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Friends launches Green Team youth employment program

This summer, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ capacity to increase the city’s urban tree canopy is growing in a new way! In collaboration with the City of Grand Rapids, Grand… Read More

Conversation: The Foundation of Healthy & Equitable Cities

Greetings friends – Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an organization committed to the idea that community gathering and conversation, especially in parks, are the foundation of healthy and equitable… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Chazz D.

Chazz has been a volunteer with Friends for the last year. He joined us with the goal of making Grand Rapids a greener place and is very excited about the… Read More

Recap: Spring 2020 Tree Giveaway

This past Saturday we hosted our 2020 spring Tree Giveaway with Mayor Bliss and, wow, it was great! Though originally envisioned a bit differently – gathering together at Garfield Park,… Read More

Meet Abigail, Community Engagement Coordinator

Abigail leads our efforts to build strong community networks around parks and green spaces, pulling from her experiences in Urban Forestry and local racial justice work. On the weekend, you can find… Read More

Volunteer Spotlight: Amanda C.

Amanda C. has been a volunteer with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) for over a year. She became involved with our organization through her employer, who is one of… Read More

Video: How to Plant a Tree

Join the Urban Forestry team to learn how to plant a tree in your yard!  

A Blossoming Corporate Volunteer Program

Corporate social responsibility is a term used often in the business world. For our friends at LaFleur Marketing, it’s more than a metric – it has been a key value… Read More

Spring Tree Checklist

  Now that the temperatures are rising (with the exception of random snow!), it is time to give your young trees a little attention. Trees need specific care for two years… Read More

Exploring the Benefits of Urban Trees

Those of us living in a city don’t often consider that we also live in a forest; but all the trees, shrubs and vegetation lining our streets, parks and backyards… Read More