Design Planning for Rain Gardens - Ada Township Parks
Apr
28
9:00 AM09:00

Design Planning for Rain Gardens - Ada Township Parks

Part 1 - Design Planning for Rain Gardens

Free - Registration Required

Ada Township Parks presents the following Rain Garden workshops as part lecture and part design-charrette.

Part 1 - Learn how rain gardens and other green infrastructure practices can be biodiverse as well as functional. Help design a new rain garden near the north entrance of Roselle Park.

Part 2 - Install native plants and receive a free rain garden plant.

Call the office for more info: 616-676-0520 or contact mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com

Part 2 - Rain Garden Installation
Saturday, June 2
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Free - Registration Required

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Rain Barrel Workshop
May
1
6:30 PM18:30

Rain Barrel Workshop

LGROW and partners, including Trout Unlimited, WMEAC, the City of Grand Rapids and more have been working on a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant in the Rogue River, Lamberton Creek, and Plaster Creek watersheds. Through this grant, we have worked with three schools, over 200 students, marking storm drains, conducting rain barrel workshops, and planting native gardens. These efforts will help to make people aware of water quality concerns and the practices will store, slow, and filter the water running off of lawns and streets, into our waterways. To learn more about this grant visit www.lgrow.org/glri

There will be approximately 80 rain barrels constructed and given away this year to residents of the Rogue River, Plaster Creek, and Lamberton Creek watersheds through this project.

If you are interested in attending the next rain barrel workshop in the Rogue River watershed, please RSVP because space and materials are limited!

Keep an eye out for more rain barrel workshops coming to YOUR watershed!

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15th Annual Spring Forum
May
11
8:30 AM08:30

15th Annual Spring Forum

LGROW is hosting its 15th Annual Grand River Spring Forum on Friday, May 11, 2018, from 8:30 am – 11:30m at the Wisner Center in the Cascade Township Library. Registration begins at 8:00am. After the Forum, you may choose to attend a guided ravine tour (no RSVP required, lunch on your own) or an informative kayak trip with lunch provided Kayak trip is SOLD OUT, ending at Gravel Bottom Brewery.  

At this year’s Spring Forum, regional water leaders will provide thought-provoking presentations and action-oriented solutions that reflect current projects in the Lower Grand River Watershed. The Forum will also feature a moderated panel discussion regarding stormwater management. LGROW has made it a priority to raise awareness about water quality in the Grand River Watershed. We would like you to be a part of this and hope will you join us!

An agenda will be posted soon at www.lgrow.org

 
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Flat River Watershed Council Meeting
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

Flat River Watershed Council Meeting

Get involved with the Flat River Watershed Council

ATTEND: Our monthly council meetings.  Held the third Monday of every month.  We meet at the Main Street Inn in downtown Lowell.  Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and typically run an hour.  No meetings are held in July or December.

VOLUNTEER: Stream clean-ups, educational outings, and stream sampling are just a few of the activities we would love to have help with.  Signing up for our e-mail list is one way to gain information about the council.  If you're a Facebook user please LIKE our page to stay in touch with us.

DONATE:  We are a non-profit organization in search of funding to maintain sampling projects, educational programs, and implementation of a basin wide watershed management plan.  Please e-mail us at information@flatriverwatershed.org for more information or questions.

EDUCATE: Visit our Take Action page for information on ways to protect the Flat River.

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Friends of Indian Mill Creek Meeting
May
23
3:30 PM15:30

Friends of Indian Mill Creek Meeting

The Friends of Indian Mill Creek will be meeting to discuss the upcoming spring clean up details & priority locations, other upcoming events, 

Join the Friends of Indian Mill Creek Facebook Group

Subscribe to the Friends of Indian Mill Creek Mailing List

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Flat River Watershed Council Meeting
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

Flat River Watershed Council Meeting

Get involved with the Flat River Watershed Council

ATTEND: Our monthly council meetings.  Held the third Monday of every month.  We meet at the Main Street Inn in downtown Lowell.  Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and typically run an hour.  No meetings are held in July or December.

