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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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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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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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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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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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? 

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.com
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Flat River Macroinvertebrate Sampling
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Flat River Macroinvertebrate Sampling

Help measure the health of Michigan's Flat River by joining the Flat River Watershed Council's first macroinvertebrate study.

Event takes place at Fallasburg Park north of Lowell. Meet in the parking lot for the Enclosed Shelter (1114 Fallasburg Park Dr, Lowell MI 49331) at 10am.

There will be a quick training session before breaking into small groups, each of which will sample a unique station near the park.

Lunch will be served afterwards.

Participants must be 16 years of age or older and bring their own waders.

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Perrin Can'd Aid Canoe River Clean Up
Oct
21
9:30 AM09:30

Perrin Can'd Aid Canoe River Clean Up

Rogue River Clean Up with Trout Unlimited and Perrin Brewing

Unlike an ordinary clean-up on foot, we are hopping in canoes provided by AAA Canoe Rental and floating down the river while picking up debris along the way.

We have the canoes, trash bags, and gloves - you bring friends & family! Children are welcome ages 3 years and older. 

Meet at 9:30am at Richardson-Sowerby Park for details and directions. Drop in is 12 mile and Summit. 

Register online for a canoe count: http://bit.ly/PerrinRiverCleanUp

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Invasive Species Management Course - Implementation, Monitoring, and Restoration
Oct
19
6:00 PM18:00

Invasive Species Management Course - Implementation, Monitoring, and Restoration

Join the BCK CISMA for this engaging course to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to take back your land from invasive plant species. Participants will learn the necessary steps for strategic management, from identification and surveying to site restoration. Sessions will feature guest speakers from various aspects of invasive species management. The course culminates with a customized invasive species management plan specific to your property and goals.

 Participants will need a computer with internet access, either in the home or at a reliable public facility. Portable computers or smart devices are not required but are welcome in class.

When: Thursday evenings, 6-8pm from September 14th-October 19th
Audience: Any landowner or land manager who wants or needs to learn how to manage invasive species.
Course Fee: $100 for Sanctuary Members, $120 for Non-Members
Registration: Space is limited to 45 maximum and 10 minimum participants.
Register online by September 10,2017 at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/InvasiveSpecies2017/

For questions concerning this course, please call (269) 908-4135 or email sarah.nelson@macd.org

For questions concerning registration, please call (269) 671-2510 or email birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu

Everyone is welcome to join in this course. Contact Sara Nelson at 269-908-4135 or sarah.nelson@macd.org with any questions.

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September 21

September 28

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Introduction - Identification

Evaluating the Land Part 1- Surveying and mapping invasive species

Evaluating the Land Part 2- Setting and prioritizing goals

Treatment options and methods

Determining management actions and a timeline

Implementation, Monitoring, and Restoration

 
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Invasive Species Management Course - Determining Management Actions and a Timeline
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

Invasive Species Management Course - Determining Management Actions and a Timeline

Join the BCK CISMA for this engaging course to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to take back your land from invasive plant species. Participants will learn the necessary steps for strategic management, from identification and surveying to site restoration. Sessions will feature guest speakers from various aspects of invasive species management. The course culminates with a customized invasive species management plan specific to your property and goals.

 Participants will need a computer with internet access, either in the home or at a reliable public facility. Portable computers or smart devices are not required but are welcome in class.

When: Thursday evenings, 6-8pm from September 14th-October 19th
Audience: Any landowner or land manager who wants or needs to learn how to manage invasive species.
Course Fee: $100 for Sanctuary Members, $120 for Non-Members
Registration: Space is limited to 45 maximum and 10 minimum participants.
Register online by September 10,2017 at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/InvasiveSpecies2017/

For questions concerning this course, please call (269) 908-4135 or email sarah.nelson@macd.org

For questions concerning registration, please call (269) 671-2510 or email birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu

Everyone is welcome to join in this course. Contact Sara Nelson at 269-908-4135 or sarah.nelson@macd.org with any questions.

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September 14

September 21

September 28

October 5

October 12

October 19

TOPIC

Introduction - Identification

Evaluating the Land Part 1- Surveying and mapping invasive species

Evaluating the Land Part 2- Setting and prioritizing goals

Treatment options and methods

Determining management actions and a timeline

Implementation, Monitoring, and Restoration

 
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Imagine a Day without Water
Oct
12
8:00 AM08:00

Imagine a Day without Water

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IMAGINE:
No water to drink.
No water to make coffee with.
No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry.
Hospitals would close without water.
Firefighters couldn't put out fires without water.
Farmers couldn't water their crops.

