Loving our downstream neighbor.
Plaster Creek Stewards is a collaboration of Calvin University faculty, staff, and students working with local schools, churches, and community partners to restore the health and beauty of the watershed. We focus on research, education, and on-the-ground restoration (working directly to restore the watershed).
“Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.” —Wendell Berry
- Curb-cut Rain Gardens
A collaboration of Calvin University faculty, staff, and students working with local partners to restore Plaster Creek watershed.
- Raising community awareness about the watershed through workshops, seminars, presentations, and volunteer workdays.
- Monitoring stream health through a research methods class, part of the Biology curriculum.
- Implementing on-the-ground habitat restoration throughout the watershed.
While we don't have any upcoming events to show at this time, we welcome you to take a look at some of our recently passed events.
Inauguration - Future Thriving: Sustainability at Calvin, in Grand Rapids and in Our Watersheds
- Sat, October 22, 2022
- 9:00 AM
We currently do not have any announcements at this time. Please come back soon!
Plaster Creek Background
The Plaster Creek watershed covers about 58 square miles, all in metropolitan Grand Rapids, Michigan. The creek itself is about 14 miles long. Its headwaters originate south and east of Grand Rapids, with many of the tributaries coming from agricultural areas around Dutton and Caledonia. The creek flows through commercial and residential areas of the city, and finally through industrial areas and low-income neighborhoods before emptying into the Grand River a mile south of downtown Grand Rapids.
Raising community awareness about the watershed through workshops, seminars, presentations, and volunteer workdays
Monitoring stream health and restoration best practices through research methods class and summer research projects
Implementing on-the-ground habitat restoration throughout the watershed aiming for healthy neighborhoods and waters
Your time matters.
Volunteers of all ages from the Grand Rapids area are one of our greatest natural resources. If you’d like to make a tangible difference, we need your passion and your talent. In return, you’ll find a welcoming, supportive, and appreciative environment. Opportunities are available for a variety of ages and groups.
Your generosity matters.
Funding by numerous individual donors makes the summer high school Green Team a possibility. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support from the community. Your financial support enables Plaster Creek Stewards to engage in community building work that includes healthy plants, water, and neighborhoods. Contributions of $10, $50, $1000, or more will help us cover costs that will occur over time!
Your place matters.
Have you ever considered “rainscaping” your yard? Native plants have deep roots that help filter and soak up stormwater, preventing runoff while also providing habitat for Michigan birds and butterflies. Contact us or another Native Plant Guild member for advice or help turning your space into a creek friendly yard.