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Branching Out in Advocacy Class

July 8, 2020 | 6:00 PM | Classes,Urban Forest Project Event

If you want to affect sustainable change for our community’s parks and trees, join us for our advocacy class, Branching Out! The July 2020 class will be hosted virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link via email.   Chaining oneself to a tree definitely makes a point, but there are many other (more effective!) ways to voice concerns and draw attention to local environmental issues. Led by our Urban Forest Coordinator, Lauren Davis, this class aims to empower you…

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Volunteer Lunch n’ Learn

July 24, 2020 | 12:00 PM | Classes,Volunteer Event

Grab your lunch and join our volunteer coordinator Claire virtually to chat about Friends’ mission and how you can get involved. We love collaboration and thrive with volunteer help. We can’t wait to meet you! Sign up here to receive the virtual meeting link: — Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is a non-profit organization that works to empower people to cultivate vibrant parks, trees and green spaces in our community. We have a small staff but work throughout the entire…

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BBQ & Beautify at Joe Taylor Park

August 6, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Community Event,Volunteer Event

UPDATE: Friends is following COVID-19 safety guidelines closely and taking precautions to keep our community healthy. As it becomes safe for us to gather again, we will keep you updated about how volunteer projects will be structured and what any potential park events look like.   In the meantime, the Friends staff has been hard at work organizing a Tree Giveaway with Mayor Bliss, hosting virtual Q&A sessions, recording how-to videos, pruning trees and brainstorming safe ways to host the…

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Green Gala 2020

August 13, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Special Event

On Aug. 13, 2020, we’ll host our 9th annual Green Gala: Picnic Edition! Specially curated picnic baskets with local fare can be enjoyed with live music at Ah-Nab-Awen Park or virtually in your own backyard. *Ticketing/basket purchase information is coming soon! Though mingling might look different these days, we look forward to the opportunity to gather with like-minded neighbors who activate, steward, and advocate for our city’s parks, trees and green spaces. You’ll hear about Friends’ work this past year…

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Tree Planting Class

August 19, 2020 | 6:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

If you want to learn how to give young trees their best chance, attend our Tree Planting Class! We will meet in Friends’ new office at 720 Curve St SW, Ste. B.   In this class, we will discuss evaluating potential locations, selecting an appropriate tree species, and taking care of newly planted trees. Check out this overview from Fox17.   This course is one of four required to obtain FGRP’s Neighborhood Forester Certification, but is also open to all…

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Tree Pruning & Maintenance Class

September 9, 2020 | 6:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

If you want to learn how to properly care for trees as they grow, attend our Tree Pruning Class! In this class, we discuss the timing of maintenance throughout a tree’s life, tools needed, the importance of mulching, and correct pruning techniques. If you plan to attend, please register here. This course is one of four required to obtain FGRP’s Neighborhood Forester Certification, but is also open to all members of the community. There is no fee, but a suggested…

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Volunteer Lunch n’ Learn

September 25, 2020 | 12:00 PM | Classes,Volunteer Event

Bring your lunch over to the office and join our volunteer coordinator Claire to chat about Friends’ mission and how you can get involved. We love collaboration and thrive with volunteer help. We can’t wait to meet you! — Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is a non-profit organization that works to empower people to cultivate vibrant parks, trees and green spaces in our community. We have a small staff but work throughout the entire city, so we rely heavily on…

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Volunteer Lunch n’ Learn

December 18, 2020 | 12:00 PM | Classes,Volunteer Event

Bring your lunch over to the office and join our volunteer coordinator Claire to chat about Friends’ mission and how you can get involved. We love collaboration and thrive with volunteer help. We can’t wait to meet you! — Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is a non-profit organization that works to empower people to cultivate vibrant parks, trees and green spaces in our community. We have a small staff but work throughout the entire city, so we rely heavily on…

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