Flint River GREEN: Bridges

Bridging communities, classrooms, curriculum and careers in the Flint River Watershed.

The Flint River Watershed Coalition is pleased to announce an opportunity to expand the current Flint River GREEN program through a NOAA B-WET award during the 2019 – 2020 school year.

Program Highlights:

– A 10 – week flexible Science unit supporting multiple Next Generation/Michigan Science Standards with many cross-curricular connections

– Student-led projects grounded in water quality

– Place-based education learning model immerses students in their own communities

– Water quality data collection promotes citizen science

– Ongoing teachers support begins with a 5-day summer training session and continues with at least 4 additional workshops throughout the school year

Unit flow, core components, and NGSS correlations
Core components and cross-curricular alignments

2019 Summer Institute Photos

Hands-on lesson samples
Claim, evidence, and reasoning
Community partners panel
Immersive outdoor experiences
Small group discussions and planning time
Pulling it all together


The project supports teachers/schools who agree to immerse a group of 6th – 8th grade students (with options for high school expansion) in a 10-week, hands-on, placed-based, citizen science curriculum which includes:

•Completion of a week–long summer institute focused on watershed literacy, youth voice, outdoor learning, and core unit curriculum pieces including hands-on labs, project management, technology resources, and NGSS pedagogy.

•Participation in 2 or more ongoing teacher support workshops throughout curriculum implementation.

•Multi-teacher teams – teams of two or more  may consist of those across disciplines, grades, or departments.

•Immersing students in at least two outdoor field experiences, with one being water chemistry testing at a local stream.

•A culminating student-led community impact project resulting from the analysis of water chemistry data.

•Exploration of green careers throughout implementation of the unit.

•Provide water quality data and ongoing feedback to program organizers.

•Students present data and project components at annual Student Summit held in late May.


•$500 stipend awarded to each teacher completing the Summer Institute

•$500 mini-grant awarded to each school implementing a student-led community impact project. Funding could be used towards project materials, bussing, or subs with opportunity to leverage for additional funds as needed.  

•A packaged, yet flexible unit of study fully supporting NGSS CCCs, DCIs, SEPs and the Michigan Science Standards as well as additional support in Math, ELA, CRE, and the C3 Framework for Social Studies.

•Access to local, regional, and national career professionals and education resources.

For additional information on the pilot or for teachers interested in applying to be part of the next cohort, please contact Autumn Mitchell, Education Programs Manager at or (810)-767-9491

Teacher training for the core Flint River GREEN program (a precursor to the Bridges program) is tentatively scheduled for mid-February. Please contact the programs manager for more information on this essential training.