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Welcome to

The Ebersole Institute for Environmental Education

Through the integration of diverse experiences, practical knowledge, and innovative learning opportunities, our mission is to empower learners to go confidently into the world, to translate ideas into action, and to function as productive members of a team in order to become stewards of the Earth, positive contributors to society, and agents of change.

Benjamin Botwinski, Director                                     517.755.5001                                      


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This program is open to any third or fourth-year high school, student that is currently enrolled in the Lansing School District.  Ideal candidates would be students that:  

  • Are excited about learning in a hands-on, minds-on way;
  • Are ready to learn more about the natural world and how best to manage and protect it;
  • Are looking for a non-traditional senior year experience; and  
  • Are ready for a "soft launch" into living away from home. 

As space in this unique program is limited to 40 students, 20 males and 20 females, we will give preference to students that: 

  • Are off-track to graduate and in need additional time, attention, and support; and
  • Are overcoming hardship or other exceptionally challenging life circumstance.
Individualized Graduation Plan (IGP):

Each EIEE student will work with a graduation specialist to create an IGP.  The IGP will serve as a basis for planning their schedule and tracking progress towards graduation.

  Virtual Academic Support & Mentorship:  

Throughout the first semester EIEE students will have access to virtual academic supports and mentorship.  This will look like a series of scheduled weekly virtual check-ins (1-on-1), virtual office hour drop-in opportunities (1-on-1), and planned virtual tutoring sessions (small groups).

  Lansing-Based Programs:

Throughout the first semester there will be a series of events to bring EIEE students together for team-building activities and informational sessions.

  Ebersole-Based Programs:  

Throughout the first semester there will also be a series of planned Ebersole-based programs for EIEE students. These will occur on days off from regular school. Students will have an opportunity to see progress on the facilities, get familiar with the grounds, and do some team-building.

  Semester-Long Intensive at Ebersole:  

During the second semester (January 2023 through May 2023) EIEE students will stay, free of charge, at Ebersole full-time Monday through Friday, returning home at the end of the school day on Friday afternoons.  While onsite, students will have the opportunity to participate in their core and elective courses, course intensives to earn extra credits towards graduation, and ample environmental education-based enrichment and internship opportunities.

No.  Participation in the Ebersole Institute for Environmental Education is completely free for Lansing School District students.  Second semester, when students move onsite Monday through Friday, transportation to and from Ebersole will be provided.  In addition, students will receive breakfast, lunch, dinner and an evening snack. 

Below you will find details about the enrollment process and timeline.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call the Ebersole Center at 517-755-5001. 

Enrollment Process and Timeline:

  1. Online Interest Form.  Interested students can complete the online Ebersole Institute interest form by clicking HERE.  We will be accepting interest forms through the end of November.   
  2. Ebersole Institute Application.  After interest forms are reviewed, we will reach out to students and families to complete a longer Ebersole Institute Registration (click HERE).  This registration will include questions about health history, etc.  We will be accepting registrations through the end of December. 
  3. Interviews/Information Session.  Once the applications are reviewed, we will reach out to students and families for an interview/information session to learn more about the program and determine if it will be a good fit.  We plan to schedule these interviews/information sessions in an ongoing way through November and December.    
  4. Selection Offers.  We anticipate extending offers to students to join the Ebersole Institute in November and December.   

Our intent is to have students identified and the necessary program elements and supports in place prior to the start of the second semester.    


  • 24/7 Confidential Crisis line:  1-800-273-TALK
  • Crisis Text: Text HOME to 741-741 
  • Ingham County Community Mental Health: 517-346-8460
  • Child & Family Charities:  882-4000
  • Ele's Place:  517-482-1315 
  • 211 (Families can call 211 to be linked with additional resources)

More mental health resources are available on our Office of School Culture website.

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11,500 Enrollment by 2025
85% Graduation Rate by 2025
90% Attendance by 2025

Title IX - Sex Discrimination/Gender Equity/Sexual Harassment

What is Title IX?

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any District program, service or activity including, but not limited to: educational programs or activities, e.g., extracurricular activities, student services, academic counseling, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, athletics, transportation, etc.

Unlawful Discriminatory Practices Under Title IX

Sexual Harassment (unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature)

Sexual Misconduct/Violence (rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual exploitation and other forms of non-consensual sexual activity)

Stalking (repeatedly following, harassing, threatening or intimidating including by telephone, mail, electronic communication or social media)

Retaliation (adverse academic or other actions against anyone reporting or participating in an investigation of Title IX allegations)

PDF DocumentSexual Misconduct Policy
PDF DocumentSeptember 30, 2020 - Clark Hill Power Point Presentation
PDF DocumentTitle IX Grievance Procedures
PDF DocumentInvestigation Procedures A to Z - November 2, 2020

Reporting Prohibited Behavior

Members of the school district community who believe that a Title IX violation may have occurred, should discuss their concerns and/or file a complaint with the District’s Title IX coordinator:


Darin Walter
Title IX Coordinator
Erin Miracle
Title IX Compliance Officer

PDF DocumentHelp Hotline Phone Numbers

Title IX concerns can also be mailed to:
Lansing School District
519 West Kalamazoo
Lansing, MI 48933