Engaging students in high quality place-based education and environmental service-learning projects.


Connecting schools with communities by forging partnerships with local businesses and organizations.


Providing sustained professional learning in the areas of place-based education, service-learning and environmental stewardship.

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The Upper Great Lakes Stewardship is offers “much more than a field trip.” Students are asked to identify what is important in their community and to develop and deliver actions.  Teachers connect with community partners who work directly with the students on these projects. For example, students at a middle school in Marquette planted milkweed seeds at the National Forest Service greenhouse in the spring and then transplanted those seedlings in critical monarch butterfly migration areas in the Upper Peninsula.  Partnering with Seaborg Math & Science Center and Marquette Alger Regional School Education Agency, there are 16 teachers at 10 schools participating.  This hands-on, place-based education has been demonstrated to increase students’ attendance, participation in the classroom and motivate them to pursue higher education.

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