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Meet Our New Nature-Based Preschool Staff

This year, we have added our nature-based preschool where hands-on, experiential learning takes place. Our focus will be developing the foundation of early childhood academic skills that will make them prepared for kindergarten and beyond.    Inside the Early Childhood Center, you will also find two teachers that are trained in environmental education and motivated to [...]

By |2019-09-20T11:26:30-04:00September 15th, 2019|School News|

The view from our cafeteria window – our observation beehive

WMAES has an observation beehive that you can view from the cafeteria window. There is a bee safe box that holds 8 frames and a hole in the wall with a tube that leads to the outdoors. The bees come and go as they please without ever making contact with humans. If you haven't had [...]

By |2019-09-20T11:35:05-04:00September 11th, 2019|School News|

New Green Team for 2019/20

We are forming a new Green Team for the 2019-2020 school year.   It is open to 2nd-8th graders who are interested in helping the school to continue our commitment to sustainability by recycling, composting, attending bi-weekly meetings (Every other Tuesday), going on field trips, making new friends and much more. One representative will be [...]

By |2019-09-20T11:36:53-04:00August 20th, 2019|School News|

Blaze Their Own Trail

Students are thriving at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science through service learning. For the past nine years, WMAES students have been going on a week-long, environmentally-focused service learning trip. They have assisted with trail restoration and building, oyster restoration, community gardens and coastline preservation. This year, 18 students from the 11th and 12th grade [...]

By |2019-06-12T17:03:00-04:00June 12th, 2019|School News|

Maranda Visits for Earth Day

It could be said that every day is earth day at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science! Our students learn outdoors nearly every day by exploring our 62-acre campus. From gardens to grow our salad bar to trails and ponds to collect samples - our preschool through 12th-grade  students transition from desk to dirt all [...]

By |2019-10-08T08:30:17-04:00April 24th, 2019|School News|

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life: Holly Orians

The quote “if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life” summarizes the passion and commitment Holly Orians has for the environmental education program at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science.   Holly Orians has been the key to its success. This is her 16th year at WMAES and she [...]

By |2019-05-28T12:27:25-04:00April 17th, 2019|School News|

Hip Hip Hooray! It’s almost Spring Break!

Whatever you have planned for spring break, we hope you have a blast. Whether you are relaxing on a beach in Florida or enjoying a staycation, below is a list of ideas to rejuvenate and refresh over the next week!  Take a walk outside and enjoy the fresh air. Read a book. Meet up with [...]

By |2019-03-27T12:16:35-04:00March 27th, 2019|School News|

Kerri Barrett Named Top 10 Administrators by Michigan Association of Public School Academies

We are proud to announce that Kerri Barrett, Elementary Principal of West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science has been named one of the 10 semifinalists for the 2019 Michigan’s Charter School Administrator of the Year Award! From nearly 600 total nominations and 200 submitted applications, she was selected as part of the top 10 administrators [...]

By |2019-03-18T12:37:19-04:00March 18th, 2019|School News|

16 students excelled during their Capstone Experience presentations

Last week Wednesday and Thursday marked another successful year of Capstone Experience presentations at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. This year 16 students spent a year researching and digging deep into a societal, environmental, or health-related issue that they felt very strongly about. The students focused on a plethora of issues such as the [...]

By |2019-05-23T12:03:55-04:00March 8th, 2019|School News|

Woodland Indian Pottery project

As part of a grant from Groundswell Michigan, WMAES 8th graders spent two days working on a Woodland Indian Pottery project lead by Erik VonSteen. The students took raw clay (Erik dug it from the ground), cleaned out the roots and small rocks, and added temper (sand) to it so it could be [...]

By |2019-02-19T13:53:08-05:00January 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|