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CAPTAIN PLANET 25 YEARS

CAPTAIN PLANET 25 YEARS
2017
July 5

PLG Expansion

Learning Garden opens 10 new gardens in the LA Unified School District & launches in the UK in cooperation with Garden Organic & Seeds of Change.
June 29

Project Hero Pilot

Project Hero pilots in GA, CO, TX, and CA, as a project based learning tool and framework that connects kids to information about locally threatened species, and guides them on a Quest to uncover and implement solutions.  
2016
August 24

25th Anniversary & ecoSTEM

CPF celebrates its 25th anniversary as an organization, and launches a partnership with DonorsChoose.org making best practice hands-on science learning, citizen science, field investigations, and youth-led stewardship projects available through curated EcoSTEM Resource Kits in the subjects of: Pollinators, Renewable Energy, Soils & Decomposition and Water Stewardship.
2015
August 24

Celebration Series & 200 Gardens

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the animated series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, CPF hosts the Celebration Series – seven events in five cities (Atlanta, London, New York, Paris, and San Francisco). CPF installs its 200th Project Learning Garden school and adds a fifth (5) FoodCorps member to..Read More
2014
August 24

Project Hero

CPF convenes a group of a dozen like-minded conservation and education foundations in Bozeman, MT to discuss a collaborative project to engage K-12 students and their natural empathy for endangered species in a solution-driven web platform to restore habitat loss and reverse biodiversity decline. Participants included: Defenders of Wildlife, E.O...Read More
2013
August 24

SAGES & Millionth Student Impacted

Under an MOU with Georgia Department of Education, the CPF Education Leadership Center begins working with exemplary science teachers to develop SAGES (Science for All Generations Through Environmental Leadership) – a curriculum that uses the Framework for K-12 education to teach three-dimensional science using the environment as a context for..Read More
2012
August 24

New Team & Programs

CPF hires Leesa Carter-Jones as the new Executive Director and the team begins implementing its first operating program, Project Learning Garden in the Atlanta-metro region under the direction of Kyla Van Deusen. That same year, CPF begins building the Education Leadership Center, under the direction of Karan Wood, to begin..Read More
2011
August 24

1st Annual Captain Planet Foundation Gala

During the 20th year celebration, the annual Captain Planet Foundation Gala is born and the Board of Directors develops a new strategic vision for the Foundation. They instruct the staff to review the 20 years of grant-funded projects to determine if there are “best practice” programs and projects that the..Read More
2007
August 24

CPF gets rights to show

CPF acquires the rights to exhibit previous episodes of Captain Planet and the Planeteers online and on-air, allowing this valuable resource to reach out and educate the children of today!
2003
August 24

Down to Earth Day Kids Fest

CPF launches its inaugural Down to Earth Day Kids Fest. In its first year, it brings together over 500 youth and their families to celebrate Earth Day by sampling some of the amazing activities that local environmental education partners have to offer the Atlanta community.
2001
August 24

Captain Planet Foundation becomes independent public nonprofit

In the face of a challenging merger with AOL, Time Warner decides to shut down the Captain Planet Foundation. Two of Atlanta’s most dedicated environmental activists, Laura Turner Seydel, the daughter of Ted Turner, and her husband Rutherford were so impassioned by the grassroots efforts of the Foundation to educate..Read More
1996
August 24

Final season of Captain Planet & Planeteers airs

After six years of inspiring eco-adventures, Captain Planet and the Planeteers airs its final season. Throughout its original run, the series received multiple Emmy Nominations, Environmental Media Awards, Parents’ Choice, and Genesis Awards, proving that education doesn’t have to come at the expense of entertainment. Captain Planet and the Planeteers’..Read More
1991
August 24

Captain Planet Foundation is established

The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is born when series Producer Barbara Pyle negotiates a percentage of the show’s merchandising revenue to empower young people, putting Captain Planet’s message of environmental stewardship and teamwork into practice. Schools and organizations around the world present their environmental projects to the Foundation and receive..Read More
1990
August 24

Show launches

Captain Planet and the Planeteers launches to worldwide acclaim. The 113-episode series rockets to the top of the charts as the world’s first ever edutainment ‘eco-toon.’ Syndicated in over 220 U.S. markets and in over 100 countries worldwide, it consistently ranks No. 1 in Nielsen ratings.
1989
August 24

Inspiration for Captain Planet and the Planeteers

“We need a super hero for the Earth. Let’s call him Captain Planet,” exclaims Ted Turner. The animated television series Captain Planet and the Planeteers is conceived by Ted Turner and Barbara Pyle together. This historic and award-winning program is developed and produced by Barbara Pyle and her team, Nick..Read More