Using Activities to Become a Michigan Green School
A school is eligible to receive a Green School, Emerald School, or Evergreen School Environmental Stewardship Designation if the school or students perform the required number of activities, with a minimum of two activities from each of the four categories. The activity requirements for each level of environmental stewardship designation are as follows:
The four categories of activities for official green school qualification are:
Check out the application for the specifics on the activities in each of the four categories.
In addition to the activities listed in the table portion of the application, a school may design and propose another activity, listed as “other”, which may qualify toward an environmental designation.
Important Note: All alternate activities listed as "other" must be approved by your Michigan Green School County Coordinator by December 1, 2020. All applications are due March 1, 2021. IMPORTANT NOTE Activities will most likely be different this school year due to virus concerns. Each school may have different protocols.
Some Suggested Activities for 2020-21 Each school will have to review Covid 19 safety procedures before embarking on green activities. The following list provides some ideas for you. We are currently looking at new activities to fit this year and will post regularly.
One good place to begin this year is to host virtual speakers on green issues.
' Students will love starting a bird feeding station in the school year. Learn what seeds benefit Michigan species the most and delegate one class each week to shepherd the project if your district is comfortable with that.
This is a great year to be creative! Have students design some endangered Michigan animals notecards. These can be done at home or at school. A set of these can be printed and sold to raise funds for school projects as well. See the card examples to the right side of this page.
Raise awareness of the federally endangered Karner Blue butterfly by printing out this 8.5" x 11" coloring sheet for children to color. Read more about the Karner Blue in the Michigan Wildlife Awareness sidebar on our About Us page with more ideas for activities.
Save the Hawk coloring sheet. An accurate coloring chart is also available by visiting the tool bar under more... on this website.
Schools can also discover a number of Michigan threatened and endangered species by looking at the book, Fly Over Michigan. There are coloring pages with an accurate coloring chart for Kirtland's Warbler, the short eared owl and others. The book is available on amazon.
Mooneye Fish coloring sheet with accurate coloring chart instructions.
Fun Ways to Earn Points!
Many Michigan Green Schools are developing waste free lunch plans. This saves the school money, student calories and keeps the most harmful greenhouse gas, methane, at lower levels.
Michigan Wildlife Awareness
The trumpeter swan is a threatened species in Michigan. These swans are often confused with snow geese and mistakenly shot by hunters. 1,300 trumpeters have died in the United States from lead poisoning when they ingest lead shot and lead sinkers in ponds.
Highland Pines School in Caro, Michigan made a donation to The Trumpeter Swan Society.
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