Green Schools Program
The Michigan Green Schools Program is a statewide program dedicated to teaching environmental stewardship to K-12 students. Students, parents, and school staff work together to complete a minimum of ten activities from the Michigan Green School application form. There are three different levels that require a specified number of activities: Green School (10 activities), Emerald School (15 activities), and Evergreen School (20 activities). Activities categories include recycling, energy, environmental protection, and miscellaneous. Some activities that schools have done in the past include creating a paper recycling program, establishing a school wide eco-reading program, and creating environmental art projects out of recycled materials. Applications are due annually in March and can be submitted to our education assistant.
All official Green Schools in Eaton County receive a certification signed by the governor, patch, flag, and rights to use the Michigan Green Schools logo on school media. ECDRR staff are also more than happy to attend any related award celebrations and promote all recognized Eaton County Green Schools.
Does your school want to become a Green School? For more activity examples and where to find resources check out our Green School toolkit. Please contact our education assistant for more information and for activity support.
2019-2020 Eaton County Green School Award Recipient:
Maplewood School - Vermontville, MI
Science Adventure Camp
ECDRR, the City of Charlotte, and Eaton Conservation District host a science adventure camp annually in June. The focus of the camp is to learn about our natural environment and to have fun doing so! Parents of 3rd - 5th grade students attending any Eaton County schools are welcome to register their child for morning (9:00 am - 12:15 pm) or afternoon (1:00 pm - 4:15 pm) sessions. Each session includes various science-related hands-on activities and interactive presentations. Activities and presentations change each year, but sessions have included: constructing miniature solar cars, making elephant toothpaste (chemistry focused), recycling relay, squid dissection, creek invertebrate hunt and identification, and much more!
*** Summer 2020 Science Adventure Camp has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to cancel was not made lightly and is in the best interest of the children, parents, and all of those involved in the project. ***
Presentations and More
ECDRR is more than happy to speak to or do presentations for classes, clubs, and groups of all ages. Topics can vary and be customized to the audience and their preferences, but must be determined at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date. Presentation topics have included general waste diversion, county programs, and economics of recycling. We have given presentations to local Rotary clubs and municipalities, but we are always open to new audiences!
Typically for school and classroom presentations we try to work with teachers to find a topic that aligns with the current curriculum or theme. For example, if there is a science unit about energy going on at or around the scheduled presentation date, we might pick solar energy as a topic and then do an activity building solar cars. **Hint for schools: Many presentations can be counted as a Green School activity!**
ECDRR is committed to public and staff safety during COVID-19 and we are happy to provide virtual presentations.
If you are interested in having an ECDRR staff member do a presentation, have an event booth, or simply be a guest speaker, please email our education assistant or fill out and submit the Educator Request Form below.