VOLUNTEER: Stream clean-ups, educational outings, and stream sampling are just a few of the activities we would love to have help with.  Signing up for our e-mail list is one way to gain information about the council.  If you're a Facebook user please LIKE our page to stay in touch with us.

DONATE:  We are a non-profit organization in search of funding to maintain sampling projects, educational programs, and implementation of a basin wide watershed management plan.  Please e-mail us at information@flatriverwatershed.org for more information or questions.

EDUCATE: Visit our Take Action page for information on ways to protect the Flat River.

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9th Annual Grand River Water Festival
Jun
23
12:00 PM12:00

9th Annual Grand River Water Festival

Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Grand River Water Festival!

This amazing, water focused festival, features a number of local folk music artists, non-profit organizations, artists, speakers, an interactive kids tent, food truck vendors and more! This event is free to the public!

Among other non-profit organizations, LGROW will have a table this year focusing on the Grand River Water Trail and Grand River Rainscaping Program.

Volunteers are needed, if you or your organization are interested in volunteering at the festival click the SignUp button below. If you or your organization are interested in having a table or performing at the water festival visit www.GrandRiverWaterFestival.org 

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LGROW at the WhiteCaps
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

LGROW at the WhiteCaps

Join us at Fifth Third Ballpark, Thursday, July 26 for another exciting WhiteCaps Baseball game! Meet Major Runoff and other LGROW staff and learn about watersheds, take home a cool LGROW baseball, and more!

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Flat River Watershed Council Meeting
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

Flat River Watershed Council Meeting

Get involved with the Flat River Watershed Council

ATTEND: Our monthly council meetings.  Held the third Monday of every month.  We meet at the Main Street Inn in downtown Lowell.  Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and typically run an hour.  No meetings are held in July or December.

VOLUNTEER: Stream clean-ups, educational outings, and stream sampling are just a few of the activities we would love to have help with.  Signing up for our e-mail list is one way to gain information about the council.  If you're a Facebook user please LIKE our page to stay in touch with us.

DONATE:  We are a non-profit organization in search of funding to maintain sampling projects, educational programs, and implementation of a basin wide watershed management plan.  Please e-mail us at information@flatriverwatershed.org for more information or questions.

EDUCATE: Visit our Take Action page for information on ways to protect the Flat River.

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Flat River Watershed Council Meeting
Sep
17
6:30 PM18:30

Flat River Watershed Council Meeting

Get involved with the Flat River Watershed Council

ATTEND: Our monthly council meetings.  Held the third Monday of every month.  We meet at the Main Street Inn in downtown Lowell.  Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and typically run an hour.  No meetings are held in July or December.

VOLUNTEER: Stream clean-ups, educational outings, and stream sampling are just a few of the activities we would love to have help with.  Signing up for our e-mail list is one way to gain information about the council.  If you're a Facebook user please LIKE our page to stay in touch with us.

DONATE:  We are a non-profit organization in search of funding to maintain sampling projects, educational programs, and implementation of a basin wide watershed management plan.  Please e-mail us at information@flatriverwatershed.org for more information or questions.

EDUCATE: Visit our Take Action page for information on ways to protect the Flat River.

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Flat River Watershed Council Meeting
Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

Flat River Watershed Council Meeting

Get involved with the Flat River Watershed Council

ATTEND: Our monthly council meetings.  Held the third Monday of every month.  We meet at the Main Street Inn in downtown Lowell.  Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and typically run an hour.  No meetings are held in July or December.

VOLUNTEER: Stream clean-ups, educational outings, and stream sampling are just a few of the activities we would love to have help with.  Signing up for our e-mail list is one way to gain information about the council.  If you're a Facebook user please LIKE our page to stay in touch with us.

DONATE:  We are a non-profit organization in search of funding to maintain sampling projects, educational programs, and implementation of a basin wide watershed management plan.  Please e-mail us at information@flatriverwatershed.org for more information or questions.

EDUCATE: Visit our Take Action page for information on ways to protect the Flat River.

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Flat River Watershed Council Meeting
Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Flat River Watershed Council Meeting

Get involved with the Flat River Watershed Council

ATTEND: Our monthly council meetings.  Held the third Monday of every month.  We meet at the Main Street Inn in downtown Lowell.  Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and typically run an hour.  No meetings are held in July or December.

