Sep
6
4:00 PM16:00

Citizen Science - Macroinvertebrate Sampling

Join us at Blanford Nature Center as GVSU Graduate Student Carlos Calderon gives you the tools you need to evaluate water quality in your own backyard! This is the first in a series of Citizen Science workshops that will enable you to understand water quality tests that you can perform yourself. On September 6, we will focus on the macroinvertebrates that we find in Indian Mill Creek.

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Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) Class - Kalamazoo Co.
Sep
10
6:00 PM18:00

Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) Class - Kalamazoo Co.

CSP consists of the following components, totaling approximately 45+ hours of instruction:

Seven in-person sessions will be held on one evening a week from 6 - 9 p.m.  (21 hours of instruction):

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  • Program Overview
  • Michigan Conservation Heritage
  • Ecological Foundations and Ecoregions
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems : Grasslands
  • Invasive Species/Climate Change
  • Aquatic Ecosystems: Streams
  • Capstone Projects and Commencement

Two full-day Saturday field sessions will be held on Saturdays from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (14 hours of instruction):

  • Terrestrial Field Experience
  • Aquatic Field Experience

Self-paced online learning modules will cover the following content (approximately 10-12 hours):

  • Michigan’s Unique Conservation Heritage and Making Choices for Natural Resources Management
  • Ecology 101
  • Forests and Forest Ecosystems and Management 101
  • Lakes Ecosystems and Management
  • Wetland Ecosystems and Management
  • Climate Change/Invasive Species

Initial CSP requirements consist of:

  • 45+ hours of basic ecological training (including attendance at in-person sessions as well as completion of online learning modules, and completion of required assignments, activities, learning reflections and program evaluations).
  • 40 hours of conservation service annually (opportunities will be shared by the local office of MSU Extension and local partners as they become available). An in-class Capstone Project must also be completed, and counts toward your initial 40-hour service requirement.
  • In subsequent years, 8 hours of advanced training plus 20 hours of volunteer service are for annual recertification (as selected by the individual conservation steward).

Fall 2018 Course Offering Information

Kalamazoo CountySeptember 10th - October 22nd

St. Clair CountySeptember 11th - October 23rd

  • Seven weeknight sessions held on Tuesdays (6 - 9 p.m.) and two Saturday field sessions (Sept. 22 & Sept. 29, 9 - 5 p.m.). Limited partial scholarships are available.
  • For more information, contact Kirsten Lyons (stewardship@scriver.org or 810-294-4965).
  • Register here

Oakland CountySeptember 15th - October 24th 

  • Six weeknight sessions held on Wednesdays (6 - 9 p.m.) and three Saturday field sessions (Sept. 15, Sept. 29, October 20, 9 - 5 p.m.). Registration fee is $250/person. Limited partial scholarships are available.
  • For more information, contact Bindu Bhakta (bhaktabi@anr.msu.edu) or Cathy Morris (248-858-1639).
  • Register here
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Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) Class - St. Clair Co.
Sep
11
6:00 PM18:00

Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) Class - St. Clair Co.

CSP consists of the following components, totaling approximately 45+ hours of instruction:

Seven in-person sessions will be held on one evening a week from 6 - 9 p.m.  (21 hours of instruction):

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  • Program Overview
  • Michigan Conservation Heritage
  • Ecological Foundations and Ecoregions
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems : Grasslands
  • Invasive Species/Climate Change
  • Aquatic Ecosystems: Streams
  • Capstone Projects and Commencement

Two full-day Saturday field sessions will be held on Saturdays from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (14 hours of instruction):

  • Terrestrial Field Experience
  • Aquatic Field Experience

Self-paced online learning modules will cover the following content (approximately 10-12 hours):

  • Michigan’s Unique Conservation Heritage and Making Choices for Natural Resources Management
  • Ecology 101
  • Forests and Forest Ecosystems and Management 101
  • Lakes Ecosystems and Management
  • Wetland Ecosystems and Management
  • Climate Change/Invasive Species

Initial CSP requirements consist of:

  • 45+ hours of basic ecological training (including attendance at in-person sessions as well as completion of online learning modules, and completion of required assignments, activities, learning reflections and program evaluations).
  • 40 hours of conservation service annually (opportunities will be shared by the local office of MSU Extension and local partners as they become available). An in-class Capstone Project must also be completed, and counts toward your initial 40-hour service requirement.
  • In subsequent years, 8 hours of advanced training plus 20 hours of volunteer service are for annual recertification (as selected by the individual conservation steward).

