GREEN is a free citizen science water quality monitoring program offered to all 6th – 12th grade students in the Flint River watershed. It is made possible through a number of partners including the Genesee County Drain Commission, General Motors, the MiSTEM Network, the GISD, MSUE, and UM Flint Discovering PLACE.
There are two program tracks to choose from, GREEN and Bridges. Both provide:
A 3-5 hour asynchronous online training module describing program logistics that is required for participation in the program.
LaMotte Chemistry Sampling kits (approx 1 set per 30 students)
An expert mentor to present to your class and assist with testing and analysis at a nearby stream or in the schoolyard
An invitation to attend the Student Summit in late May for students to present their findings and attend breakout sessions as in a professional conference
Access to GREEN and Bridges teacher resources on theGREEN website
potential mini-grant funding for student projects
Bridges is a robust, interdisciplinary 12-week curriculum and coaching program in its third year that requires additional PD throughout the school year and includes a commitment to engage with community partners and lead students through a stewardship action project. Bridges provides additional chemistry kits (approx up to 5 sets per 30 students), pH testing probes, in-depth teacher support, and a veteran teacher network. Teachers may elect to participate in Bridges if you have previously participated in the pilot training program.
Whether you are interested in fall or spring testing please register as soon as possible for the 2021-2022 school year.
550 students from 9 schools across the Flint River Watershed joined together virtually May 17th – 27th to share their Flint River GREEN water quality data and explore careers in environmental fields! Special thanks to the GREEN committee, our guest speakers, our hard working teachers and students, and the I-69 region MiSTEM Network for helping to make this the best year yet!
The organizations above in partnership with Discovering PLACE, Michigan State University Extension, and the MiSTEM Network have been in collaboration since 2019 to construct a framework for professional development that cross-trains staff and engages students in Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences in the OST environment. This mutually beneficial staff training has expanded capacity, increased the sustainability of multiple community partnerships, and serves as a resource for others seeking to utilize freshwater place-based enrichment to strengthen OST programming.
GREEN program training logistics will now be communicated via a series of videos. This is REQUIRED for new GREEN teachers. All 6th – 12th grade teachers working within the Flint River watershed are welcome to participate in this approximately 5 hour virtual series in order to participate in the Flint River GREEN program.