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Fall Tree Care Tips

As temperatures drop and there is less sunlight, young trees need different care to prepare for the winter months. Here are some tips from our Urban Forest Team: Stop watering: As leaves… Read More

how friends is keeping volunteers safe & healthy

The health of our community is of utmost importance. In the past few months of operating with the COVID-19 virus, Friends has developed several procedures to protect the safety of… Read More

Outdoor Adventures: Backpacking the North Country Trail

Our Executive Director, Stephanie, recently backpacked the North Country Trail. She shares about her experience below! Two girlfriends and I decided that we were not going to let 2020 stop… Read More

Discussions about Parks, the Community, and the City

In celebration of Parks and Recreation Month in July, we hosted two panels to discuss the importance and potential of parks! Check them out! First, we talked with Sonja Forte… Read More

Summer Tree Checklist

summer tree checklist   Have you planted a tree this year?? You are playing a key role in helping our city increase its tree canopy coverage and bring numerous health… Read More

Meet Claire, Volunteer Coordinator

Claire works to recruit, organize, and care for our volunteers – our largest group of supporters!  She’s honed her skills in nonprofit work and volunteer management with the East Hills… Read More

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