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Some communities in America already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource: Water.

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There are many ways to participate: host events, promote social media campaigns, pass a resolution with your mayor or city council, or do whatever you think best educates and engages the public and stakeholders about how water is essential, invaluable, and worthy of investment..

Join us on October 12, 2017 as we raise awareness and educate America about the value of water. Sign up to participate here.

#ValueWater

 

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Invasive Species Management Course - Treatment Options and Methods
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

Invasive Species Management Course - Treatment Options and Methods

Join the BCK CISMA for this engaging course to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to take back your land from invasive plant species. Participants will learn the necessary steps for strategic management, from identification and surveying to site restoration. Sessions will feature guest speakers from various aspects of invasive species management. The course culminates with a customized invasive species management plan specific to your property and goals.

 Participants will need a computer with internet access, either in the home or at a reliable public facility. Portable computers or smart devices are not required but are welcome in class.

When: Thursday evenings, 6-8pm from September 14th-October 19th
Audience: Any landowner or land manager who wants or needs to learn how to manage invasive species.
Course Fee: $100 for Sanctuary Members, $120 for Non-Members
Registration: Space is limited to 45 maximum and 10 minimum participants.
Register online by September 10,2017 at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/InvasiveSpecies2017/

For questions concerning this course, please call (269) 908-4135 or email sarah.nelson@macd.org

For questions concerning registration, please call (269) 671-2510 or email birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu

Everyone is welcome to join in this course. Contact Sara Nelson at 269-908-4135 or sarah.nelson@macd.org with any questions.

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September 14

September 21

September 28

October 5

October 12

October 19

TOPIC

Introduction - Identification

Evaluating the Land Part 1- Surveying and mapping invasive species

Evaluating the Land Part 2- Setting and prioritizing goals

Treatment options and methods

Determining management actions and a timeline

Implementation, Monitoring, and Restoration

 
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Save our Local Farms, Save our Local Food Conference
Oct
4
1:00 PM13:00

Save our Local Farms, Save our Local Food Conference

The Concerned Citizens for Local Farms and Food is a cross-section of our community in Kent County, focusing on the protection and growth of local farms to provide our local food. The group is hosting a meeting at Blandford Nature Center on October 4 from 1-5pm. The meeting will bring people together to find a way to stop the loss of up to 2,500 acres per year (up to 7 acres/day) of prime farmland in Kent County.  Kent County has lost over 72,000 acres of farmland since 1978. Every year, Kent County loses up to 2,500 acres of farmland. That's seven acres per day. In total, 72,507 acres of precious, food-producing land have been lost to development since 1978. The Farmland Preservation Committee is working to prevent this loss, and put the power of the community behind resources that Kent County doesn't notice until they're gone. Join us at the Blandford Nature Center to hear from experts about why Kent County is losing farms and the possible funding options available to save them, and help us decide which approach is best for the County, your role in preserving these resources, and where to go from here. Be an ally for the preservation of our farmland today!

Given that Kent County agriculture gives to us every day, putting food on our tables and over two hundred million dollars into our local economy, in what ways can we protect it?  Who will grow our food?

These are the questions we will explore on October 4 and we want you at the table.  We hope this will be the beginning of a movement that will have empowering and resounding effects throughout the community. Farmland is a resource that we, especially in Kent County, cannot do without. You, as an ally, are an essential part of helping preserve our resources. Any other potential allies or contacts that you could bring to the table would do amazing things for our cause. Attached for your use is a short overview of the project and some materials to help get the word out about the event.  You can RSVP to the event for yourself and your colleagues at the link below, or respond with an RSVP to the group’s Facebook page. Thank you for being an important ally in our effort to save local farms and food.

Register free here

Read about the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) here

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Invasive Species Management Course - Evaluating the Land Part 2- Setting and Prioritizing Goals
Sep
28
6:00 PM18:00

Invasive Species Management Course - Evaluating the Land Part 2- Setting and Prioritizing Goals

Join the BCK CISMA for this engaging course to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to take back your land from invasive plant species. Participants will learn the necessary steps for strategic management, from identification and surveying to site restoration. Sessions will feature guest speakers from various aspects of invasive species management. The course culminates with a customized invasive species management plan specific to your property and goals.