VOLUNTEER: Stream clean-ups, educational outings, and stream sampling are just a few of the activities we would love to have help with.  Signing up for our e-mail list is one way to gain information about the council.  If you're a Facebook user please LIKE our page to stay in touch with us.

DONATE:  We are a non-profit organization in search of funding to maintain sampling projects, educational programs, and implementation of a basin wide watershed management plan.  Please e-mail us at information@flatriverwatershed.org for more information or questions.

EDUCATE: Visit our Take Action page for information on ways to protect the Flat River.

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Managing your property for Invasive Plants
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Managing your property for Invasive Plants

April 25 - 7 p.m. $5 per person.

Locally invasive plants like Asian bittersweet, garlic mustard and others diminish ecosystems and our personal property values. This presentation will teach you how to identify key plants and how to create a plan to mediate their damage on your property. Event held in Roselle Park, 1010 Grand River Dr.

Registration is now open for summer youth programs and the Ada Kids' Garden!

See program details on the Ada Parks website.

To register, call 616-676-0520 or contact Mark Fitzpatrick.

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Earth Day at Blandford Nature Center - Volunteer Opportunity
Apr
21
12:00 PM12:00

Earth Day at Blandford Nature Center - Volunteer Opportunity

"We’re celebrating 50 years of getting people outdoors! Blandford invites YOU to come out and see all that we have to offer. Free of charge, come explore the trails, buildings, farm and take part in earth day activities. Volunteer opportunities are also available on this day during a morning and afternoon session".

This program is for all ages
 NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

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Plaster Creek Stewards Spring Event
Apr
21
9:00 AM09:00

Plaster Creek Stewards Spring Event

Navigating the New Normal: Watershed Restoration in the Context of Climate Change. Join us for a morning of education paired with local watershed restoration work. Meet at the Calvin College CFAC Recital Hall for a conversation around climate change followed by hands-on watershed restoration work. Celebrate Earth Day with inspired volunteering. Save the date!

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Grand River Update
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Grand River Update

April 19 - 7 p.m. Free event.

A presentation about the status and initiatives taking place on the Grand River. Highlights include a project overview of the Grand River Revitalization & Rapids Restoration project by Wendy Ogilvie of LGROW. Pre-registration required as space is limited. Event held in Roselle Park, 1010 Grand River Dr.

Registration is now open for summer youth programs and the Ada Kids' Garden!

See program details on the Ada Parks website.

To register, call 616-676-0520 or contact Mark Fitzpatrick

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Flat River Watershed Council Meeting
Apr
16
6:30 PM18:30

Flat River Watershed Council Meeting

Get involved with the Flat River Watershed Council

ATTEND: Our monthly council meetings.  Held the third Monday of every month.  We meet at the Main Street Inn in downtown Lowell.  Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and typically run an hour.  No meetings are held in July or December.

VOLUNTEER: Stream clean-ups, educational outings, and stream sampling are just a few of the activities we would love to have help with.  Signing up for our e-mail list is one way to gain information about the council.  If you're a Facebook user please LIKE our page to stay in touch with us.

DONATE:  We are a non-profit organization in search of funding to maintain sampling projects, educational programs, and implementation of a basin wide watershed management plan.  Please e-mail us at information@flatriverwatershed.org for more information or questions.

EDUCATE: Visit our Take Action page for information on ways to protect the Flat River.

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MWEA Watershed Summit
Mar
28
8:00 AM08:00

MWEA Watershed Summit


Save - the - date!  More information coming soon!

The purpose of this summit is to:

  • Bring together as many of Michigan's watershed groups as possible
  • Provide an opportunity for speakers from other organizations to share information and updates
  • Give groups a chance to interact with and learn from each other
  • Facilitate discussion on current status, concerns and outlooks regarding Michigan's water environment.
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Manager's Tool Kit: Controlling Invasive Species Using Herbicide
Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Manager's Tool Kit: Controlling Invasive Species Using Herbicide

  • Calvin College Bunker Interpretative Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Come review the risks and benefits of herbicide use with State Inspector Jennifer Reay, MSU Pesticide Instructor John Stone, DEQ Biologist Kevin Walters and West Michigan Conservation Network CISMA Coordinator, Drew Rayner. Participants will discuss best management practices for invasive species control. Topics will include roadside inspections, new regulations, strike team and contractor need to know facts and early detection invasive species identification. Earn CEUs. 

