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Setting the Foundation for Life

Young students love learning at WMAES – because our learning literally has no walls. Throughout the year, students move from classrooms to forests, computers to prairies, and science labs to wetlands.

Our students participate in water sampling, bird watching, plant identification, and a variety of environmentally-based programs, in addition to receiving quality instruction in traditional areas such as reading, writing, math and social studies. Other classes such as Spanish, art, physical education and computer technology provide further stimulation for each child, and creates solid groundwork for a lifelong love of learning.

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science offers affordable before and after school childcare for elementary students. The program allows students to complete homework and interact socially with their peers.

Hi! I’m Kerri Barrett, Elementary Principal at WMAES. kerri-barrett-wmaes

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science has a commitment to excellence. Every member of our staff has a passion for our students and their growth. Together, with families, we are providing our students with the knowledge and experiences that will prepare them for achieving their goal.

Our New Elementary Building is Open!

The Dr. Philip A. Wheeler Environmental Center gives students an innovative, creative and engaging environment to experience learning. Take a virtual tour of the new building by watching the video.

Elementary News

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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. Big shout-out to Shawn Wessell, Leanne DeYoung, Cam Smith, and Lauren Beuving for chaperoning and [...]

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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 turtles are very fond of earthworms and can lure the worms to the surface by [...]

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Winter Weather is Here

As we begin to experience some of the more “normal” winter weather for West Michigan, please make the necessary safety arrangements to get your children to school. Keep your eyes and ears open for cancellations that will be posted on most television stations before 6:30 am. Please be sure we [...]

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STEAM School Challenge

On Friday, October 27, 68 students from West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, Muskegon Montessori Academy for Environmental Change (our sister school) and Creative Technologies Academy participated in a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Challenge. This is the first of three events planned throughout the year which will [...]

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