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Plantations Environmental Education Program for Sustainability (PEEPS)

Please note: We are not currently offering this program.

In this program, high school teens (ages 14-18) will work alongside Cornell students, staff and faculty to design and build a “sustainable backyard” demonstration garden and take part in community outreach activities.

Along the way, teens will gain valuable job and leadership skills and an appreciation of the plant world through gardening, exploring Cornell Botanic Gardens' horticultural collections and natural areas, and discovering ways to be environmental advocates.

Program at a Glance

  • Teens entering 9th – 11th grade can become part of the PEEPS program through an online application process. Learn more about how to apply.

  • Participants commit to after school  sessions in spring from March to June, attend the six-week summer program, attend six fall Saturday sessions and participate in the program for 2-4 hours each week during September and October. Click here for important dates.

  • As a three-tiered program, participants are encouraged to return each year to build new skills that come with each tier. Learn more here

  • Participating students receive a monetary award at the completion of the program each year.