Education Programs

Green School Program

The Michigan Green School Program is a statewide program dedicated to teaching environmental stewardship to K-12 students. Students, parents, and school staff work together to complete a minimum of ten activities from the Michigan Green School application form. There are three different levels that require a specified number of activities: Green School (10 activities), Emerald School (15 activities), and Evergreen School (20 activities). Activities categories include recycling, energy, environmental protection, and miscellaneous. Some activities that schools have done in the past include things like creating a paper recycling program, establishing a school wide eco-reading program, and creating environmental art projects out of recycled materials. Applications are due annually in March and can be submitted to our education coordinator

All official Green Schools in Eaton County receive a certification signed by the governor, patch, flag, and rights to use the Michigan Green Schools logo on school media. ECDRR staff are also more than happy to attend any related award celebrations and promote all recognized Eaton County Green Schools. 

Does you school want to become a Green School? For more activity examples and where to find resources check out our Green School toolkit page. Please contact our education coordinator for more information and for activity support. 

2018-2019 Eaton County Green School Award Recipients:

Maplewood School - Vermontville, MI  

Maplewood School students holding Michigan Green School framed certification and flag at a ceremony

Science Adventure Camp

ECDRR, the City of Charlotte, and Eaton Conservation District host a science adventure camp annually in June. The focus of the camp is to learn about our natural environment and to have fun doing so! Parents of 3rd - 5th grade students attending any Eaton County schools are welcome to register their child for morning (9:00 am - 12:15 pm) or afternoon (1:00 pm - 4:15 pm) sessions. Each session includes various science related hands-on activities and interactive presentations. Activities/presentations change each year but past ones have included: constructing miniature solar cars, making elephant toothpaste (chemistry focused), recycling relay, squid dissection, creek invertebrate hunt and identification, and much much more! 

Registration is required and opens annually in March and closes the second week of June (or one week prior camp). Please see our flyer for additional details. 

Two campers participating in a guided squid dissection

Presentations and More

ECDRR is more than happy to speak to or do presentations for classes, clubs, and groups of all ages. Topics can vary and be custom to the audience and their preferences, but must be determined at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date. Some adult geared presentations topics have included: general waste diversion, county programs, and economics of recycling. We have given presentations to local Rotary clubs and municipalities, but we are always open to new audiences! 

Typically for school and classroom presentations we try to work with teachers to find a topic that aligns with the current curriculum or theme. For example, if there is a science unit about energy going on at or around the scheduled presentation date, we might pick solar energy as a topic and then do an activity building solar cars.

**Hint for schools: Many presentations can even be counted as a Green School activity!**

If you are interested in having an ECDRR staff member do a presentation, have an event booth, or simply be a guest speaker, please email our education coordinator.