Flint River GREEN 2019-2020 Dates

Water Quality Testing Window(s):

Fall 2019: Sept 30 – October 11

Spring 2020 – April 27 – May 12

Professional Development Days*:

Chemistry Testing Training and Review:

February 11, 2020

4PM – 7PM

location TBD

Teacher/Mentor Program Training:

February 13, 2020

8AM – 3PM

Location TBD

*All new teachers are required to attend both PD dates to participate in GREEN. Both dates are also a prerequisite for new science teachers wishing to participate in the Flint River Green Bridges program.

Student Summit: 

Tentatively May 21, 2020 at Kettering University

 

Program Expansion Announced!

The Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC) is pleased to announce it has received a $74,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) to support a vast expansion to the existing Flint River GREEN water quality monitoring program. The program expansion will bridge communities, classrooms, curriculum, and careers.

Flint River Green Bridges will fully immerse students in Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEEs) that allow them to identify and investigate locally relevant water quality examples and participate in outdoor field research. Students will be able to apply the knowledge they gain through stewardship action projects they design and lead and then share their experiences back with parents, students from
other schools, decision makers, and community leaders at the annual GREEN Summit. While engaging in MWEEs, Bridge students will explore their connectivity to local and global waterways, contribute to ongoing data collection, and learn about possible career trajectories in science, technology, community engagement, and project management.

The expanded program will begin with the roll out of a 10-week flexible and cross-curricular unit of study for teachers. Core to the 18-month project is a partnership with UM-Flint’s Discovering PLACE, the Flint hub of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, which will enhance teacher training and support the implementation of MWEEs with students. A pilot group of 6th – 8th grade teachers from 7 schools will implement the program during the 2019 – 2020 school year. Other schools within the Flint River watershed will have access to the materials and training in subsequent years. All resources developed through this grant will be made publicly available online for anyone interested in implementing a similar program in other watersheds. For more information, contact Autumn Mitchell at amitchell@flintriver.org or (810)-767-9491.

 

Student Summit a Success!

300 students from 13 schools across the Flint River Watershed joined together at Kettering University on May 30th to share their Flint River GREEN water quality data and explore careers in environmental fields!  Special thanks to the GREEN committee, Flint River Watershed Coalition staff, and Kettering University for helping to make this the best year yet!