Project Summary

Southwestern Classical Academy is an urban middle/high school located on the south side of Flint, Michigan. Several years ago, the school became the unexpected spring home of migrating mallards looking for a place to raise their young. Concerned about the lack of food and water in the school’s four courtyards, the students decided to create a rain garden-like vernal pool habitat in nearby Cronin Derby Downs to give the ducks a better and safer place to lay their eggs.

This project was supported by Discovering PLACE, one of nine regional hubs that comprise the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.