Fall 2018 Course Offering Information

Kalamazoo CountySeptember 10th - October 22nd

St. Clair CountySeptember 11th - October 23rd

  • Seven weeknight sessions held on Tuesdays (6 - 9 p.m.) and two Saturday field sessions (Sept. 22 & Sept. 29, 9 - 5 p.m.). Limited partial scholarships are available.
  • For more information, contact Kirsten Lyons (stewardship@scriver.org or 810-294-4965).
  • Register here

Oakland CountySeptember 15th - October 24th 

  • Six weeknight sessions held on Wednesdays (6 - 9 p.m.) and three Saturday field sessions (Sept. 15, Sept. 29, October 20, 9 - 5 p.m.). Registration fee is $250/person. Limited partial scholarships are available.
  • For more information, contact Bindu Bhakta (bhaktabi@anr.msu.edu) or Cathy Morris (248-858-1639).
  • Register here
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Annual Thornapple River Clean-Up
Sep
15
8:00 AM08:00

Annual Thornapple River Clean-Up

  • Thornapple River Watershed Council (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Register now for the Annual Thornapple River Clean Up Saturday, September 15, 2018

brought to you by the Thornapple River Watershed Council

For more information is available visit the facebook event page here or contact;
Erv Gambee egambee@ameritech.net 616-437-4144
Sarah Nelson sarah.nelson@macd.org 269-908-4135
David Comeau david.comeau@macd.com 269-908-4139

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Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) Class - Oakland Co.
Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP) Class - Oakland Co.

CSP consists of the following components, totaling approximately 45+ hours of instruction:

Seven in-person sessions will be held on one evening a week from 6 - 9 p.m.  (21 hours of instruction):

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  • Program Overview
  • Michigan Conservation Heritage
  • Ecological Foundations and Ecoregions
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems : Grasslands
  • Invasive Species/Climate Change
  • Aquatic Ecosystems: Streams
  • Capstone Projects and Commencement

Two full-day Saturday field sessions will be held on Saturdays from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (14 hours of instruction):

  • Terrestrial Field Experience
  • Aquatic Field Experience

Self-paced online learning modules will cover the following content (approximately 10-12 hours):

  • Michigan’s Unique Conservation Heritage and Making Choices for Natural Resources Management
  • Ecology 101
  • Forests and Forest Ecosystems and Management 101
  • Lakes Ecosystems and Management
  • Wetland Ecosystems and Management
  • Climate Change/Invasive Species

Initial CSP requirements consist of:

  • 45+ hours of basic ecological training (including attendance at in-person sessions as well as completion of online learning modules, and completion of required assignments, activities, learning reflections and program evaluations).
  • 40 hours of conservation service annually (opportunities will be shared by the local office of MSU Extension and local partners as they become available). An in-class Capstone Project must also be completed, and counts toward your initial 40-hour service requirement.
  • In subsequent years, 8 hours of advanced training plus 20 hours of volunteer service are for annual recertification (as selected by the individual conservation steward).

Fall 2018 Course Offering Information

Kalamazoo CountySeptember 10th - October 22nd

St. Clair CountySeptember 11th - October 23rd

  • Seven weeknight sessions held on Tuesdays (6 - 9 p.m.) and two Saturday field sessions (Sept. 22 & Sept. 29, 9 - 5 p.m.). Limited partial scholarships are available.
  • For more information, contact Kirsten Lyons (stewardship@scriver.org or 810-294-4965).
  • Register here

Oakland CountySeptember 15th - October 24th 

  • Six weeknight sessions held on Wednesdays (6 - 9 p.m.) and three Saturday field sessions (Sept. 15, Sept. 29, October 20, 9 - 5 p.m.). Registration fee is $250/person. Limited partial scholarships are available.
  • For more information, contact Bindu Bhakta (bhaktabi@anr.msu.edu) or Cathy Morris (248-858-1639).
  • Register here
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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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Kent Conservation District Fall Native Plant Sale
Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

Kent Conservation District Fall Native Plant Sale

  • 3260 Eagle Park Drive Northeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49525 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Kent Conservation District  Fall 100% Michigan Native Plant Sale will be held at the District offices at the corner of Leonard and Beltline: 3260 Eagle Park Dr. NE. on Saturday, October 13th, 2018 10-3pm.  Find out what native plants are right for your area by attending this year's special landscaping with native plants workshop presented by native plant landscape architects and designers: Rebecca Marquadt and Amy Heilman on Thursday, September 13th 2018 at 6pm (location TBA). To view a list of native plants that grow in your zip code: Audubon's online search tool. 

Fall native tree and shrub orders forms are due by September 21st for Saturday, Oct 13th pickup. 

If you would like to be added to the email list, please sign up on the  Contact Us page. Thank you for choosing native plants. 

Wildflowers, Grasses, Forbs Order Form

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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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2018 West Michigan Conservation Network Fall Feature
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

2018 West Michigan Conservation Network Fall Feature

Save the Date: Friday, November 2, 2018
Location:  Montcalm Area Career Center
Time:  7:00-9:00 pm
Speaker:  Dr. Stephen Malcolm from Western Michigan University
Topic:  Exploring how and why monarchs migrate and the threats they face navigating ecosystems dominated by human activities

Cost:  Donation at door

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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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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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Friends of Buck Creek Clean Up
Aug
18
8:30 AM08:30

Friends of Buck Creek Clean Up

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Save the date
Saturday, August 18

Registration and refreshments at 8:30 AM at Lemery Park in Wyoming.

