Connecting students, communities, and nature.

Groundswell is a coalition of community partners creating opportunities for hands-on environmental learning in West Michigan.

We support educators who want to move beyond the classroom walls and teach students through exploring their own communities.

Groundswell provides high-quality teacher training and funding for inquiry-based, student-led projects.

Our students engage in real-world problem solving by identifying an environmental need in their community and working with local experts to solve that need.



Annual Project Showcase

May 25, 2022 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Groundswell is proud to celebrate the work of student stewards through its annual Groundswell Project Showcase. Each year, students share short videos about their community stewardship activities....

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Save the date for this annual event. pK-12 Students in Kent, Allegan, and Ottawa counties have worked hard all year to install place-based education projects in their local communities. Join us in viewing the results and celebrating their accomplishments!

Groundswell - Underwriters Laboratories Innovative Education Award

Award Winner - Innovative Education

Groundswell won an Innovative Education Award from Underwriters Laboratories in 2018. This award recognizes organizations utilizing innovative approaches to create positive impacts on the community. The annual award is presented to five non-profits throughout the U.S. and Canada who advance E-STEM, sustainable communities, and youth empowerment. The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) launched the UL Innovative Education Award in 2014 to invest in programs that demonstrate effective educational benefits and community engagement in linking environmental focus to STEM education.

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