Out-of-School Time Program

Youth from the GISD 21st Century Bridges program kayak on Thread Lake

Connecting Students to STEM and Stewardship through Water and Wonder!

The Flint River Watershed Coalition’s Youth Education Program is piloting a new afterschool program in collaboration with the Genesee Intermediate School District’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and Genesee County Parks’ For-Mar Nature Center and Arboretum. We are currently working with three sites serving middle and high school students to develop an out-of-school time (OST) watershed STEM curriculum grounded in water quality monitoring and related data-driven and youth-led community action projects.

YOUTH ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Kayaking
  • Hands-on STEM Activities
  • Outdoor Immersion Experiences
  • Youth-led Action Projects
  • Water Quality Monitoring

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.

Funding for this project has been provided by the National Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is supported by the U.S. Department of Education.

The partnerships developed through this project will lead to sustainable OST programming options for schools, scouts, churches, neighborhood groups, and more!

Come back soon for updates or reach out to the Education Programs Manager for questions: email Autumn Mitchell or dial (810)-767-9491.