TRIO Upward Bound


Project Description:
The theme of the project is “How native plants can help with runoff in an urban environment.” Students focused on how watersheds in Grand Rapids directly affect the students. TRIO Upward Bound students at Central and Union High Schools continued maintaining a native plant garden at Cook Arts Center by weeding the garden at the start of spring. Students have consistently assessed the garden to see what plants have came back after the winter and fall months and have added new native plants during this school year. Students have studied the local watershed and runoff and have developed a better understanding of how native plants reduce runoff. Water samples have been compared at urban and rural sites.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship:
Students better understand the role watersheds play in their lives and what actions they can undertake to reduce runoff.

Partners:
WMEAC, Cook Arts Center

Teachers:
2

Students:
65

Funder:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Showcase Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxlA5rCLylA