A semester-long Water Education Initiative
focused on enhancing students’ connection to Detroit’s watersheds and
developing a sense of water stewardship among students in Detroit.
Open to 16 Middle School Teachers from eight Detroit middle schools per year (2017-18 and 2018-19).
How Teacher Participants Will Benefit:
1. Attend 5 water education Saturday workshops from Jan.-May 2018
which will connect to Grades 6-8 Michigan Science & Social Studies Standards.
2. Opportunity to earn 25 SCECHs.
3. Receive classroom resources, 3 activity guides, and funding to create school
rain garden and classroom watershed model.
4. Receive funding for classroom/field supplies, rain garden at school,
and travel stipend ($200/teacher/field trip) for 3 field trips.
5. FREE one-year membership to Michigan Alliance for Environmental &
Outdoor Education (MAEOE).
6. Professional enrichment of working closely with peers, expert educators,
Program Requirements of Teacher Participants:
Attend 5 six-hour workshops on Saturdays Jan-May 2018.
(Jan. 27, Feb. 10, March 17, April 14, May 5).
Bring your students on 3 field trips: tour Detroit water treatment plant,
conduct ecosystem monitoring; and participate in a stewardship project.
Create a rain garden at your school (supplies & training provided)
5 Teacher Workshops
Saturday, May 5, 8:30-3:30 pm, at Belle Isle Nature Center
Rain Gardens, Outdoor Learning & Natural Resources Career Role Models
Presenters: Joan Chadde, Michigan Technological University, and Drew Lahtin, Creating Sustainable Landscapes
Saturday, April 14, 8:30-3:30 pm, at Belle Isle Nature Center
Service Learning, Stewardship & Earth Force Curriculum
Presenters: Joan Chadde and Dr. Hugh Gorman, Michigan Technological University, and Jennie Braatz, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Saturday, March 17, 10 am-5 pm, at Outdoor Adventure Center
Project Wild Aquatic/ WET & Field Trip Planning
Presenters: Natalie Elkins, MI Dept. of Natural Resources
Joan Chadde and Dr. Kathryn Perrine, Michigan Technological University, Jody DeMeyere, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Saturday, Feb 10, 8:30-3:30 pm, at Univ. of Michigan Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center
MEECS Water Quality Unit & Detroit’s Green Infrastructure
Presenters: Joan Chadde and Dr. Daisuke, Michigan Technological University, Lara Treemore Spears, Wayne State University, and Dorothy McLeer, UMich Dearborn
Saturday, January 27, 8:30-3:30 pm, at Belle Isle Nature Center Making Environmental Education Relevant for Diverse Audiences & Integrating Water into the Middle School Science & Social Studies Curriculum
Presenters: Joan Chadde and Dr. Audra Morse, Michigan Technological University and Dr. Robert Simmons III, President of Service Year Alliance
May 4-17 (10 am-2 pm)
Rouge Park-Scout Hollow invasive species removal, litter clean up; ethnobotany interpretation
Cadillac & Marathon Vegetable & Rain Gardens in Mexicantown;
Belle Isle Adopt-a-Beach shoreline cleanup,
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge nature interpretation
Ecosystem Monitoring April 24-May 7 (10am – 2 pm)
Stream/Lake Monitoring at Belle Isle Nature Center
Riparian Area Assessment at Rouge Park
Water Treatment or Wastewater Recovery Tour and Green Infrastructure Practices
Great Lakes Water Quality Authority
Wayne State University Healthy Urban Waters, Greenhouse, Green Alley & other locations
Michigan Technological University
Wayne State University Healthy Urban Waters
Detroit Zoological Society & Belle Isle Nature Center
Detroit Audubon, Southwest Environmental Vision
Detroit Public Schools Community
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Detroit International Wildlife Refuge
U.S. Forest Service Urban Connections
This project is made possible with an Environmental Education grant (EPA-EE-16-01) awarded by the USEPA through a competitive selection process.