Groundswell is a place-based environmental education program housed in the College of Education at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We support K-12 educators who want to take their students beyond the classroom, in partnership with a coalition of community organizations.
Groundswell students engage in community-based learning and environmental stewardship to protect the Grand River and the Great Lakes. We provide free teacher training, project funding, connections with community partners, and additional support depending on the school’s individual needs and interests.
Groundswell is one of nine local networks, called hubs, of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) in Michigan.
Thirty community partners representing business, government, nonprofit, and education gathered to develop the hub.
Programming began with 7 schools; Called the Kent County Grand River Watershed hub.
Branded as Groundswell with mission to support K-12 teachers in place-based environmental education and academic service learning pedagogies.
We continue to expand the program, increasing our support for educators engaging students in high-quality place-based environmental education.