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North Park Montessori

Summary
The project came to me based on a question one of my fifth graders had last year. He was wondering how we can make Lamberton Creek a clean water source again. He came up with this thought because he overheard some 6th graders talking about their going out experience at Lamberton Creek. The 6th graders were talking about how they got to test the creek for different types of water species. My fifth grader came to me and said; I hope we can do the same thing the 6th graders did last year.

Our plan was to test the water quality at Lamberton Creek, as well as measure the flow and water level. We took measurements several times throughout the year, including in both wet and dry weather, to create a dataset that can be analyzed – and compared to data collected by other schools, such as All Saints Academy. We analyzed the data and reached out to the community surrounding our school to educate them about the quality of the creek and suggest improvements they can make on their property to help protect the creek by preventing NPS pollution.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship
Students are now able to identify what types of macroinvertebrates live in Lamberton Creek. Students also are able to analyze data to come up with some solutions on how to educate the community about NPS pollution.

Number of Students
31

Number of Teachers
2

Partners
River City Wild Ones
GVSU
GVSU AWRI
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Funders
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Tags
stormwater, runoff, NPS pollution, water quality testing, data analysis

Summary
After surveying unused school grounds, students decided they wanted to beautify the area by transforming it into a beneficial and fruitful land. Students designed a small apple orchard, researched different aspects of starting and managing an orchard, measured the land, and planted apple trees. Part of this project was study of availability of water in our area, aquifer and floodplains, environment and local plants, beneficial insects and invasive species, as well as human impact on the local environment.

Showcase Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iU44YQ4PAHQ

Number of Students
102

Number of Teachers
3

Partners
Robinette’s Apple Orchard
Peach Ridge Farms
Outback Casual Living and Fence

Funders
Baldwin Foundation

Tags
community orchard, apple trees, watershed assessment

District
Grand Rapids Public Schools

School Website
http://www.northparkschools.org/

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