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Students celebrate a year in LEEP

• May 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM

WEST OLIVE — Ottawa County’s Hemlock Crossing park hosted a LEEP end-of-term celebration for students and their families on Sunday.

Lakeshore Environmental Education Program (LEEP) has after-school programs for fifth- through eighth-graders in public, private and charter schools in Spring Lake, Grand Haven and Ferrysburg. It is a program of Wetland Watch, a non-profit, grass-roots environmental group in Spring Lake.

Funding for the LEEP program for this school year came from the Tri-Cities Women Who Care.

Following a picnic lunch, the group of about 75 representing three generations chose activities including an hour-and-a-half hike through the park or three rotating activities that included a bird walk with binoculars, wetland investigation and a chance to walk a short trail blindfolded.

All were impressed with the signs of an active beaver on the Pigeon River, which runs through the park in Port Sheldon Township.

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