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City Overhauls Carnegie Building Lights as Part of 2020 Renewable Energy Goal

The Ticker, February 1, 2019

Change in light fixtures could reduce energy usage by over 15,000 kilowatt hours a year.

Community Foundations Awarded Grant to Support Combined Clean Energy Efforts in the Region

Harbor Light, February 13, 2019

This work focuses on building new and stronger relationships and partnerships, supporting greater community understanding and increased engagement with clean energy efforts.

Up Close with a Sturgeon

Traverse City Record Eagle, May 2, 2019

The SEEDS After School program at Rapid City Elementary hosted a sturgeon in partnership with the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. 

Meet Bubbles

The Antrim Review, May 16, 2019

Some classrooms get hamsters. Some classrooms get turtles. The classrooms at Rapid City Elementary got a sturgeon.

Gardens at Historic Barns Park

9 and 10 News, May 30, 2019

SEEDS is another nonprofit that uses a piece of the land to practice farming, energy education and more.

Youth Conservation Corps Builds Planter Boxes for Horticulture Program

Traverse City Record Eagle, June 17, 2019

Program benefits Paul Oliver Memorial Hospital patients and staff.

Green Team Seeks to Get Plant Life Growing at Hospital

The Benzie County Record Patriot, June 25, 2019

High School Youth Conservation Corpsmembers help build planter boxes for patients.

SEEDS Annual Field Day at Historic Barns Park

9&10 News, June 26, 2019

More than 100 students learned through play at Historic Barns Park. Video

SEEDS After School Field Day

Traverse City Record Eagle, June 28, 2019

Teams competed in a water relay race used to demonstrate energy transfer during the SEEDS After School Field Day at the Historic Barns Park in Traverse City.

After School Programs Expanded

The Benzie County Record Patriot, July 1, 2019

Local nonprofit SEEDS received 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants to renew current sites and add more for Fall 2019.

New After School Programming Coming to Marion Elementary

Cadillac News, July 10, 2019

Quality After School and Summer Programming expanded to Marion Elementary.

SEEDS Loves Benzie County!

Families First Magazine, August/September Issue, 2019

SEEDS After School and the SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps programs are blooming in Benzie County.

Taking Root

Kalkaska Review, September 19, 2019

SEEDS After School renewed and expanding in Kalkaska and Forest Area Schools

Sleeping Bear Dunes Celebrates Opening of New Trail

MLive, October 7, 2019

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps is part of rare new trail construction at Sleeping Bear.

SEEDS After School Programs Expands to Fife Lake Elementary

9&10 News, October 16, 2019

SEEDS has offered an after school program at Fife Lake Middle School for years, now they’re taking the program over to the elementary school.

Talking Trash: Composting

9&10 News, November 5, 2019

Sarna Salzman with SEEDS, a nonprofit specializing in after school programs for ecology and conservation, breaks down the basics of composting for families.

Gold Certification for Traverse City

Traverse City Record Eagle, November 27, 2019

The City of Traverse City was awarded Gold Certification for its sustainability projects as part of the 2019 Michigan Green Communities Challenge.


Graham Sustainability Institute

University of Michigan, January 2, 2018

Awards for collaborative sustainability research announced.

Love Our Communities

Traverse Bay Family Lifestyles, Spring 2018

SEEDS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to implement local solutions to global issues at the intersection of ecology, education, and design.

Improving Their Skills

Manistee News, March 2018

Brethren SEEDS After School students have fun with math at family math night.

Angling for Knowledge

The Kalkaska Review, March 1, 2018

Rapid City Elementary SEEDS After School students learn how to tie fish flies with the Adams Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Pollinator Project Works to Clear Vacant Lots in Saginaw

NBC 25 News, May 9, 2018

SEEDS partners with the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy to clear vacant lots in Saginaw and replace with pollinators. Find the news clip here.

SEEDS Earns High Marks in Recent Drawdown EcoChallenge

The Kalkaska Review, May 17, 2018

Local nonprofits SEEDS and its supporters came together last month as Team EcoSEEDS to participate in the international Drawdown EcoChallenge, taking actions on solutions to climate change. The team placed 30th out of 750 teams worldwide.

Educational Corner

DNR/DEQ Retiree Association Newsletter, July 2018

SEEDS has been investing in youth, the environment, and the Northern Michigan region for almost twenty years!

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps Ready for Hire

Traverse City Record Eagle, July 3, 2018

“It’s a good job — not stuck behind a desk because that’s boring,” said crew member Chris Stevens. “I get to work in the environment, beautify the environment, give back to it as much as we can because we aren’t here forever. The trees will be here long after we’re gone.”

SEEDS After School Program Expands

The Benzie County Record Patriot,  July 27, 2018

The SEEDS After School program is coming to Benzie Academy and Fife Lake Elementary this fall. The program is funded by a Michigan Department of Education 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant. 

Forest Area Schools Offering Three Meals a Day

9&10 News, August 17, 2018

"The SEEDS program feeds kids dinner. The school believes the nutritious meals do more than fill bellies – but really fuel the minds of their students. 'We need to make sure all our kids are taken care of their baselines, emotionally, physically and if we can do all of that then were able to educate them,' said Forest Area Principal Lisa Magee." Find the link to the news report here.

EBT Processing Changing at Sara Hardy Farmers Market

Traverse City Record Eagle,  August 19, 2018

"There are people that start their shopping by swiping their Bridge Cards at the Seeds House every Wednesday and Saturday at the Sara Hardy Downtown Farmers Market."

Looking Forward to the Next School Year

3 Lakes Association Newsletter,  Fall 2018

"Rapid City SEEDS After School was granted, from SEOP, three water testing dip nets for testing at the Rapid River." 

Saginaw to Kalkaska: Youth Working Outside

The Kalkaska Review,  November 15, 2018

"I got into the SEEDS programs because most of my life I was an inside kind of kid and being outside is a new experience for me."


2017 Corpsmember of the Year

The Corps Network, January 2017

Leticia Rocha of SEEDS named Corpsmember of the Year

Featured Person of the Week

MI News 26, January 16, 2017

Person of the Week: Leticia Rocha

Possible Federal Budget Cuts Concern Local Non Profits

Up North Live, February 27, 2017

Possible 2018 federal budget includes cuts to AmeriCorps.

Partnership Stories

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, March 29, 2017

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps builds viewing deck at Green Point Dunes.

Building Skills & Resilience

Fremont Area Community Foundation, April 11, 2017

SEEDS Youth Conservation Corps crew constructs trail and supports recovery of an endangered butterfly species.

Green Team Works on Earth-Friendly Goals

Traverse City Record Eagle, September 2, 2017

Team seeks to measure TC's renewable energy use, consults with Ann Arbor officials on their eco-friendly efforts.

Green Team Devises Renewable Energy Goal Metric

Traverse City Record Eagle, October 17, 2017

Commissioners question particulars of baseline, seeking help to meet goal.

Nonprofit Introduces Teens to Conservation Work

WNEM, October 26, 2017

New group in Saginaw focuses on preserving local wildlife and teaching valuable trade skills.

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