 Participants will need a computer with internet access, either in the home or at a reliable public facility. Portable computers or smart devices are not required but are welcome in class.

When: Thursday evenings, 6-8pm from September 14th-October 19th
Audience: Any landowner or land manager who wants or needs to learn how to manage invasive species.
Course Fee: $100 for Sanctuary Members, $120 for Non-Members
Registration: Space is limited to 45 maximum and 10 minimum participants.
Register online by September 10,2017 at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/InvasiveSpecies2017/

For questions concerning this course, please call (269) 908-4135 or email sarah.nelson@macd.org

For questions concerning registration, please call (269) 671-2510 or email birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu

Everyone is welcome to join in this course. Contact Sara Nelson at 269-908-4135 or sarah.nelson@macd.org with any questions.

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September 14

September 21

September 28

October 5

October 12

October 19

TOPIC

Introduction - Identification

Evaluating the Land Part 1- Surveying and mapping invasive species

Evaluating the Land Part 2- Setting and prioritizing goals

Treatment options and methods

Determining management actions and a timeline

Implementation, Monitoring, and Restoration

 
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Sturgeon Fun Paddle and Traditional Sturgeon Release
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

Sturgeon Fun Paddle and Traditional Sturgeon Release

Sturgeon Fun Paddle

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Saturday, September 23, 2017
10 am -1 pm (9 am for rentals) 
Muskegon River: Croton to Henning Park

Members from the Muskegon River Watershed Assembly Voyage of Discovery team invite you to join them for a Sturgeon Fun Paddle on the Muskegon River from Croton to Newaygo prior to the Traditional Sturgeon FUNdraiser. Enjoy spectacular scenery and wildlife in the company of others who love the river.

Register

Traditional Sturgeon Release

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Saturday, September 23, 2017
2 pm - 5 pm
Henning Park

See the Tribal drum ceremony to welcome & release the Sturgeon. Hear the Sturgeon story. Enjoy Native American foods (for purchase). Browse the display tables with activities for children. The event will end with the drawing for the kayak package.

Register

Win a kayak package including paddles & life jackets (value $900)

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$25 donation/ticket, limit 100 tickets. Need not be present to win. Must be 18 to win or buy a ticket.

Learn More

Flyer (pdf)

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Invasive Species Management Course - Evaluating the Land Part 1- Surveying and Mapping Invasive Species
Sep
21
6:00 PM18:00

Invasive Species Management Course - Evaluating the Land Part 1- Surveying and Mapping Invasive Species

Join the BCK CISMA for this engaging course to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to take back your land from invasive plant species. Participants will learn the necessary steps for strategic management, from identification and surveying to site restoration. Sessions will feature guest speakers from various aspects of invasive species management. The course culminates with a customized invasive species management plan specific to your property and goals.

 Participants will need a computer with internet access, either in the home or at a reliable public facility. Portable computers or smart devices are not required but are welcome in class.

When: Thursday evenings, 6-8pm from September 14th-October 19th
Audience: Any landowner or land manager who wants or needs to learn how to manage invasive species.
Course Fee: $100 for Sanctuary Members, $120 for Non-Members
Registration: Space is limited to 45 maximum and 10 minimum participants.
Register online by September 10,2017 at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/InvasiveSpecies2017/

For questions concerning this course, please call (269) 908-4135 or email sarah.nelson@macd.org

For questions concerning registration, please call (269) 671-2510 or email birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu

Everyone is welcome to join in this course. Contact Sara Nelson at 269-908-4135 or sarah.nelson@macd.org with any questions.

WEEK

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DATE

September 14

September 21

September 28

October 5

October 12

October 19

TOPIC

Introduction - Identification

Evaluating the Land Part 1- Surveying and mapping invasive species

Evaluating the Land Part 2- Setting and prioritizing goals

Treatment options and methods

Determining management actions and a timeline

Implementation, Monitoring, and Restoration

 
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Water Bug Monitoring
Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Water Bug Monitoring

What?

The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, in partnership with the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway, monitor aquatic insect populations at 7 stream locations in the watershed twice a year. We need your help!

When?

September 21, 2017, 1-4pm

Where?

Volunteers and staff will meet at Adams Street Landing (approx. 10363 Adams St, Holland), form teams, and head to various locations from there.

