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 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.


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; 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

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


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