In 2015, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council created the Watershed Academy. This program engages high school science students and provides them an opportunity to become experts in their local watershed. The initial program included five schools. The program has now grown to 13 high schools in the following cities:
The Watershed Academy has already proven to be a great opportunity for high school students to learn about their local watershed and assume leadership roles in their community through volunteering time, knowledge, and skills. The program has also inspired students in choosing a career path and as they prepare to attend college. The Watershed Academy also engages other local resource partners, including Little Traverse Conservancy, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Natural Resources Department, University of Michigan Biological Station, Friends of the Jordan River, and Friends of the Boyne River.
Students learn about:
Current support for the Watershed Academy comes from:
• 4Front Credit Union
• Charlevoix County Community Foundation
• Circuit Controls
• Evening Star Joinery
• Lake Charlevoix Association
• Patagonia x Moosejaw
• Spartan Nash for Family Fare in East Jordan and Bellaire
• Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
The Watershed Academy is a youth education program designed and administered by Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and coordinated by Eli Baker, Education and Outreach Specialist.