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Forest Hills Meadow Brook Elementary

Summary
Our project incorporated Groundswell, our regional hub of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, to make a positive impact on the Grand River and ultimately the Great Lakes. With the support of community partners and student organizations 3rd and 4th grade students monitored our school watershed through a site inventory, stream sampling, runoff collection, and land management in order to return the property at Meadow Brook to its original ecosystems (woodlands, wetlands, and meadow). Students used this information to restore creek banks damaged by erosion, eradicate invasive species throughout woodland and wetland areas, and add wood chips back to hiking paths.  Students also collected data, analyzed findings, and compared data from fall to spring.

Students also composted lunchroom waste with the aid of worm composting. The vermicompost will be returned to the property as a way of restoring soil health, improving plant growth and water quality. As stewards of their land, students were actively involved in decision-making and planning service learning. They initiated, organized, and implemented place-based learning with school-wide and community activities.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship
Students can community to their community the importance of being stewards of their watershed and to help make decisions that improve their quality of living.

Number of Students
62

Number of Teachers
2

Partners
Ada Township Parks
VermiChester
Koetsier’s Greenhouse
Plarn

Funders
Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative

Tags
vermicompost, invasive species, erosion

Summary
Our project incorporated Groundswell, our regional hub of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, and demonstrated the impact the Grand River and ultimately the Great Lakes has on their school. With the support of community partners and student organizations 3rd and 4th grade students monitored our school watershed through a site inventory, stream sampling, runoff collection, and land management in order to return the property at Meadow Brook to its original ecosystems (woodlands, wetlands, and meadow). Students also collected data, analyzed findings, and presented results about the impact of their work to the community. As stewards of their land, students were actively involved in decision-making and planning service learning. They initiated, organized, and implemented place-based learning activities.

Showcase Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18-uw2odI28

Number of Students
134

Number of Teachers
3

Partners
Koetsier’s Greenhouse
Ada Township Parks
AbonoChar

Funders
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Tags
invasive species, land management, runoff

District
Forest Hills Public Schools

School Website
http://www.fhps.net/meadowbrook/

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