Connecting students, communities, and nature

Groundswell Stewardship Initiative’s mission is to support and inspire students to care for their place. We do this by providing educators with professional learning opportunities, project funding, and partnerships.

Our vision is that all educators are champions of place-based stewardship education, and all students are learning in our local community and are lifelong environmental stewards.

Since 2007, Groundswell Stewardship Initiative has been housed in GVSU's College of Education and Community Innovation. The Groundswell network includes more than 50 community organizations, schools, non-profits, governmental agencies, and local businesses.

History timeline

Groundswell is one of six geographical hubs (networks) of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (GLSI) in Michigan.


Our Funders

Groundswell is made possible through the support of GVSU's College of Education and Community Innovation; Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative; Wege Foundation; Baldwin Foundation; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Greater West Michigan MiSTEM Network, Great Lakes Fisheries Trust, Michigan's Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and more.

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
MiSTEM Logo
Independent Bank
Great Lakes Fishery Trust logo, fish with waves
michigan first foundation


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