Submitted by Erica Johnson, West Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative and Susan Tate, Whitehall Middle School
Eighth grade students at Whitehall Middle School learn about the environmental history of White Lake as well as ongoing threats to the Great Lakes in Susan Tate’s Earth Science class. Through field trips, community inventories, mapping exercises and research on restoration work conducted by community activists and organizations, students learn more about the issues that affect their watershed, as well as other communities within Michigan. Armed with this new knowledge, students create films to explore these issues in depth and also plan a film festival called GreenScreens. The approach changes each year as new information and new opportunities come to bear.