Calling all volunteers who are ready to help rid Buck Creek of trash and debris. Supervised children are welcome. Wear shoes/boots/waders and clothes that could get wet/muddy. Gloves are available. Water in a reusable container and bug spray are also suggested.

Celebration lunch follows, compliments of Grandville Mayor Maas (no tax money used!)
More on Facebook or www.mibuckcreek.org

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Friends of Indian Mill Creek & Mill Creek Meeting
Jul
31
4:00 PM16:00

Friends of Indian Mill Creek & 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, program updates, and more. We will also discuss how citizens can organize to help restore Indian Mill Creek’s neighbor, Mill Creek (see map). 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. 

Click here for more information about Indian Mill Creek

In This Meeting:

  • Review the goals and objectives for Indian Mill Creek
  • Introduction to Mill Creek Watershed 
  • Spring Clean Up Update
  • Dan's FINAL Indian Mill Creek Study Update
  • Carlos' Citizen Science Workshop Updates
  • New opportunities for environmental education
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Rain Barrel Workshop
Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Rain Barrel Workshop

  • Creston Neighborhood Association - Courtyard (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant, LGROW and our partners are offering another FREE rain barrel workshop in the Lamberton Creek watershed. Our goal is to distribute 50 rain barrels in each of our three target watersheds, Lamberton Creek, Plaster Creek, and Rogue River, for a total of 150 rain barrels through the grant period! Barrels are limited and will be given on a first come first served basis. Learn more about this project at www.lgrow.org/glri

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Flat River Clean Up
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Flat River Clean Up

  • 2257 Segwun Avenue Southeast Lowell, MI, 49331 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"The Grand River is the longest river in Michigan. Most freshwater fish species that call Michigan home can be found there. Trout, Salmon, Bass, Catfish, Musky, Walleye, and many others. Not only do fish call this river home, there is an abundance of birds, reptiles, insects, and mammals that depend on this watershed.

The river flows through urban and rural areas picking up many pollutants along the way. This is our chance to give back, and clean up some of the trash found along the banks. We will meet in the morning and set up teams to disperse out to different areas along the Grand and Flat River. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. After the cleanup, we will be providing some food and drinks for everyone at the boat launch.

Then immediately after, we invite you to attend the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Pint Night. Located at Big Boiler Brewing in Lowell. We will be auctioning off some great items like guided fishing trips by and gear. The proceeds will go to The Flat River Watershed Council, and Back Country Hunters and Anglers.

To sign up for the event visit our facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/events/202769490315420/

Time and Date: July 21st @ 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Schedule:

Meet at 11:00
11:30 split into groups and go to locations to clean
12:00 - 2:30 Clean Up!
3:00 Arrive back at Boat Launch
3:00 - 4:00 Hang Out with Food and Refreshments.
4:00 - 6:00 Pint Night & Fundraiser at Big Boiler!
Location: 2257 Segwun Ave SE Lowell, MI 49331 (Located at the boat launch at the fairgrounds.)

What to bring: We recommend you wear long pants, rubber boots, waders, or something to protect you skin from poison ivy. Bug spray, and sunblock are also a must. Bring something to drink."

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Jul
1
to Jul 7

Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week

LGROW will be at Riverside Park for Landing Blitz Monday July 2nd and Tuesday July 3rd from 1PM - 3PM, distributing information and materials for Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) awareness, removal, and prevention. 

LGROW will also be posting daily on social media accounts with information to help identify and prevent the spread of AIS in West Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

"Invasive species on the watch list have been identified as being an immediate and significant threat to Michigan's natural resources. These species either have never been confirmed in the wild in Michigan or have a limited known distribution. If you think you have found any of these species in Michigan, please report the occurrence via the methods given below by clicking on an individual species name. View the watch list as a printable PDF.  Download an aquatic invasive plant poster.  Download an invasive fish and crustacean poster. "

Learn more at www.lgrow.org/invasive-species

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Project WET WORKSHOP
Jun
27
8:30 AM08:30

Project WET WORKSHOP

  • GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute (GVSU-AWRI) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Project WET WORKSHOP

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June 27, 2018

This is a great opportunity to get trained in Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), which is an option in the MAEOE environmental educator certification (EEC) program. 

Location: GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute (GVSU-AWRI)
740 W. Shoreline Drive, Muskegon, Michigan

Time: June 27, 2018    8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Cost: There is no cost and lunch is provided;
SCECHs available through the Muskegon Intermediate School District

The workshop is limited to 24 participants.

