What is Coastal Roots?

Students from 2nd grade through high school are taking part in this project to learn about and become environmental stewards of their natural resources by establishing native plant nurseries at their schools. Students are growing native plant seedlings and grass plugs that they will plant in a coastal habitat restoration project in south Louisiana.

There are currently 46 schools across 17 Louisiana parishes currently participating in the LSU Coastal Roots Program.

Students are working with a variety of native trees, including Water Oak, Tupelo Gum, Nuttall Oak, Water Hickory, Native Pecan, and Native Persimmon - just to name a few. A number of our schools also grow bitter panicum, a beach dune grass, that is planted on Grand Isle and on the beaches of Cameron Parish.