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:

– Teacher Summer Institute: July 15 – 19, 2019

– A 10 – week flexible Science unit supporting multiple Next Generation/Michigan Science Standards

– Cross-curricular expansions promoting place-based learning

– Ongoing teacher support through additional workshops, video conferencing, and access to career professionals

– Student-led projects and presentations

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


The project will support 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  pilot during the 2019-2020 school year which includes:

•Completion of a week–long summer institute (July 15-19) 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 neded.  

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