Spark-Y School Programs

Hands-on class programming


Before being in a Spark-Y program 41% of students thought they could change the world. After completing a Spark-Y program 94% of students thought they could change the world.

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.

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

  • 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.

2017-2018 School and program partners

Edison High School: 

  • EASY Pro (Edible Agriculture School Yard Professional) elective
  • LEAF biology course
  • Global communities course
  • Career seminar and campus service

Roosevelt High School:

  • RUF Squad (Roosevelt Urban Farm Program) elective

Crossroads Elementary:

  • iZone (inquiry learning) and aquaponics lab

Minnesota Internship Center: Downtown and Sabathani campuses
Prairie View Elementary School
Northeast Middle School
Integrated Arts Academy
School of Environmental Studies
Fine Arts & Interdisciplinary Resources School, Crystal
Southside Family Charter School
Pillsbury Elementary
Columbia Heights High School
Community School of Excellence

If you are interested in partnering with Spark-Y, please use the School Partnership Request form at the bottom of this page.

I absolutely loved working with all of the education facilitators I had the opportunity to work with and would do so again in a heartbeat.
— Minneapolis teacher / program partner

What's New in School Programs:

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Featured School Program: Crossroads Elementary School

Unique to Spark-Y's traditional school programs, is Crossroads Elementary School, where we provide a hands-on immersive science experience for youth in grades 3-5. Spark-Y reinvigorated Crossroad’s iZone (inquiry learning zone) with a large aquaponics system, learning lab, and science-driven learning stations. Students learn science basics, such as question-asking, forming a hypothesis, data collection, and presenting a conclusion. This process encourages youth to build skills in the spirit of play and exploration. At Crossroads, science is a cornerstone of their Montessori-based education and Spark-Y is thrilled to provide hands-on sustainability education to this bright group of young people.

Learn more about Crossroads Elementary, here

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:

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: