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Neighborhood Forester Tree Planting Class

April 9, 2019 | 3:00 PM | Classes,Urban Forest Project Event

Spring is upon us! And with that, so is the start of our 2019 tree planting season! We are excited to offer our Tree Planting class with guest instructors Nathan Rodriguez and Aaron Konn, Foresters with Consumers Energy. This class is a great learning opportunity leading up to the 4th annual Mayor’s Greening Initiative, where we will be planting 300 trees in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood.  You can register here. Our Neighborhood Forester Tree Planting Class will teach you the…

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Neighborhood Forester Pruning and Maintenance Classs

June 4, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Classes,Urban Forest Project Event

Join us for our Tree Pruning and Maintenance Class to learn the basics of continuing the maintenance of your trees including: basic tree biology, pruning techniques, various tools, mulching, timing of maintenance, and other resources. Trees cannot survive in our city without continued care, and this class will give you the knowledge to help care for the trees in your yard. This class is part of a series of required classes to earn a ‘Neighborhood Forester’ designation. A $5 donation…

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Neighborhood Forester Tree Identification Class @ Huff Park

June 18, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Classes,Community Partner Event,Urban Forest Project Event

Join us for an opportunity to learn how to identify that tree in your backyard. We’ll go over basics of tree identification and practice your skills outside. Specific attention will be given to developing an understanding of the terminology and definitions of various tree-identification related terms. A couple of different resources will be explored to help you identify trees. This class is another in the series of required classes to earn a ‘Neighborhood Forester’ designation. A $5 donation per class…

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Tree ID Class

July 30, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Classes

Join us for an opportunity to learn how to identify that tree in your backyard. We’ll go over basics of tree identification and practice your skills outside. Specific attention will be given to developing an understanding of the terminology and definitions of various tree-identification related terms. A couple of different resources will be explored to help you identify trees. This class is another in the series of required classes to earn a ‘Neighborhood Forester’ designation. A $5 donation per class…

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Tree ID Class

September 10, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Classes

Learn timing of maintenance throughout a tree’s life, tools needed, the importance of mulching, and correct pruning techniques

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Tree Planting Class

September 25, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Classes

In this class, we will discuss evaluating potential locations, selecting an appropriate tree species, and taking care of newly planted trees.

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Tree ID Class

October 2, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Classes

In this class, we review the basics of tree identification and practice our skills outside. We specifically focus on understanding tree terminology, and provide participants with resources to continue learning individually.

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Community Invasive Control Presentation

October 7, 2019 | 7:00 PM | Classes

Invasive species control is a growing field and an important component of land restoration. Fall and winter is the best time of year to control invasive woody plants on your property. Come join the Kent Conservation District for a workshop at Berkley Hills Church (1670 Ball Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505) on identification and control of invasive plant species, such as oriental bittersweet and invasive shrubs. Review control options and challenges using examples aimed at the average homeowner’s back…

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Tree Pruning Class

October 9, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Classes

In this class, we discuss the timing of maintenance throughout a tree’s life, tools needed, the importance of mulching, and correct pruning techniques.

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Branching Out Advocacy Class

October 16, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Classes

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 to have powerful conversations that produce change.

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Branching Out in Advocacy Class

April 16, 2020 | 1:00 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 April 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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Tree Pruning & Maintenance Class

June 10, 2020 | 6:00 PM | Classes,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 and we will send you the meeting link! This course is one of four required to obtain FGRP’s Neighborhood Forester Certification, but is also open to all members of the…

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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! We’ll have special guests and Michigan historians Christine Byron and Tom Wilson on to discuss the history of Grand Rapids parks. You’ll hear where the first parks in Grand Rapids were located, how new parks were developed, and interesting tidbits from the Grand Rapids Historical Commission’s book, Keep on the Grass: A Brief History of Grand Rapids Parks. Sign up here to receive the virtual meeting link: — Friends of…

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Volunteer Lunch n’ Learn

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

Grab your lunch 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! Note: We are hosting these sessions virtually – so make sure you sign up below to receive the 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.…

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Color Hike & Tree ID Class

October 22, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Classes,Urban Forest Project Event

Enjoy the beautiful fall colors on a relaxed hike with our Urban Forest Team. We’ll walk through Richmond Park and learn about the trees all around. Face coverings and social distancing are required. Let us know you’re coming! Please RSVP to becky@friendsofgrparks.org.

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Branching Out in Advocacy Class

November 11, 2020 | 6:00 PM | Classes

If you want to affect sustainable change for our community’s parks and trees, join us for our advocacy class, Branching Out! The 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 to have…

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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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Winter Tree ID Class & Hike

January 23, 2021 | 11:00 AM | Classes

If you want to learn how to identify local trees and their unique characteristics, attend our Tree ID Class – this time, in the beautiful snowy Richmond Park! In this class, we review the basics of tree identification and practice our skills on the evergreens outside. We specifically focus on understanding tree terminology, and provide participants with resources to continue learning individually. Face coverings and social distancing are required. Let us know which hike you’ll attend! Please register here. —…

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Tree Planting Class

February 10, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Classes

Learn how to give young trees their best chance through our Tree Planting Class! The class will be hosted virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link via email. 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 Friends’ Neighborhood Forester Certification, but is also open to all members of the community. There…

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Branching Out in Advocacy Class

February 24, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Classes

If you want to affect sustainable change for our community’s parks and trees, join us for our advocacy class, Branching Out! The 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 Team, this class aims to empower you to have powerful conversations…

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Pruning & Maintenance Class

March 10, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Classes

If you want to learn how to properly care for trees as they grow, attend our Tree Pruning & Maintenance Class! The class will be hosted virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link via email. In this class, we discuss the timing of maintenance throughout a tree’s life, tools needed, the importance of mulching, and correct pruning techniques. This course is one of four required to obtain Friends’ Neighborhood Forester Certification, but is also open to all members of…

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Tree ID Class

March 24, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Classes

Join our Tree ID Class to learn how to identify local trees and their unique characteristics. Depending on the weather, this class may be hosted virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link via email. In this class, we review the basics of tree identification and practice our skills outside. We specifically focus on understanding tree terminology, and provide participants with resources to continue learning individually. This course is one of four required to obtain Friends’ Neighborhood Forester Certification, but…

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Tree Planting Class

April 14, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Classes

Learn how to give young trees their best chance through our Tree Planting Class! The class will be hosted virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link via email. 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 Friends’ Neighborhood Forester Certification, but is also open to all members of the community. There…

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Branching Out in Advocacy Class

April 28, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Classes

If you want to affect sustainable change for our community’s parks and trees, join us for our advocacy class, Branching Out! The 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 Team, this class aims to empower you to have powerful conversations…

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