Join Us!

Thank you for your interest in Groundswell! We are a coalition of community partners who support place-based environmental education efforts in West Michigan. We match schools with community organizations to create hands-on learning opportunities for K-12 students.


East Rockford Middle School bioswale
Mulick Park Elementary

What Does Groundswell Provide?

Becoming a Groundswell educator will provide you with numerous resources to support place-based education and environmental stewardship in your school. You will gain access to:

Teacher Training

FREE, high-quality professional development on unique, innovative topics. Substitute reimbursement is available for workshops during the school day.

Project Funding

Up to $1,000 to implement a student-led stewardship project to address a real environmental need in your community.

Technical Support

Connections with local community organizations to provide technical support and guidance for your stewardship project.

Educator Collaboration

Opportunities for networking and collaborating with other inspiring educators dedicated to place-based education.

What Does Participation Involve?

There are multiple ways to participate in Groundswell, and our staff will work with you to find the best fit for you. Opportunities for participation include:

Groundswell Workshop Participation

Engage in Groundswell educational resources: attend PD, receive substitute reimbursements to attend workshops, and dive into the resources the Groundswell community provides.

Start by attending a

Groundswell Event


Contact the Groundswell team


Groundswell Project

Facilitate Groundswell PBE/stewardship activities with students and engage in Groundswell educational resources (PD).

A Groundswell project leader (a local educator) is eligible for funding from Groundswell through our project program. Projects guide students in quality place-based environmental stewardship education, take students outside, and provide unique opportunities for educators and students alike. Our project process is designed to be accessible and approachable for all educators and administrators.


Advanced Educator Engagement

Lead PD; serve as Groundswell PBE mentor; network with the Groundswell community. 

If interested, please

Contact the Groundswell Team

or attend a Groundswell workshop to get started.

We strongly encourage teams of multiple teachers (at the same school or different schools). This approach allows for collaboration, enhances in-school support, and provides expanded place-based education opportunities for students. If you are just starting out, we do offer options for individual teachers.

Typical School-Year Timeline

Program Timeline

I'm Ready to Join!

Step 1

Form a team of teachers from your school or another school.

Step 2

Explore the program materials available online and complete a Project Funding Request.

Step 3

Work with our staff to determine the best fit for your school.

Page last modified September 26, 2022