In 2012, Wetland Watch and C.O.R.E. launched an after school environmental education program for intermediate and middle school students in Spring Lake and Grand Haven public schools. There were four groups in the spring led by current and retired teachers and Grand Valley State University interns. This project was funded by the Dr. Sylvia and Mr. Ron Ruscett Foundation. The Ottawa County Parks hosted 23 children in two Wetland Detective summer day camps funded by the Aquatic Education Group.
For 2013, we have a grant from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation to continue this effort, now know as LEEP (Lakeshore Enviromental Education Program). Middle school programs at Lakeshore and Spring Lake Middle School will start in mid October. Please contact Ms. Molyneux at Spring Lake Middle, or Ms. Jaeger at Lakeshore to sign up! The intermediate school programs will start in the spring.