SEEDS Ecology & Education Centers
A multifaceted organization

Our History & Programs

SEEDS Ecology & Education Centers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to implement local solutions to global issues at the intersection of ecology, education, and design. SEEDS was incorporated in 1999 by a handful of graduate students seeking ecology, education, and design solutions. The organization has always embraced the word "design" to be broadly inclusive, from designing engaging educational curriculum, to the design of methodologies for monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, to the design of buildings and neighborhoods. With the understanding that we operate within a complex interconnected socio-ecological system, we use a few primary program categories to frame our work:


   Teaching & Learning

SEEDS provides high-quality education to hundreds of K-12 students every day. Using hands-on activities, we teach a variety of subjects, including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), art, cooking, ecology, life skills, and career exploration. Every day, our After School students receive homework help, a healthy meal, and time outside!


SEEDS EcoCorps is a career exploration and workforce development program. Crew members serve their community while gaining valuable work experience and trades training. Our work includes historic preservation, parkland improvement, trail building, habitat restoration, small scale construction, reforestation, and more!

   Energy & Environment

SEEDS assists individuals and institutions with their 'green' goals by helping define and forecast the triple bottom line impacts of their choices and then coaching through implementation strategies. We regularly facilitate green teams and develop action plans to help partners reduce costs, reduce waste, and reduce their carbon footprint.

    Historic Barns Park

As a management partner of this public park in Traverse City, our mission comes alive in all its facets. We host school field trips, our EcoCorps crews help with build-out and maintenance projects, and Energy & Environment concepts and solutions are shared through exhibits, tours, and demonstrations.


Our work involves bringing these areas together, engaging stakeholders, and practicing strategies for change that have measurable outcomes. We invite you to learn more about our projects, our staff, and our work! See our Twentieth Anniversary Report to learn more.