RSVP

Please RSVP to the MACC by Sept 18. Children ages 10 and up are welcome, but anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No experience necessary as all teams will be led by a trained team leader.

RSVP

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Invasive Species Management Course - Introduction
Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Invasive Species Management Course - Introduction

Join the BCK CISMA for this engaging course to equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to take back your land from invasive plant species. Participants will learn the necessary steps for strategic management, from identification and surveying to site restoration. Sessions will feature guest speakers from various aspects of invasive species management. The course culminates with a customized invasive species management plan specific to your property and goals.

 Participants will need a computer with internet access, either in the home or at a reliable public facility. Portable computers or smart devices are not required but are welcome in class.

When: Thursday evenings, 6-8pm from September 14th-October 19th
Audience: Any landowner or land manager who wants or needs to learn how to manage invasive species.
Course Fee: $100 for Sanctuary Members, $120 for Non-Members
Registration: Space is limited to 45 maximum and 10 minimum participants.
Register online by September 10,2017 at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/InvasiveSpecies2017/

For questions concerning this course, please call (269) 908-4135 or email sarah.nelson@macd.org

For questions concerning registration, please call (269) 671-2510 or email birdsanctuary@kbs.msu.edu

Everyone is welcome to join in this course. Contact Sara Nelson at 269-908-4135 or sarah.nelson@macd.org with any questions.

WEEK

1

2

3

4

5

6

DATE

September 14

September 21

September 28

October 5

October 12

October 19

TOPIC

Introduction - Identification

Evaluating the Land Part 1- Surveying and mapping invasive species

Evaluating the Land Part 2- Setting and prioritizing goals

Treatment options and methods

Determining management actions and a timeline

Implementation, Monitoring, and Restoration

 
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Fens and Bogs: Hydrology, Biology and Ecological Restoration
Sep
9
1:00 PM13:00

Fens and Bogs: Hydrology, Biology and Ecological Restoration

  • Lamberton Lake Fen Nature Preserve (map)
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Nature enthusiasts will get an in-depth, firsthand look at the unique hydrology and biology of bogs and fens and learn why these are among our most biodiverse natural areas. Justin Heslinga, Stewardship Director with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, will lead participants on a moderately-difficult hike through these wetland habitats to expose participants to the techniques used to protect and restore these important ecosystems. Plants, animals and other natural features will be identified along the way. Please note: The entire 3-hour workshop will be held outdoors rain or shine.

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14th Annual Mayor's Grand River Cleanup
Sep
9
8:30 AM08:30

14th Annual Mayor's Grand River Cleanup

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This event will be hosted by WMEAC on September 9th, 2017 from 8:30am until 1pm! There will be a small breakfast available before the event and a light lunch after the event. Live music will be provided during lunch!

This year, as an exciting addition to the cleanup, WMEAC is partnering with the SEEDS of promise neighborhood in collaboration with their Environmental Impact Team to pick up litter along road sides and storm drains in a proactive attempt to pick up trash before it enters into our beautiful Grand River!

Register here

Schedule: 

8:30am – 9am : Volunteer Check In and Breakfast
9:00 – 9:15 : Welcoming Remarks
9:15 – 9:30: Load up buses
9:30 – 11:00 – Clean up the Grand River!
11:00 – 11:30 – Travel back to 6th Street Park
11:30 – 1pm – Lunch is served! Founders beer for those 21+.

*All cold cups, coffee cups and lids, plates, napkins, food, etc. at this event are compostable materials. There will be labeled Recycle Box Bins around the event for compost, recycling, landfill and returnables. Members of our Headquarters Team will be there to assist you, but please do your part by reusing materials and appropriately disposing of waste to help us keep this a sustainable event – especially since our goal is to keep our watersheds free of trash!*

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Aquatic Invasive Animal Training
Aug
19
8:00 AM08:00

Aquatic Invasive Animal Training

Over 180 aquatic invasive species from around the world have established breeding populations in the Great Lakes Basin.  Many of these species have had significant impacts on the environmental and economic health of the region.  Participants will learn about the far-reaching effects these invaders have caused as well as how to identify several of these invasive species that are spreading through the inland waters of West Michigan by Dr. Dan O’Keefe, with Michigan Sea Grants.   This class will also feature a field portion to help participants locate and sample likely habitants for these invaders.

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