About Us

East Rockford Middle School bioswale
Godwin Middle School
Mulick Park Elementary

What We Do

We support K-12 educators who want to take their students' learning beyond the classroom. Groundswell students engage in community-based learning and implement stewardship projects to protect the Grand River and the Great Lakes. We provide free teacher training, project funding, connections with community partners, and individualized support based on each school’s needs and interests.

Groundswell is housed in the College of Education and Community Innovation at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Groundswell network includes more than 30 community organizations, including non-profits, government agencies, and local businesses.

Mission

Improve teaching and learning through community-based projects and foster the next generation of environmental stewards.

Program History

Groundswell is one of seven local networks, called hubs, of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) in Michigan.

History timeline

Our Funders

Thank you to our supporters! Groundswell is funded through the Grand Valley State University College of Education and Community Innovation; Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative; The Wege Foundation; the Baldwin Foundation; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

Grand Valley State University College of Education
Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
Wege Foundation
Baldwin Foundation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Environmental Protection Agency
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
Independent Bank
Buchanan Insurance logo
MiSTEM Logo

Our Partners

Ada Township Parks
Annis Water Resources Institute
Blandford Nature Center
Calvin College
Celebration Cinema
City of Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids Public Museum
John Ball Zoo
Kent Conservation District
Kent ISD
Land Conservancy of West Michigan
LINC Up
Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds
Plaster Creek Stewards
Regional Math and Science Center
Trout Unlimited
Urban Roots
WGVU logo
West Michigan Environmental Action Council
Kent County Department of Public Works Logo
Grow Wise Learning Logo
Kent County Department of Public Works Logo
Kent County Department of Public Works Logo


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