Ticket: Cost: $30 at door, $5 for lunch.

RSVP: administrator@kentconservation.org or (616) 222.5801.

www.kentconservation.org

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Kent Conservation District Showcase and Annual Meeting
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Kent Conservation District Showcase and Annual Meeting

  • 1836 East Beltline Avenue Northeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49525 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Presentation topic:
Five Ways Farmers are Protecting Our Soil and Water
The program will be followed by a special announcement on how farmers can take advantage of an additional $2.8 Million coming to Kent County. There will be a panel discussion and recognition of Kent County’s Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program participants. 

Cost: Free buffet dinner. Doors open at 5:30pm, walk-ins welcome! 

All are welcome. Please RSVP to (616) 222-5801 or administrator@kentconservation.org

www.kentconservation.org

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Flat River Watershed Council Meeting
Mar
19
6:30 PM18:30

Flat River Watershed Council Meeting

Get involved with the Flat River Watershed Council

ATTEND: Our monthly council meetings.  Held the third Monday of every month.  We meet at the Main Street Inn in downtown Lowell.  Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and typically run an hour.  No meetings are held in July or December.

VOLUNTEER: Stream clean-ups, educational outings, and stream sampling are just a few of the activities we would love to have help with.  Signing up for our e-mail list is one way to gain information about the council.  If you're a Facebook user please LIKE our page to stay in touch with us.

DONATE:  We are a non-profit organization in search of funding to maintain sampling projects, educational programs, and implementation of a basin wide watershed management plan.  Please e-mail us at information@flatriverwatershed.org for more information or questions.

EDUCATE: Visit our Take Action page for information on ways to protect the Flat River.

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2018 Quiet Water Symposium
Mar
3
8:00 AM08:00

2018 Quiet Water Symposium

The Quiet Water Symposium is an annual event hosted by the Quiet Water Society. This will be the 23rd annual symposium

QUIET WATER SOCIETY

The Quiet Water Society (QW Society) is a non-profit charitable 501(c)(3) corporation. It was founded to:

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  • educate the public and encourage participation in non-motorized outdoor recreation
  • promote public concern for the water resources of the Great Lakes region
  • support environmental stewardship and conservation of natural resources
  • plan and execute annual and special events for any or all of these purposes.

Since 1996, this group of unpaid volunteers has organized and sponsored the Quiet Water Symposium (QWS) as its primary tool for achieving its mission. Our primary source of revenue is from Symposium ticket sales and commercial vendor fees. We are proud to offer non-profit groups their booth space on a no charge basis.

Besides covering the costs incurred in producing QWS, we have been able to make grants to several environmental and conservation efforts. In 2014, we made a substantial donation to the Access Recreation Group, LLC. This group is working to help implement recommendations in the Lake Michigan Water Trail Plan through promotion of “Great Lakes Trail Towns.” By putting dollars back into our waterways, we hope to sustain paddling opportunities for all forever.

If you would like to know more about the Quiet Water Society, you are welcome to attend one of our meetings as posted on this website. Everyone is welcome.


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LGROW is present along with numerous other watershed groups, at the annual symposium, participating in giveaways and providing educational materials on watershed matters. Visit us this year for an opportunity to receive one of our NEW Great Lakes, Grand River stickers and other great prizes and to learn more about the Grand River Water Trail.

To learn more about this event visit quietwatersociety.org/

Interested in volunteering? 

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West Michigan Home and Garden Show
Mar
1
to Mar 4

West Michigan Home and Garden Show

West Michigan’s largest Home & Garden show is back for its 38th season! With 12 feature gardens gardens, 4 free seminar stages and over 350 exhibitors featuring every product and service you’ll ever need, all under one roof, this is the show to attend!

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West Michigan’s premier Home & Garden Show fills DeVos Place with all of your home and garden dreams. Featuring home products and services, remodeling, and interior design, situated between huge sprawling gardens, landscaping, and retail garden centers. Spring is in the air! Four seminar stages packed with experts and the Garden and Art Market with accessories and décor to bring a little Spring home with you.

Ticket Prices:
Adults - $10 | Children (6-14) - $4 | 5 & Under - Free
Multi-Day - $18 (all four days, one low price!)

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Citizen Science Toolbox - Why and How YOU Can Get Involved!
Feb
22
6:30 PM18:30

Citizen Science Toolbox - Why and How YOU Can Get Involved!

  • Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve Bunker Interpretive Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

by West Michigan Conservation Network

Discover how your observations of nature can help scientists expand scientific knowledge by learning about a variety of citizen science programs you and others can participate in. From Ebird to Michigan HerpWatch to Project Budburst, we will highlight a variety of flora and fauna projects that need your help at the local, statewide and national levels. We will also provide tips for incorporating citizen science projects into classroom studies.

Bring your smart devices to quickly download apps and to bookmark other online resources, which can help you enjoy your outdoor exploration, identify species, learn more and provide scientists with valuable data at the same time.

This workshop is also great for teachers, scout leaders and homeschool parents looking to incorporate real work data collection into their teaching. Students love to participate in citizen science projects because they know what they are doing will make a difference.

COST

$20

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Flat River Watershed Council Meeting
Feb
19
6:30 PM18:30

Flat River Watershed Council Meeting

Get involved with the Flat River Watershed Council

ATTEND: Our monthly council meetings.  Held the third Monday of every month.  We meet at the Main Street Inn in downtown Lowell.  Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and typically run an hour.  No meetings are held in July or December.

VOLUNTEER: Stream clean-ups, educational outings, and stream sampling are just a few of the activities we would love to have help with.  Signing up for our e-mail list is one way to gain information about the council.  If you're a Facebook user please LIKE our page to stay in touch with us.

DONATE:  We are a non-profit organization in search of funding to maintain sampling projects, educational programs, and implementation of a basin wide watershed management plan.  Please e-mail us at information@flatriverwatershed.org for more information or questions.

EDUCATE: Visit our Take Action page for information on ways to protect the Flat River.

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Aquinas Economicology Forum
Feb
15
6:00 PM18:00

Aquinas Economicology Forum

  • Aquinas College Wege Studen Center, Ballroom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Grand River Revitalization and Rapids Restoration: Exploring a Holistic Approach to a Complex Project

FREE and Open to the Public!

5:30 PM - Doors Open

6:00 PM - Dinner

6:30 PM - Program

Panel:

  • Facilitator: Sister Damien Marie Savino, Dean of Science and Sustainability at Aquinas College
  • Richard Bishop, President and CEO of Grand Rapids Whitewater
  • Mark DeClereq, P.E., Director of the Engineering Department with the City of Grand Rapids
  • Marty Holtgren, PhD, Fisheries Biologist and Principal Scientists, Encompass Socio-Ecological Consulting
  • Janet Korn, Senior Vice President of Experience Grand Rapid
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Municipal Invasive Species Training
Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Municipal Invasive Species Training

  • Ionia Intermediate School District (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Workers at all levels within a municipality will learn about how they can play a role in stopping the spread of invasives and what they can do to manage them. Building on trainings from 2017, guest speaker topics in 2018 will include recent CISMA activities, invasive species reporting, Michigan Watch List invasive species from Gregory Norwood, Invasive Species Coordinator, DNR Wildlife Division, and concurrent afternoon breakout sessions will cover in-field experiences with treatment and management of invasive species from Drew Rayner, Coordinator, West Michigan CISMA, and recent developments with municipal management of Japanese knotweed from Hannah Hudson, Knotweed Specialist, KnowKnotweed.org. Lunch will beprovided to all registered participants. MDARD Pesticide Applicator Recertification Credits will be offered - 4 credits for Category 6 or Common CORE.

For more details, please visit www.inghamconservation.com/mm-cisma.

REGISTER FOR FREE by noon on February 5th to reserve your spot and ensure lunch--->
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Please email Mid-Michigan CISMA Regional Invasive Species Coordinator, Erin Pavloski, at erin.jarvie@macd.org if you have any questions. We hope to see you on February 13th!

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Friends of Indian Mill Creek Meeting
Feb
6
4:00 PM16:00

Friends of Indian Mill Creek Meeting

Please join us for the Friends of Indian Mill Creek Watershed meeting to learn more about how you can help to restore the Creek to the healthy coldwater trout stream it once was. A few short presentations will provide updates on some of the activities that the watershed partners are working on and explain more about how you can be a part of Indian Mill Creek's recovery. The will be meeting February 6, 2018 from 4pm until 5:30pm at the Boy Scouts of America in Walker. There will be light refreshments offered.

In this meeting we will discuss the 2018 creek clean up schedule and locations, water quality status and concerns, and the pilot LGROW Rainscaping Program. For this program, LGROW is looking for two demonstration sites to install residential green infrastructure in the Indian Mill Creek Watershed. Residential green infrastructure practices can filter as well as greatly reduce the overall amount of stormwater runoff going into storm drains. Click the logo below to learn more.

 
 
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Grand Rapids Public Museum New Exhibit “Water’s Extreme Journey” Opening and Ethnic Heritage Festival
Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

Grand Rapids Public Museum New Exhibit “Water’s Extreme Journey” Opening and Ethnic Heritage Festival

Grand Rapids, MI – Join the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) on February 3 to celebrate two exciting events, the opening of the new exhibit Water’s Extreme Journey and the 2018 Ethnic Heritage Festival!   

Water’s Extreme Journey lets visitors become a water droplet to explore the watershed and learn about why conservation of water is so important.

Ethnic Heritage Festival is a day-long celebration of music, dance, crafts and food representing the various ethnic groups that call West Michigan home.

New Exhibit – Water’s Extreme Journey

In Water’s Extreme Journey, visitors will explore firsthand the science behind the water cycle. Through powerful interactives and local messaging, visitors realize that daily decisions can immediately improve the watershed in their own backyard.

Water’s Extreme Journey transforms the visitor into a drop of water entering a watershed, an area of land where water drains and collects into a shared reservoir. As visitors will discover, a watershed can be right in their own neighborhood, or as big as the Rocky Mountain region!

To explore the exhibition watershed, visitors voyage through rivers, lakes, wetlands, and even their homes, eventually reaching the healthy ocean. Water drops face many hurdles as they interact with humans. Does the farm they encounter use pesticides? Did someone get messy changing their oil? Clean choices keep our drops healthy and moving toward a clean ocean. Dirty choices send our drops down the urban storm drain to the unhealthy ocean, where they evaporate, condensate, and precipitation for another try.

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The GRPM is adding a special addition to the exhibit all about the Grand River restoration. Six banners will show and tell you all about the Grand River, including the history of where the rapids went and the future plans for the River!

Admission to Water’s Extreme Journey and Ethnic Heritage Festival is free with general admission to the GRPM.

Museum members can be the first to see the new exhibit at the members only preview on Friday, February 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. Members can RSVP for the member preview at grpm.org/Water.

Water’s Extreme Journey is sponsored by Meijer and Star 105.7.

This exhibit is brought to you by the citizens of Kent County and the voter approved millage.

ETHNIC HERITAGE FESTIVAL

Ethnic Heritage Festival begins at 10 a.m. and features a variety of organizations, performances, beer tastings and presentations. The Museum Café will feature ethnic food selections and there will be a special International Beer Tasting from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Museum. Event activities are included with general admission to the Museum. The International Beer Tasting is an additional $5.00 and open to those 21 and over. Tickets for the International Beer Tasting will be available for purchase at the Museum’s front desk on the day of the event.

The City of Grand Rapids and the surrounding region have a long standing history of diversity and various cultural traditions dating back from early explorers and fur traders, to modern day cultural rituals from new residents of the region.

Each booth will have various activities and displays for visitors to see and touch, learning more about each culture. Colorful performances will take place throughout the day in the Meijer Theater starting at 10 a.m.

The GRPM hosts two core exhibitions having a primary focus on diversity and culture: Newcomers: The People of This Place which highlights the ethnic groups that have settled the Grand Rapids area, and Anishinabek: The People of this Place which focuses on the Native American culture in the region.

GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC MUSEUM

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit www.grpm.org

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Restoration Service Learning
Jan
20
9:30 AM09:30

Restoration Service Learning

Invasive Species Project at beautiful Townsend Park!

Join like-minded volunteers in scouting and treatment of invasive species like Oriental Bittersweet vine control. Winter is a great time to control these woody plants that are threatening the trees and wildlife habitat! Experience is not necessary - training, supplies and tools will be provided. Dress warmly and expect to have fun while making a difference!

Oriental Bittersweet

Scientific name: Celastrus orbiculatus Thunb. (ITIS)
Common names: Oriental bittersweet, Asiatic bittersweet, round-leaved bittersweet, Oriental staff vine, climbing spindle berry

Selected Resources

Native To: Eastern Asia (Fryer 2011)
Date of U.S. Introduction: 1860s (Fryer 2011)
Means of Introduction: Introduced as an ornamental and for erosion control (Fryer 2011)
Impact: Grows as a vine that smothers plants and uproots trees due to its weight (Fryer 2011)

Current U.S. Distribution: Northeastern and Midwestern U.S.

Images:

Source: https://www.invasivespeciesinfo.gov/plants/bittersweet.shtml

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Flat River Watershed Council Meeting
Jan
15
6:30 PM18:30

Flat River Watershed Council Meeting

Get involved with the Flat River Watershed Council

ATTEND: Our monthly council meetings.  Held the third Monday of every month.  We meet at the Main Street Inn in downtown Lowell.  Meetings begin at 6:30 pm and typically run an hour.  No meetings are held in July or December.

VOLUNTEER: Stream clean-ups, educational outings, and stream sampling are just a few of the activities we would love to have help with.  Signing up for our e-mail list is one way to gain information about the council.  If you're a Facebook user please LIKE our page to stay in touch with us.

DONATE:  We are a non-profit organization in search of funding to maintain sampling projects, educational programs, and implementation of a basin wide watershed management plan.  Please e-mail us at information@flatriverwatershed.org for more information or questions.

EDUCATE: Visit our Take Action page for information on ways to protect the Flat River.

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Friends of Indian Mill Creek & RCPP Meeting
Nov
7
1:00 PM13:00

Friends of Indian Mill Creek & RCPP Meeting

Please join us for the Friends of Indian Mill Creek Watershed meeting to learn more about how you can help to restore the Creek to the healthy coldwater trout stream it once was. A few short presentations will provide updates on some of the activities that the watershed partners are working on and explain more about how you can be a part of Indian Mill Creek's recovery.

This meeting will be a little different, as we are inviting farmers within the Indian Mill Creek Watershed as well. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program encourages partners to join in efforts with producers to increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, wildlife and related natural resources on regional or watershed scales.
Learn more about the RCPP here

Click here for more information about Indian Mill Creek

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State of Lake Michigan Conference
Nov
6
to Nov 9

State of Lake Michigan Conference

Save the date!

The 2017 State of Lake Michigan Conference will be held Nov. 6-9 at the Hyatt Regency (and adjoining KI Convention Center) in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The event will also feature the annual meeting of the Great Lakes Beach Association, and other associated workshops and field trips.

The State of Lake Michigan (SOLM) Conference – a popular, biennial event dating back to 1999 – is hosted this year by the International Association for Great Lakes Research with support from state and local sponsors. SOLM 17 will be the first in an annual series of State of Lake conferences aimed at promoting linkages between the science and policy communities. For more information, visit www.iaglr.org/sol.

Upcoming dates:

  • Call for sessions/workshops: opens April 14, closes May 26
  • Call for abstracts: opens June 20, closes Aug. 11
  • Conference registration: opens June 20, early bird rate ends Sept. 18, closes Oct. 23

Hotel block is now open!

The SOLM hotel block at the Hyatt is now open! SOLM participants are encouraged to book their rooms as soon as possible, as lodging will fill up quickly, especially if there is a Green Bay Packers game scheduled during this week. Please refer to the Venue tab on the SOLM Conference website or visit the direct booking link on the Hyatt website. The conference rate is $119/night for a standard room.

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