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C.A. Frost Environmental Science Academy

Summary
Our middle school and high school students learned about our watershed, how to care for it, and the politics that have historically and currently managed it.

6th grade – Started the year with a trip on the Angus as their introduction to our watershed. Throughout the year they focused on learning to identify trees and how they can help to reduce stormwater runoff.

7th grade – Focused on foods and how agricultural practices can affect our watershed.

8th grade – Studied the condition of the Brandywine Creek through chemical and biological analysis.

9th grade – Designed and planted a bioswale to help reduce runoff. Students also evaluated the chemical and biological condition of the Indian Mill Creek and the Brandywine Creek.

All students were involved in cleaning and marking the community storm drains. At the end of April we held our water conference to educate our community on ways to protect our watershed. This year’s conference had 6th through 9th grade participants. 6th and 7th grade students participated in the choirs Water themed concert. Students wrote statements regarding water protection that were shared during the concert.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship
Students know the path of the water from our school property to Lake Michigan and the importance of keeping storm drains clean to reduce pollution. Students can identify native plants, both woody and herbaceous, that can be used in gardens to help reduce runoff.

Number of Students
180

Number of Teachers
3

Partners
Grand Valley Metro Council / Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds
Blandford Nature Center

Funders
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality / U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Tags
stormwater, runoff, LID, agriculture, food production, wet meadow

Summary
5th through 8th grade students learned the path of our watershed starting from our school property. Various onsite activities along with trips to test the water quality of the Brandywine Creek, Indian Mill Creek, and the Grand River from downtown Grand Rapids to the mouth of the river in Grand Haven helped the students analyze the condition of our watershed. With this knowledge, students designed and implemented best management practices to help our community care for our watershed. Students hosted a community Water Night and conducted site assessment at neighboring properties.

Showcase Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j958xkPPuFA

Number of Students
202

Number of Teachers
8

Partners
Grand Valley Metro Council / Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds
Blandford Nature Center

Funders
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Tags
watershed, community, site assessment, water quality, best management practices

District
Grand Rapids Public Schools

School Website
http://www.grps.org/cafrost

2013-2014 Showcase Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGeBo3v6kFQ&feature=youtu.be

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