The Atlanta-based Captain Planet Foundation was co-founded by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle in 1991 and now chaired by his daughter Laura Turner Seydel. The Foundation supports high-quality, hands-on environmental stewardship projects that have enabled more than 1.1M youth across the U.S. and around the world make significant environmental improvements to their schools or communities.
In addition to its Small Grants Program, CPF is installing hundreds of Learning Gardens in public schools in Atlanta, GA and Ventura, CA to introduce students to natural systems, food origins, life cycles and the flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables. The program provides teachers with training on outdoor classroom management, standards-based curriculum, and lesson kits – so students can learn math, science, history, language arts and health – in the context of project-based learning in the garden.
CPF’s afterschool “Planeteer Clubs” help students implement programs that save schools money on energy, water, and waste, while implementing clean-air measures that reduce exposure to air pollution. And CPF is also involved in a variety of science education initiatives that exploit the intersections between technology, innovation, the environment and personal action.
The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. The unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world - as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.
CPF Small Grants Program - The CPF Small Grants Program provides critical ‘gap funding’ to formal and non-formal educators who seek to implement high-quality, solution-based programs that empower youth to become environmental stewards and global environmental change-makers.
Captain Planet’s Learning Gardens Program - Since its inception, CPF has been supporting schools and communities in their efforts to install gardens and outdoor learning environments.
Youth Planeteer Clubs - The Youth Planeteer Clubs support the expansion of the Captain Planet message and impact through after-school programs that can be tied to the Girl Scouts’ Journey Programs and other after-school organizations. Planeteer Clubs implement five programs (energy conservation, water conservation, recycling, clean air schools and sustainability leadership) in and around their schools.
Captain Planet Leadership Center - The Leadership Center supports both Captain Planet Foundation’s grant-funded programs, including student-led environmental education projects across the world, and its internally operated programs, such as the Learning Gardens and Youth Planeteer Clubs.
SAGES: Science for All Generations through Environmental Stewardship - CPF is launching a four-year, $1.9 million campaign to create an ‘environmental and natural science pathway’ through new science standards being adopted by a coalition of states.
Captain Planet Foundation’s Partnership with This American Land - Captain Planet Foundation grantees are featured on “This American Land”, a television show that airs on PBS and features stories about conservation of the nation’s land and wildlife.