Providing learning opportunities through Michigan Sea Grant place-based education
Michigan Sea Grant provides educational programming and support for the regional NEMIGLSI place-based education network.
Hands-on, place-based education is a proven strategy for fostering active stewards of the environment. The Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI) is a network and partnership that seeks to protect the Great Lakes and other natural resources through hands-on learning in, and with, communities.
Michigan Sea Grant provides educational programming and support for the regional NEMIGLSI place-based education network. Since 2009, this network has engaged more than 23,000 students as Great Lakes stewards. In 2017, the initiative engaged nearly 4,500 youth and supported more than 30 schools, 167 educators and more than 100 community partner organizations.
With the National American Association for Environmental Education and UL Innovative Education program, the NEMIGLSI network launched an Environmental-STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) challenge with local schools to explore ways place-based education can enhance STEM learning or ways students might apply STEM learning to accomplish place-based stewardship projects.
Other 2017 impacts:
- Michigan Sea Grant sponsored development of six regional training opportunities.
- A new partnership began with Huron Pines to pilot a networking meeting targeting inland schools and partners within these Lake Huron watersheds.
- Supporting sustainability locally, Michigan Sea Grant led efforts among the NEMIGLSI leadership team to secure nearly $220,000 in new funds invested in the NEMIGLSI partnership and programming.