Student Summit a Success!

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!

Click here to view a poster reel of the projects and data that the students presented during their sessions. 

 

 

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.

GREEN Program Training and Virtual Resources: Self-paced module

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.

Guest Presenters:

  • Darren Bagley, MSU-Extension
  • Lee Ann Slosar, General Motors

REGISTER HERE for GREEN Program Training