Registration: Please register online with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District http://www.muskegonisd.org/development/

For more information:
Contact Janet Vail at vailj@gvsu.edu

Funding for this workshop provided by Consumers Energy Foundation

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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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Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com
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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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Kent Conservation District Bi-Annual Native Wildflower Sale
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

Kent Conservation District Bi-Annual Native Wildflower Sale

  • 3260 Eagle Park Drive Northeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49525 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

KCD's Michigan native plant sale happens twice a year - Spring and Fall. In 2018. Order native plants today for easy Spring pickup!

There will be two native wildflower sale dates: Saturday, May 12th and Saturday, May 26th 10-3pm. The May 12th order deadline is April 27th and the May 26th deadline is May 11. 

If you would like to be added to the KCD email list, please sign up on the  Contact Us  page. Signup to be on our mailing list if you would like to receive notification when the catalogs are available. 

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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

Friends of Indian Mill Creek Meeting

Agenda

  1. Welcome and Introductions  
  2. Clean-up Campaign
  3. Monitoring
  4. Potential Land Use Changes/Projects
  5. Education
  6. Upcoming Events
  7. Adjourn: Next meeting

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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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Kent Conservation District Bi-Annual Native Wildflower Sale
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Kent Conservation District Bi-Annual Native Wildflower Sale

  • 3260 Eagle Park Drive Northeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49525 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

KCD's Michigan native plant sale happens twice a year - Spring and Fall. In 2018. Order native plants today for easy Spring pickup!

There will be two native wildflower sale dates: Saturday, May 12th and Saturday, May 26th 10-3pm. The May 12th order deadline is April 27th and the May 26th deadline is May 11. 

If you would like to be added to the KCD email list, please sign up on the  Contact Us  page. Signup to be on our mailing list if you would like to receive notification when the catalogs are available. 

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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, join us for an informative kayak trip with lunch provided Kayak trip is SOLD OUT, ending at Thornapple Brewing Co.

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!

Agenda

8:00-8:30    Registration
8:30-8:45    Welcome and Introduction
8:45-9:20    Keynote Address
9:20-9:55    Panel Discussion
9:55-10:10    Break
10:15-11:15    'Shed Talks
11:15-11:25    Questions and Evaluations
11:25-11:30    Closings and Next Steps
12:00 PM    Boxed Lunch and Kayak Trip to Thornapple Brewing Co. (~1PM-3PM)
                   *Must be preregistered to attend Kayak Trip

Become A Sponsor

Thank You Sponsors!

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Pollinator Habitat Designation Program: Kent County
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

Pollinator Habitat Designation Program: Kent County

Kent County: Wed, May 2 @ 6:00 PM, Eagle Park, 3260 Eagle Park Dr NE, Room 105, Grand Rapids, MI

These workshops will provide an overview of value grasslands provide on a landscape. They will also provide information on where to find seed and how to plant it, what financial and technical resources are available to assist you in creating and managing grassland habitats, and will showcase the great organizations who are here to help improve our habitats.

Pollinator Habitat Designation Criteria:

  • Half acre minimum, with an average 100-foot width.
  • Minimum cover type requirement for nesting and pollinator habitat is a mix of at least 4 native grasses and a minimum of 10 native forbs/legumes, with at least 2 species per blossom period (spring, summer, fall) and 2 native species of milkweed. (Forbs/legumes are broad-leafed plants, like wildflowers. The reason for having the diverse set of wildflowers within specific blossom periods so that the fields have blooming flowers available for the pollinators for the maximum amount of time. Also, we want to have to species of milk week for the benefit of the Monarch butterfly, a species that has reduced 90% over the past ten years.)
  • Member or neighbor of a wildlife cooperative (or want to help start one in your area)

To apply for your land to be designated, click here. Email amitterling@mucc.org with questions.

Press Releases:

Other Workshops:

  • Barry County: Tues, April 17 @ 7:00 PM, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Rd, Hastings, MI
  • Berrien/Cass/St. Joseph County: Tues, April 24 @ 5:30 PM, Camp Friedenswald,15406 Watercress Way, Cassopolis, MI
  • Ingham County: Mon, April 30 @ 6:30 PM, Wilson Tallent Center, Rooms 505/506, 611 Hagadorn Rd, Mason, MI
  • Mecosta County: Wed, April 25 @ 6:000 PM, Hinton Township Hall, 3 Mile Rd/90th Ave, Lakeview, MI
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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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Kent Conservation District Bi-Annual Tree Sale
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Kent Conservation District Bi-Annual Tree Sale

  • 3260 Eagle Park Drive Northeast Grand Rapids, MI, 49525 United States (map)
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Native Trees and Shrubs will be for sale Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Native Flowers will be available Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

If you would like to be added to the Kent Conservation District email list, please sign up at www.kentconservation.org.

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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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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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