Thank you for your interest in Groundswell! If you are new to the program, read on to learn more about the benefits Groundswell offers teachers and steps for getting involved. If you are a returning Groundswell teacher, please click here to access the current Groundswell program forms and project funding applications.
What is Groundswell?
Groundswell is a place-based environmental education program housed in the College of Education at Grand Valley State University. We match schools with community organizations to create hands-on learning opportunities for K-12 students in West Michigan.
What Does Groundswell Provide?
Becoming a Groundswell educator will provide you with numerous resources to support place-based education and environmental stewardship in your school. You will gain access to:
What Does Participation Involve?
There are multiple ways to participate in Groundswell, and our staff will work with you to find the best fit for you. Opportunities for participation include:
We strongly encourage teams of multiple teachers (at the same school or different schools). This approach allows for collaboration, enhances in-school support, and provides expanded place-based education opportunities for students. If you are just starting out, we do offer options for individual teachers.
Typical School-Year Timeline: