Northwest Prep School, Santa Rosa CA


NWP is a public 7-12 grade school in northwest Santa Rosa with a diverse student body and innovative trans-disciplinary project based learning approach. All courses revolve around a chosen inquiry theme such as water, immigration, elections, etc. This year’s inquiry on homelessness and hunger has inspired a redesign of the campus to serve as free food hub. In collaboration with OAEC, students have designed and are installing a perennial food forest in the front of the school. The food forest is the basis for the ongoing Seed to Table course in which students learn to grow and cook food as well as harvest extra for donation to local shelters. The school covers 8-acres and is home to five different educational programs including pre-school, special ed, elementary and high school. OAEC’s Permaculture Design Course participants help design specific campus areas for the on-site NWP student groups who install them. Learn more about our Resilient Schools Program>

The NWP campus also has a seed growing plot site for our Wheat Biodiversity project.
Roof water catchment system for garden irrigation.
NWP students demarcating garden beds.
OAEC Permaculture Design Course student team creates an integrated design for the NWP school site.