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Northeast Michigan Earth Day Bag Project

Celebrating Earth Day this year, many 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade elementary classrooms in Alpena County are participating in the Northeast Michigan Earth Day Bag Project in an effort to raise awareness about the issue of plastic pollution in our Great Lakes and oceans.  Since 1970, Earth Day reflects an annual, worldwide tradition in paying appreciation for our living planet for the home and habitat she affords us. 

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Through the Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, more than 600 Alpena elementary students are decorating paper grocery bags that convey Earth Day messages focused around the issue of marine debris and dangers of plastic pollution in our local waterways.  These bags – and their artful educational messages – will then be distributed to customers shopping at Neiman’s Family Market in Alpena, MI this Earth Day (April 22nd).  For these students, Earth Day is the perfect day to share their decorated grocery bags with their community and promote such simple, everyday opportunities to care for our Great Lakes and natural resources here in Michigan.

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University of Notre Dame Student, Zoe Rae Rote conducts a placed-based education study right here in northeast, Michigan!


Expanding Classrooms.

Strengthening Communities.

The Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative strives to build vibrant, sustainable communities committed to empowering their young people as environmental leaders and social entrepreneurs. GLSI achieves this vision by: facilitating school-community partnerships; funding innovative, collaborative student-driven projects; providing targeted training opportunities for students and teachers; and, coordinating communities of learning. Collectively, these efforts extend the classroom beyond the walls of any one school building or political jurisdiction out into the exquisite natural and cultural landscape of Northeast Michigan.


Our Rivers, Our Future: B-WET Program

Hundreds of Northeast Michigan students participate in the NOAA Great Lakes region B-WET Program, supported in part by the Northeast Michigan GLSI. Click here to see their page!

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This page last updated on 4/22/2015.
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AMA-Iosco Math Science Center Americorps U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Great Lakes Fishery Trust Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative Community Foundation Northeast Michigan Huron Pines Cheboygan-Otsego-Presque Isle ESD Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona ESD Michigan Department of Natural Resources Northeast Michigan Council of Governments Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary 4-H MSU Extension Michigan Sea Grant NOAA