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WinterWest on WoodTV

Now that there’s snow back on the ground, are you ready for some outdoor winter fun? Our director Stephanie was just on Wood TV 8 to talk about WinterWest! The… Read More

Green spaces: their ability to improve mental health and why they work

Hey, friends. It’s intern Jeff here! I do a lot of science writing, so I apologize for feeling a need to cite my facts as I write them – but… Read More

Meet Silas, GIS & Dendrology Intern!

Silas Courey has joined the Friends team as one of our GIS (geographic information system) & Dendrology interns! Silas will be graduating this December from Cornerstone University with a Bachelor… Read More

Meet Jeff, Community & Development Intern!

Meet Jeff! Jeff Heise is one of FGRP’s newest team members, rocking the position of Community Engagement and Development Intern! Jeff comes to us from Northern Illinois University, just outside… Read More

A Quick Guide to the Parks Millage Proposal

  Elections are right around the corner! We’re here to help break down the “Parks, Pools & Playgrounds” proposal voters will see on the ballot. Head over to the Yes… Read More

the report is in – summer was awesome!

Wow – what a summer! Check out our print newsletter that was mailed out this week. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list, please email

Building a Playground in One Day? KaBoom!

kaboom from Real Space on Vimeo.   Just a few weeks ago, hundreds of volunteers came together at Caulfield Park to build a rockin’ playground with KaBOOM! – in just… Read More

Black Trumpet Ale: Elk Brewery Tree Beer

Tree Beer is a month-long celebration that features Grand Rapids love for beers and trees. The Brewers Grove was born as a way for the Beer City Brewers Guild to… Read More

Winter Tree Maintenance Tips

  People tend to forget about trees during the winter months. We assume that’s because the trees are dormant, they don’t have growing leaves or flowers, and little maintenance is… Read More

Update on our Citizen Forester Program

  Happy New Year! We would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your continued support of our urban forest and community. Here at Friends, our… Read More