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Children are natural learners – using adventures and experiences to shape their every day lives.

When you envision your child’s education, do you see them reading a textbook cover to back? Here at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, the world is our guide book. Science and nature guide children at WMAES to experience learning. What makes us great is our belief that children thrive because we allow their learning to expand to endless possibilities – becoming an individualized learning path for each student.

From preschool through 12th-grade, we offer a complete, fully accredited education grounded in the disciplines and rewards of science. Our goal is clear: to develop both a successful student and a responsible, conscientious adult.

From Our Blog

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Environmental School Goes to the Rogue River! Data-collecting remote-controlled boats, aquatic critters, and more!

65 WMAES students (mostly freshmen) headed to the Rogue River in downtown Rockford in May to test custom-made data-collecting remote-controlled boats, race oranges & watercraft, investigate aquatic critters, test water quality, and scope-out local birds. [...]

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New Freedom for Willow

Meet Willow the wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta).   She arrived at Blandford Nature Center in 2004 and is likely at least 20 years old.  In captivity, wood turtles can live more than 50 years.  Wood [...]

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Upcoming Events

Last Day of School – Half Day

June 8 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Wonderbugs Preschool Program

June 12 @ 12:30 pm - June 14 @ 1:30 pm

Kindergarten Safari Program

June 19 @ 12:30 pm - June 21 @ 1:30 pm

Forest Explorers For 1st Grade

June 26 @ 12:30 pm - June 28 @ 1:30 pm

Amazing Animal Survival

July 10 @ 8:30 am - July 12 @ 12:30 pm

Survival Camp

July 17 @ 8:30 am - July 19 @ 12:00 pm

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Our 62-acre campus has 5 different ecosystems, each with its own outdoor classroom and opportunity for exploration.


Our New Elementary Building

The Dr. Philip A. Wheeler Environmental Center gives students an innovative, creative and engaging environment to experience learning.

“This school is tremendous and I couldn’t imagine sending my son anywhere else.Where can you go and receive so much one-on-one attention and complete upfront communication from the staff.”
Jennifer Dietrich, Parent
“When I came to WMAES, I knew I had found the right fit for my teaching style. It’s rare to have colleagues so willing to work together, and a student body so accepting of each other. Plus, what science teacher wouldn’t want a 62-acre outdoor “lab”?”
Robert Barrett, HS Environmental Science Teacher
“The opportunities our students have to explore the outdoors and learn about the world around them is amazing! Students at WMAES love learning in our environment. I always seem to learn something new too!”
Kimberly Jones, PreKindergarten Teacher
“Because of the outstanding group of students, teachers, and administration at WMAES, I have complete confidence our graduates leave with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college and beyond.”
Julie Tuuk, Parent and HS Social Studies Teacher
No two children are alike, mine certainly are not, but WMAES has been a great fit for them both. I recommend the school all the time and those interested should always explore and check out WMAES for their students.”
April Sutphin-Nelson, Parent