Spark-Y School Programs

Hands-on class programming

Spark-Y integrates sustainable projects into classrooms, schools, and elective programs providing experiential education for youth throughout the Twin Cities. Our model is to pair hands-on agriculture systems, such as aquaponics, with curriculum focused on sustainability, entrepreneurship, and STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning.

  • Spark-Y school programs serve elementary, junior, and high school youth.
  • Engagement spans weekly and bi-weekly facilitation to daily elective courses.
  • Programming is facilitated by Spark-Y action educators.
  • Our programs fit the format and goals of each school partner.

72% of our program participants qualify for free or reduced school lunches.

What's New in School Programs:

from the blog:

2016-2017 School and program partners

Edison High School: 

  • EASY Pro (Edible Agriculture School Yard Professional) elective
  • EEA (Edison Entrepreneurial Academy) program
  • Global communities course

Roosevelt High School:

  • RUF Squad (Roosevelt Urban Farm Program) elective

Crossroads Elementary:

  • iZone (inquiry learning) and aquaponics lab

Minnesota Internship Center: Downtown, Unity and Sabathani campuses
Prairie View Elementary School
Northeast Middle School
Integrated Arts Academy
School of Environmental Studies
Bright Water Montessori School
Fine Arts & Interdisciplinary Resources School, Crystal
Southside Family Charter School
Hill Murray High School



School partnership request form:

Interested in providing your school or organization with sustainable, hands-on education for youth?  
Fill out our partnership request form and we will gladly get in touch with you:

Featured School Program: Edison High school

Spark-Y action educators assisting Edison youth in the build of an on-site aquaponics system.

Spark-Y action educators assisting Edison youth in the build of an on-site aquaponics system.

Spark-Y partnered with Edison High School in 2015 to pilot an elective program - EASY Pro (Edible Agriculture School Yard Professional), where students gain elective science credit for participating in this hands-on learning program. While continuing this program, for 2016-2017, Spark-Y is launching other initiatives that have helped to make Edison the greenest campus in Minnesota:

  • An accredited course focused on English, science, and business through hands-on projects. (Entrepreneurial Academy).
  • A freshman Global Communities Course, where students learn about sustainability and its impact in their communities.
  • Campus-specific internship opportunities for youth, including mentorship and stipends. Previous projects included greenhouse maintenance, gardening and aquaponics system care.

Get to Know our School Program Director

"This year we're focused on increasing our impact and serving more schools, while fiercely maintaining the quality of our programming."
- Rhiannon
Rhiannon Dalrymple serves as Program Director for Spark-Y, overseeing the programming at each of our partner schools, including curriculum and staff educators.  Her goal is always to match Spark-Y programming with what school partners want to achieve for their students and campuses.
For interested teachers or school leaders that are looking to implement green campuses or provide sustainable and entrepreneurial programming at their schools, you can connect with Rhiannon via email: