Submitted by Erica Johnson, West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative
Grant Middle School students have been working at Bridgeton Township Park and boat launch since 2016 to enhance the park with new plantings. They planted a rain garden in 2016, and 30 trees in early 2017. In May 2017, utilizing funding from the West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly, students researched Michigan native plants, designed another rain garden, and then installed it. In all, they planted 712 plants and bushes in the park, including Marsh Blazing Star, Joe-Pye Weed, and Cardinal Flower.