Environmental Education

resources for educators and individuals

We know that it will take all of us to keep our communities safe from pollution and create a healthy environment for our future generations. Our Education Team has put together a list of all of our educational services we can offer to your classroom and free materials you can download at your convenience. Our areas of expertise range from freshwater science, stormwater and nonpoint source pollution, recycling, composting, energy, and climate. If you are interested in seeing what WMEAC can supply your classroom or event in terms of equipment, models, and kits please visit our rental form here.

We are able to provide these resources to our communities because of your tax-deductible donations, so please support this work by donating today. Click here for more information on how you can support the access of environmental education for all.

T4W is our premier K-12 education program that provides classes with quality, outdoor experiences to help them explore West Michigan’s watersheds.

This place-based program covers the topics of watersheds, nonpoint source pollution, and freshwater macroinvertebrates. Students have the opportunity to use hands-on equipment and tools to determine the quality of a local stream.

Do you know the name of your local watershed? Want to determine if the stream in your backyard is healthy? Interested in collecting aquatic macroinvertebrates for a citizen science project?

Learn about how pollution affects our freshwater streams and rivers and discover your watershed with resources from WMEAC and other community partners.

Did you know that polluted stormwater is one of the biggest threats to the Great Lakes? Keeping our rivers and lakes free of pollution like litter and oil starts at the source: our streets, sidewalks, and storm drains.

WMEAC supports clean water and you can too by learning how to stop stormwater runoff from roads, parking lots, and neighborhoods from polluting our waterways.

Sustainability can start with you! Check out our resources for your classroom, household, or community to reduce your environmental footprint.

Activities and resources about “zero waste in landfill”, composting, and recycling are available here. Also stay tuned for our Zero Waste Directory of local low-waste shops to support your zero-waste journey.

Are you looking for ways to encourage a sense of wonder in your children? Do you ever wish that you could slow down long enough to appreciate the natural world around you?

Learn how you can enhance yours, your students, or your family’s connection to nature.

At the intersection of all of our programs lies the concept of environmental justice. It takes the whole part of a community to establish a clean environment for all to use.

This page has resources to learn more about environmental justice and how to apply it to your classroom and community.

Divesting from fossil fuels and transitioning to solar, wind, and hydro powers is vital to combat our climate crisis. 

We are here to support your students inside and outside of the classroom with hands-on resources such as lesson plans and kits to explore topics such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, and calculating your energy footprint.

Climate change is here. The future generations of students are inheriting a world gripped by rising temperatures, extreme natural events, and rising sea levels.

Climate change can feel complex and overwhelming, even for adults, however we can prepare your classroom to understand the basic causes, effects, and solutions.

Are you interested in renting equipment for your classroom, research project, or volunteer day? We could help!

WMEAC has a variety of tools, models, lesson kits, and other equipment available for educators, community organizations, and individuals. Contact us for more information and availability.

Our programs

get involved

Learn about how you can get involved with the WMEAC programs including our Teach for the Watershed curriculum, Zero Waste in Landfill initiatives, or our Water Programs.

Want to volunteer with us?

Do you have education experience? Enjoy working with students? Let us know what you are interested in below!

Bring a program to your classroom

Reach out to our Education Team to see if we can bring a program to your classroom or community!