Utilizing Partnerships and Green Infrastructure to Restore Kids Creek
GREENSPIRE MIDDLE SCHOOL
TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN
Greenspire Middle School is located in Traverse City, Michigan, a small, coastal town situated between two Lake Michigan bays. During the 2014–15 school year, sixth- through eighth-grade students at the Greenspire School dedicated themselves to protecting Kids Creek, a local stream that was put on the state’s impaired waters list. This list identifies Michigan water bodies that are not attaining one or more designated uses—in this case, for aquatic life and wildlife.
This project was supported by the Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative, one of nine regional hubs that comprise the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.
“I learned more about the environment and how we are lucky to live in a place like this where there are trees and water and we get to go out and discover things about nature. I learned that we need to take care of our environment and when we do that together it brings us not only closer to our community, but also to our classmates.”
Greenspire Middle School