As educators of one of our greatest resources, our future generations, the GLRC looks to you for guidance and leadership regarding youth education. The GLRC would like to work with you and your school to help educate the students about the importance of our water resources. This includes pollution prevention, wildlife conservation, understanding land use affects on our environment, and overall preservation of the our natural resources. Our group focuses on our water resources and improving water quality. However, all human activities relate to the natural environment and in some way affect our water resources.
The GLRC has developed this web page to serve as a toolbox for you to gather ideas and resources related to environmental education. Please review some of these activities, projects, and ideas for environmental education. Many of you may have to meet the NPDES Phase II Stormwater requirements, these examples and available resources will help you towards compliance with your permit. If you have any questions or would like to discuss these projects, or if you have additional information to add to this page, please contact Erin Campbell (517) 393-0342.
NEW! Michigan Water Stewardship Program:
The Eaton Conservation District is excited to announce a new game for residents to tour where your water goes. You may play the game by visiting: www.miwaterstewardship.org/YouthStewards/OurWaterGames
Down the Drain You GO!
Ever wonder what happens to all of that water going down the drain from your kitchen sink, bathtub and toilet? And it's not just the water - what about all of that other "stuff" that some people put down their drains?
Well put on your goggles and snorkeling gear - or hold your nose tight - and join "Squeaky" for this fantastic adventure through your home's drainage system. Choose either a country (rural) home's drain system or a city (urban) home's drain system, and you get to make all the decisions of what goes down the drain in your home. Just like in real life at your own home!
Mr. Squeaky Clean will stick with you on this journey and let you know how you're doing. If you are making good stewardship decisions, he stays a pretty blue, but if you make the water difficult to clean then he turns gray. Squeaky will take you all of the way from your home through the drains that lead to your septic system or water treatment facility.
The interactive site features a virtual water cycle flow model showing residents the impacts of real life scenarios as a result of their every day actions on Michigan's water resources. Also, the local resource section provides a gateway to local environmental events and volunteer opportunities statewide.
"There are a lot of small, easy changes residents and homeowners can make to protect local water quality, and in turn, protect the Great Lakes. This site is fun and engaging for students, teachers, and residents," said Andrea Stay, executive director, Eaton Conservation District.
In addition to the free games, the website offers a section for students to become youth stewards using videos and activities; and a section for educators with ready-made lesson plans, activities, demonstrations, videos, publications, presentations, and a list of other teaching resources for enhancing environmental learning.
The Eaton Conservation District has been creating this statewide website through funding support from the Michigan Department of Agriculture. The Michigan Water Stewardship Program is a partnership of organizations providing educational assistance to Michigan's residents to identify and reduce contamination risks to water and other natural resources. The mission of the Eaton Conservation District is to promote and encourage cooperation with other individuals, groups, organizations, or agencies in an organized effort to conserve and improve the natural resources in Eaton County. Contact the Eaton Conservation District for more information at (517) 543-5848 x 5 or at www.eatoncounty.org or visit www.macd.org.
Local Events and Centers
Amazon.com book search for "Youth Environmental Education"
Erin Campbell, GLRC Coordinator
Brainstorming Ideas - Case Studies
DTE Energy: LEAD Grant Program - Environment
Environmental Protection Agency - Service Projects
Ohio School History of Envrionmental Projects 1974 - Present
New York Students Participate in Pet Waste Clean Up
Organizing an Environmental Club
Have the student wood shop build bird houses to adopt a habitat area on campus.
Have the student wood shop build pet waste bag dispensers for campus and parks.
Year or semester school theme could be: water quality, pollution prevention, or the environment.
Art classes could complete water quality or pollution prevention awareness posters for the school.
Pollution prevention could be promoted at local car washing events: wash on the grass, etc.