Captain Planet Foundation

Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is a 27-year-old nonprofit organization that inspires children to become the next generation of leaders, protecting and sustaining the Earth. The Foundation’s CPF Institute supports educators who envision a world where students are scientifically-literate critical thinkers and problem-solvers, inspired by nature, motivated to protect the planet, and empowered to make a difference. Our approach is to foster transformative change by increasing the capacity of formal and informal educators to engage students in exploring the environment as a context for learning, and in converting classrooms and schoolyards into learning labs where children can make sense of – and make a difference in – the real world.


What We Offer

Professional Learning for K-12 Teachers and Non-Formal Educators

  • Educator workshops
  • Conference presentations
  • Webinars
  • Online certification courses
  • Facilitator (train the trainer) workshops
  • Implementation charrettes and mentoring

Tools and Resources for Educators

  • 3-Dimensional and Next Gen lesson frameworks for grades K-12
  • ecoSTEM Kits – resources for transforming the schoolyard into a STEM Lab
  • GREAT Project Pathways – a scaffolded approach to project-based learning
  • Competency-based assessment tools and strategies


  • This American Land film series and lesson plans
  • Project success stories
  • Best practice guides


  • ecoSolution Grants
  • ecoTech Grants
  • ecoSTEM Kits (in lieu of cash)


Scheduled PD Offerings

Spring 2019 Professional Learning Workshops at Conferences


Thursday, April 11, 2019

From Science Ambassadors to 3D Science in the Schoolyard: Georgia Model for Professional Learning

National Science Teachers Association Conference

St. Louis, Missouri

5:00pm – 6:00pm

No cost other than conference registration


Saturday, April 13, 2019

GREAT Projects – a Scaffolded Approach to Phenomenon-, Problem-, and Project-Based Learning

National Science Teachers Association Conference

St. Louis, Missouri

8:00am – 4:00pm at Embassy Suites and Arch National Park (short course #9)

$38 plus conference registration – includes lunch


Friday, May 17, 2019

The Nature of Science, STEM, and Stewardship: Strategies for Transformative Teaching

Children & Nature Network International Conference

Oakland, California

10:00am – 4:00pm at Temescal Regional Rec Area Beach House

No cost other than conference registration – includes lunch and bus


June 7, 2019

Schoolyard Science: How Volunteers Can Help Make Learning More Relevant, Authentic, and Engaging

Georgia PTA Convention Leadership Training Conference

Atlanta, Georgia

Times to be determined

No cost other than conference registration


June 8, 2019

Farm 2 STEAM: Transforming School Gardens into STEAM Labs

Georgia Farm to School and Early Care and Education Summit

Macon, Georgia

Times to be determined

No cost other than conference registration