STEM MICRO Learning Forests

Schoolyard Micro Forests

using the Miyawaki Method

Planting day

Cragmont Elementary,

Berkeley CA

One year later

King Middle School,

Berkeley CA

Learning Forests

  • Connect students with nature and outdoor learning
  • empower students to make a difference by participating in a climate change solution
  • Improve student/ community wellness

Learning Opportunities

  • STEM Scientific Data gathering
  • Social Emotional Wellness
  • Cultural, social, medicinal

significance of native plants

  • Indigenous Land stewardship values

Introduction to Miyawaki Forests

  • Densely-planted native species
  • Diverse, multi-layered forests
  • Quick to establish (3 years) and mature (20-30 years)
  • Virtually maintenance-free

  • Rewild underutilized urban spaces,
  • Reintroduce native plant and

animal species.

  • Reduce water consumption to a fraction
  • Rehabilitate soil health


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Faster growth

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more dense

Corporate Buildable Trees
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more carbon sequestered

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more biodiversity

Corporate Buildable Corals

Benefits for Schools

  • Replace lawn or blacktop with drought-tolerant native plants.

  • Address the urban heat island effect with a cooling microclimate

  • Boost physical and mental health

Dr. Akira Miyawaki was a Japanese botanist and plant ecology expert.

His method of afforestation (planting forests in previously

un-treed areas) allows for the rapid creation of urban pockets of forest.

Dr. Akira Miyawaki

Impact of Learning Forests in Berkeley, CA:

  • Engaged 250+ volunteers, 55+ teachers, and 1,450+ school children in planting
  • 4,000 saplings, 4 schoolyard forests
  • Each forest hosts at least 20 native species
  • Average of 90% survival rate
  • Average height of trees is 12 ft after one year

Interested in planting a Learning Forest at your school? Want to learn more?

Contact Green Pocket Forests