Calgary Board of Education


What is Enviro- Lab?
The North-east corner of our school yard at Sam Livingston School used to be asphalt and pea gravel. Phase I of our naturalization project in 2002, encompassed a total of 900 square meters. This area is now flourishing with trees, shrubs, grasses and other plants that are all representative of the grassland and foothills regions of Alberta.  An added addition has been the many rabbits that frequent the area and become residents. “Sam”, as they are all named, has become our school mascot.

Thank you to everyone who helped build Enviro- Lab Phase II. This montane region of Alberta is now represented in our school yard naturalized area. A huge thanks to the committee: George Harris of Harris & Harris Site Architecture for design and organization of materials, Cara Gibson for organization of the project and volunteers and Nigel Sparling for his support with organization of the project. This committee with Mme Laurelle worked tirelessly to make this project a success. Thank you to school council for their generous contributions with money and food & drinks. Thank you to staff for supporting the project. Thank you to parent for your support with fundraising and family planting nights. Merci tout le monde!


Parent volunteers and students are welcome to help tidy up the lab. We need lots of hands to pick up garbage, turn the composters, take out the weeds, trim dead branches, apply mulch, water this area during the summer and whatever else is needed. Everyone is welcome to help out, even for short amounts of time. Feel free to "spruce up" the Envirolab whenever you can. You can help care for the Envirolab by removing garbage and pulling weeds. Remember to place weeds in the garbage rather than in compost bins.

For more information about what's happening in the Envirolab, please contact Janelle Gaudet, School Council, at