Groundswell Logo - painting of fish and ducks swimming in the ocean (photo).

Groundswell is a coalition of community partners that creates opportunities for place-based environmental learning for students throughout West Michigan. Groundswell’s work in the community focuses on engaging students, building partnerships, and supporting educators. Groundswell empowers teachers and students to become environmental stewards through collaborations with local organizations that promote the learning of academic content and problem-solving skills.

Groundswell employs service learning to provide opportunities for young people to investigate local environmental issues and decide on the best course of action to resolve the challenges each issue presents. Service learning through Groundswell engages students in civic action in their own backyards.

Currently comprised of more than 35 businesses, government institutions, and community organizations partnering with local schools, Groundswell is a true coalition of community members. Partners provide content area expertise and guidance for students to ensure they can create positive changes in the environmental health of their community.

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Children are participating in an outdoor activity held by Groundswell (photo).

Children are drawing on a large piece of paper during a Groundswell activity (photo).

Two children are examining the water during a Groundswell activity (photo).

Artwork of 3 fish in the water that defines Groundswell (photo).

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Groundswell is housed within the Grand Valley State University College of Education and supported by the following sponsors:

Groundwell Sponsors: Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, DEQ, WEGE Foundation, Frey Foundation, NOAA, The Baldwin Foundation (photo).

Groundswell is funded through organizations including the Great Lakes Fishery Trust (GLFT), Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Frey Foundation, the Wege Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Baldwin Foundation, and Grand Valley State University’s College of Education. GVSU’s COE is the host and fiscal agent for the grant-funded program.