Clippert Academy Students Participate in Removal of Invasive Species on Belle Isle

Student field trip is part of the “Developing Urban Forest Stewards” Project

Clippert Academy students traveled to Belle Isle on Saturday, April 21, 2012 to participate in the removal of invasive species. The students also worked with an Environmental Educator from the Belle Isle Conservancy.

This initiative was a part of the Developing Urban Forest Stewards project for the 2011-2012 School Year. The goal of the project is to build local community capacity to manage urban forest resources by guiding middle/high school students to become forest stewards.

Michigan Technological University and the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) received a 2-year grant from the USDA Forest Service to engage secondary teachers and their students (Grades 5-12) in the stewardship of Michigan forests.

Michigan Tech, MAEOE, and six partner organizations propose to build youth capacity to steward the urban forests on Belle Isle in the City of Detroit through the 2-year project will engage 20 Detroit middle/high school teachers per year in attending a year-long teacher professional development program focused on forest ecology, management and stewardship.

Project Partners are:

  1. Michigan Alliance for Environmental & Outdoor Education
  2. Hawk Woods Nature Center
  3. Belle Isle Nature Zoo
  4. Michigan Forest Foundation
  5. Build On
  6. Detroit Public Schools (DPS) Math/Science Center
  7. Michigan Project Learning Tree

DPS Schools involved in the project:

  1. Clippert K-8 Academy
  2. Durfee K-8 Academy
  3. Osborn-Evergreen Academy
  4. Pershing High School
  5. Priest Elementary
  6. Ronald Brown Academy
  7. Southeastern High School
  8. Southwestern High School


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