Thank you for your interest in our student poetry contest open to 4th and 5th graders in Grandville Public Schools.

To submit your poem, please click on the following link:

Poetry Contest Submission Form

For more information about the contest, click here.

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Join Grandville Community Tree Project, Friends of Buck Creek, City of Grandville, Grandville Public Schools, and DTE, for a nature-filled celebration the morning of Friday, April 26 at the site of Oakestown Intermediate School (formerly Grandville Middle School). Celebrate cleaner, cooler water for Buck Creek and a beautiful native plant garden, all compliments of a huge rain garden installed by Friends of Buck Creek, Grandville Public Schools, and Nativedge LLC. Learn about rain gardens and how they work. In addition, the winner of the “I Love Nature” poetry contest will be announced and their winning poem will be read. We hope you will join us!

The celebration will kick off with Friends of Buck Creek’s dedication of the rain garden on the north end of the parking lot near the tennis courts, followed by an Arbor Day celebration and the planting of 18 trees for an outdoor classroom, led by Grandville Community Tree Project.

9 am
Dedication of the Rain Garden by Friends of Buck Creek

Celebration of Arbor Day by Tree Board and Grandville Community Tree Project

9:50 am
Tree planting demo by Tree Project, followed by planting of the trees

Call for Volunteers!

Aquatic “macroinvertebrates” play a very important role in our freshwater ecosystems and include organisms such as insects, clams, snails, worms, and crayfish! As a Stream Keeper, you will learn how to collect these important organisms to measure water pollution levels.

WMEAC will provide you with waders, nets, procedures, and other tools necessary for our field work events.These events are all FREE, open to all ages and levels of experience, and stream equipment will be provided. More information about AAS can be found on our website and here is a direct link to sign up.

Save these dates! Both workshops will review the same procedures but Stream Keepers are more than encouraged to attend both if desired. Attendance to a training workshop is preferred but not required to attend the Data Collection Days.

Outdoor Training Workshop at Ken-O-Sha Park

  • 1353 Van Auken St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508)
  • 4pm – 6:30pm on Thursday, April 11th

Outdoor Training Workshop at Wedgwood Park

  • 3391 Wilson Ave SW, Grandville, MI 49418
  • 4pm – 6:30pm on Monday, April 15th

Stream Keepers can attend as many data collection outings as they would like! Please let WMEAC know how many you plan on attending so we can bring enough supplies.

Data Collection Days (check calendar for specific times)

  • Plaster Creek: Friday 4/12 & Saturday 4/13
  • Buck Creek: Tuesday 4/16 & Wednesday 4/17

For any questions or concerns please reach out to