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Dutton Elementary

Summary
Dutton Elementary School is working on a three-phase plan to include an outdoor learning center, native plant garden, and new playground. Students helped design and implement a native revegetation project to infiltrate stormwater on school property. In Spring 2016, students planted two small native vegetation gardens as seed gardens.

Prior to planning and planting the native plant garden, the students learned about watersheds from local to the Great Lakes. We participated in a debate about whether to purchase or create our own enviroscapes. After determining we would create our own, the students created enviroscapes with teams, presented the model, and then modified according to what they observed.

Students observed our local storm drains along the sidewalks of Dutton. Students participated in the creation of three rain barrels for our native plant garden. We took a field trip to Shadyside Park to study macroinvertebrates. After classifying and counting macroinvertebrates, the students were able to determine the pollution level of Plaster Creek. Later we took a field trip from Shadyside Park in Dutton to downtown Grand Rapids where the creek meets the Grand River. Students were able to see how the choices of upstream members affect the downstream partners.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship
Students gained knowledge and experience about a watershed. They learned that Michigan has the largest body of fresh water in the world. They understood the relationship between privilege and responsibility we have in Michigan. They are now equipped with a passion for being good stewards of our environment.

Number of Students
45

Number of Teachers
2

Partners
Plaster Creek Stewards
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)
Gootjes Landscape
Dutton Fire Department

Funders
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Tags
stormwater, runoff, rain barrels, native vegetation, outdoor classroom

Summary
Foundational learning was conducted about watersheds and our own watershed here at Dutton. The project began with inquiry about a watershed. The inquiry lead to further questions and on site investigations of the Dutton Community and Plaster Creek at Shady Side Park. Students studied stormwater runoff in their community and built models of their community. The learning also included a trip to the mouth of Plaster Creek.

Number of Students
28

Number of Teachers
1

Partners
Calvin College – Plaster Creek Stewards
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Funders
Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

Tags
watershed, site investigations, stormwater, runoff, model

District
Caledonia Schools

School Website
http://www.calschools.org/dutton-elem/

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