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Brick and Bench Campaign

Make your mark on Salisbury Academy's Outdoor Learning Space! A limited number of benches and 4" x 8" brick pavers are available to be named and beautifully integrated into Salisbury Academy's Outdoor Learning Space. Share your passion for this exciting project by having your name on a brick or bench, or name a piece in  honor of someone special to you - a favorite teacher, recent grad, or in memoriam. Name a brick for $250 or a bench for $1,000 to $1,500.

Contact Salisbury Academy's Development Office to learn more

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Project Green Space

In the spring of 2015, Salisbury Academy launched Project Green Space, an initiative to enhance the school’s outdoor learning environment while developing conservation-minded students and an energy-efficient and low-waste school facility. 

Since launching Project Green Space, Salisbury Academy has:

  • earned recognition as an N.C. Green School of Excellence, making it one of just 5 NC Green Schools of Excellence in the state.

  • formed close ties with The LandTrust for Central North Carolina, Catawba College Center for the Environment and other local farms and organizations invested in sustainability, including Two Pigs Farm, The Rowan Redbuds Society, and Bread Riot. 

  • increased students' environmental literacy through a wide variety of inquiry-based, hands-on science explorations.

  • rolled out an LED lighting conversion to significantly reduce the school's carbon footprint.

First grade students add soil nutrients and measure soil temperatures in preparation for the late winter/early spring planting of the school garden.


SA's Outdoor Learning Space

The need for student engagement with the natural world has never been greater. With an understanding that outdoor play fosters many critical learning skills including reasoning, focus, self-control, and persistence - all while enhancing students' academic, physical, and psychological health - Salisbury Academy will break ground this spring on a dynamic Outdoor Learning Sanctuary. Features of the space will include walking trails, a dry creek bed, an amphitheater, discovery gardens, play areas, and a wealth of native trees, plants, and grasses. 

Salisbury Academy's Outdoor Learning Space will be a landscape that connects children with nature, encourages them to take risks, and inspires students to investigate, explore, analyze, and create. This space will be utilized by both Salisbury Academy and the community at large, whether through nature-based workshops, family days, or even as a field trip site for other schools.

View the full plans for the Salisbury Academy Outdoor Learning Space

Learn more about Project Green Space Naming Opportunities

Interested donors are encouraged to contact Tracey Baird at

Environmental Curriculum

Salisbury Academy incorporates environmental education into our science curriculum across all grade levels. With the new integration of the North American Association for Environmental Education Standards and the North Carolina Environmental Literacy Plan, students are able to connect environmental concepts with outdoor learning experiences. These inquiry-based opportunities help grow scientific process skills, provide understanding of current environmental issues, and offer service learning experiences beyond the classroom walls. 

A healthy lifestyle through increased movement, garden-based nutrition and outdoor play is promoted through Salisbury Academy's wellness culture. Outdoor play is encouraged in all grades JK-8 and healthy eating is encouraged school-wide. The establishment of the school's edible garden allows students to study the importance of eating locally grown products, free of pesticides. 


Make an online gift to Project Green Space

View Phase One of Salisbury Academy's Outdoor Learning Space 

Salisbury Academy broke ground on May 31, 2017 on phase one of our Outdoor Learning Space. The space will serve as a resource for the entire community and will inspire students to investigate, explore, analyze, and create.

Project Green Space Naming Opportunities 

Contact Salisbury Academy's development office to learn more about naming opportunities.

Salisbury Academy has been named an NC Green School of Excellence. This honor is the highest level of green school recognition in the state and makes Salisbury Academy one of just five NC Green Schools of Excellence in North Carolina.

After achieving the status as an NC Green School of Promise in the 2015-2016 school year, Salisbury Academy continues to push onward in efforts to create a sustainable school and develop environmental stewards. Salisbury Academy earned the rank of a NC Green School of Excellence in June of 2017. Read more

Salisbury Academy eighth-graders created a Bluebird Trail for Salisbury Academy. Students dug holes and sunk posts for 5 bluebird houses that were distributed in different, north-facing places around campus.

SA's Student-Led Green Initiatives

Our student-led initiatives make a measurable impact on both the school community and the community at large. Successful green initiatives at SA have included the establishment of a Bluebird Trail and a school garden, rainwater collection and trash/compost sorting systems, and other conservation efforts. 

Salisbury Academy students served as the pilot group for The LandTrust for Central North Carolina's Leopold Society program. Read more