The Art of Stewardship

EcoSchool Project Portfolio


Brethren; Kalkaska; Mesick




  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Blackbird Arts
  • Inland Seas Education Association
  • Floyd M. Jewett (Mesick) Elementary School
  • The Grand Traverse Stewardship Initiative
  • Kaleva Norman Dickson Elementary School
  • The Michigan Department of Education
  • Rapid City Elementary School
  • Worthington Family Foundation


The Art of Stewardship was a SEEDS EcoSchool project in 2018 that promoted science plus art, focusing on eco-STEM. Projects like sculpting huge freshwater macro-invertebrates combined STEM, art, and a passion for ecosystem stewardship! 

The artwork generated by the young artists were proudly curated and displayed all summer at the classroom of Inland Seas Education Center in Suttons Bay, a space which is visited by students and adults from all over Michigan to learn more about Great Lakes stewardship.

Combining environmental science with art promoted self-directed learning and sharpened critical and creative skills. By providing environmental education sessions followed by complementary art sessions, students learned about their own ecosystems and then cemented this understanding with an art experience. Highly hands-on, this curriculum is also considered a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) and Art experience. This unique combination allowed each youngster to further develop their own sense of place.