa, Native American, Peter Rabbit, etc.)
  • Water feature optional (not funded by program)

Buena Vista Elementary School's Garden Dedication


A grant of $4,500 will be awarded to one school per city each year to include:

  • Garden design - Chino Basin Water Conservation District
  • Irrigation equipment and plant materials
  • Compost, mulch
  • Constructioner


  • Inland Empire Utilities Agency (lead agency)
  • Monte Vista Water District
  • Cucamonga Valley Water District
  • Fontana Water Company
  • San Antonio Water Company
  • Cities of Chino, Chino Hills, Upland, Ontario & Fontana
  • Chino Basin Water Conservation District
  • Lewis Group of Companies
  • Kellogg Garden Products

School Gardens in Monte Vista Water District's Service Area

  • 2011-2012 Monte Vista Elementary School, Montclair
  • 2010-2011 Briggs Elementary School, Chino
  • 2010-2011 Montera Elementary School, Montclair
  • 2007-2008 Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Montclair
  • 2006-2007 Buena Vista Arts Integrated Elementary School, Montclair
  • 2005-2006 Newman Elementary School, Chino
  • 2004-2005 Lehigh Elementary School, Montclair

For more information or to obtain an application, email acarruthers@ieua.org or call (909) 993-1935.