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Neighborwoods Month!

National Neighborwoods Month is a country-wide celebration of trees promoted and coordinated by the Alliance for Community Trees. This year, the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks has worked very hard to host the biggest Neighborwoods Month in grand rapids yet. Join us for a month full of tree-filled activities and adventures and join thousands of volunteers across the United States in celebrating the joy and value of trees.

Please see below for a selection of our upcoming events. You can also check our calendar to keep track of what's coming up, and how you can get involved.

If there's a tree-related event in your community, let us know and we'll have it placed on our event calendar. Email Lee Mueller or call 616.389.4687.

October 4th, 6pm - 8pm: Garfield Park Tree Mapping Workshop
Our Kitchen Table welcomes Lee Mueller, ISA Certified Arborist and program coordinator of the Urban Forest Project with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, presenter for this event. The Urban Forest Project is launching an online tree map—and you can be one of the first to contribute information to it. Join with other supporters of Grand Rapids’ urban forest for an opportunity to increase your tree identification skills and learn how to add trees to the new Grand Rapids tree map. This event will take place at the Kroc Center, located at 2500 S. Division.

October 9th, 630pm - 830pm: Living Green in Creston Tree Mapping Workshop
The Urban Forest Project is launching an online tree map—and you can be one of the first to contribute information to it. Join the Creston Neighborhood Association for an opportunity to increase your tree identification skills and learn how to add trees to the new Grand Rapids tree map. This event will be located at the Creston Neighborhood Association Conference room at 201 Carrier Street NE.

October 11th, 9am-1pm: Tree Planting at Cheseboro Park with Mayor Heartwell
On Thursday, October 11th, meet FGRP and Mayor Heartwell at Cheseboro Park (951 Merritt SE) to plant a total of 10 trees. Cheseboro Park has recently lost ALL of it’s trees as a result of Emerald Ash Borer infestations. The replacement of this tree canopy will help shield the playground and play-areas from the worst of summer’s heat. This is just a small part that you can do to help improve both our City’s playgrounds, and the Grand Rapids tree canopy.

October 13th, 9am-1pm: Tree Planting at Riverside Park
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation (GRCF) will be planting trees in Riverside Park on Saturday, October 13th. GRCF has collected donations to plant trees in memory of donors and loved ones. These trees will be planted in a “memorial grove” setting in Riverside Park. We’ll be meeting on the north side of the park, in the parking lot just north of the north park bridge. You’ll want to come in at the furthest north entrance, and take the drive all the way in. FGRP will provide the tools, training, and trees for this event. All you need to worry about is bringing yourself, some gloves, and water for drinking. We’ve got the rest handled.

October 16th, 530pm-630pm: Tree Tales - How Trees tell us their Stories
Join Arborist/Author Vic Foerster and the Friends of Grand Rapids parks for an exciting tree-tour in Riverside Park on October 16th. Meet at the Island Shelter at 5:30pm. With over forty years of experience working with trees, Vic Foerster will give a tantalizing tour called “Tree Tales – How trees tell us their stores”. Come walk Riverside park with Vic and hear about our City’s trees from their perspective. Questions are always encouraged.

October 20th, 9am-1pm: Tree Planting and Park Cleanup at Highland Park with Brewery Vivant
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) and Brewery Vivant will be planting trees in Highland Park on Saturday, October 20th. Brewery Vivant has donated staff and financial resources to support the planting of 10 trees in Highland Park. The Friends will also be working towards completing some much-needed park cleanup around the tree planting area. FGRP welcomes volunteers to come participate, and help improve Highland Park. FGRP will provide the tools, training, and trees for this event. All you need to worry about is bringing yourself, some gloves, and water for drinking. We’ve got the rest handled.

October 25th, 9am-1pm: Tree Planting at D. A. Blodgett / St. Johns
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) and volunteers with D.A. Blodgett / St. Johns will be planting trees on Thursday, October 25th at 9am. Recently, many trees have been lost to Emerald Ash Borer and Diplodia Blight of pine. D.A. Blodgett / St. Johns has removed the infested and unhealthy trees, and FGRP is mobilizing to help them restore tree canopy around the playground, residences, and entrance way. FGRP welcomes volunteers to come participate, and help restore the canopy at D.A. Blodgett / St. Johns. We’ll be meeting in the parking lot at 2355 Knapp NE. FGRP will provide the tools, training, and trees for this event. All you need to worry about is bringing yourself, some gloves, and water for drinking. We’ve got the rest handled.

October 20th, 9am-12pm: East Hills Tree Mapathon
In August, the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks launched its Grand Rapids Tree Map. The same month, they hosted a workshop to teach East Hills residents how to map their trees. As East Hills is a community what a strong history of appreciating it’s tree canopy, it is not surprising the majority of our urban trees are already on the Urban Forest Map. That said, some of the information of these trees need updating, and private trees have not been mapped at all! To grow the information on East Hills trees, the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and East Hills Council of Neighbors will be promoting a MAPATHON on October 20, 2012 from 9:00am-Noon. The MAPATHON will take place in the lovely grounds of Mangiamo’s restaurant (1033 Lake Drive SE). We will be offering prizes and other incentives to encourage blocks and residents to map their trees. Mapping trees is easy, informative, and fun, and we hope you take the time to help inform the rest of Grand Rapids what East Hills trees mean to you.

October 23rd, 5pm-7pm: Trees, Treats, and Tombstones
Oakhill Cemetery has stories to tell. It is the final resting place of many Grand Rapids leaders. Monuments reflect the architecture of ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Trees remind us of the great forests that once covered Michigan. Trees, Treats, and Tombstones is a Halloween walking tour of this historic cemetery. The two-hour walk will explore the trees and ecology of the cemetery, highlighting important Grand Rapidians along the way. The tour, hosted by Oakdale Neighbors, will conclude with cider and donuts. Kids are welcomed. Please dress appropriately. Meet at the cemetery office, 647 Hall SE, on Tuesday, October 23 at 5:00 PM.

October 25th, 9am-1pm: Tree Planting at D. A. Blodgett / St. Johns
Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) and volunteers with D.A. Blodgett / St. Johns will be planting trees on Thursday, October 25th at 9am. Recently, many trees have been lost to Emerald Ash Borer and Diplodia Blight of pine. D.A. Blodgett / St. Johns has removed the infested and unhealthy trees, and FGRP is mobilizing to help them restore tree canopy around the playground, residences, and entrance way. FGRP welcomes volunteers to come participate, and help restore the canopy at D.A. Blodgett / St. Johns. We’ll be meeting in the parking lot at 2355 Knapp NE. FGRP will provide the tools, training, and trees for this event. All you need to worry about is bringing yourself, some gloves, and water for drinking. We’ve got the rest handled.

October 30th, 5pm-7pm: Tree Mythology and Folklore
Join Lee Mueller (Friends of Grand Rapids Parks) and Paul Bairley (Former Ann Arbor City Forester) as they lead an informal fall tree walk and tour of campus trees at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids at 5 p.m. on October 30, 2012. Lee will provide information on tree identification, and Paul will offer unique insights about Tree Mythology and Folklore, including history and healing, druids, sacred groves and sustainability, interesting legends depicted in Norse, Greek and Celtic mythology, and the folklore surrounding several tree species native to Michigan. We will meet in front of Albertus Hall on the south end of Aquinas' College.

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One thought on “Neighborwoods Month!”

  1. Lisa Segard says:

    How can I subscribe to your emails & calendar. You are doing great work here!

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