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Tree Planting Project: Downtown

September 28, 2019 | 9:30 AM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join FGRP and other community members to plant trees in the downtown Grand Rapids area! ***We’ll meet at 18 Barnett St. NW (Barnett is one block south of Leonard, between Taylor and Ionia). As part of the Urban Forest Project, we’re on a mission to plant 225 trees throughout the city this fall. We’ll be focusing on projects in the downtown and Uptown areas, as well as at city schools. This project: is kid-friendly is flexible! Leave a little early if…

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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 Planting Project: Mini Grant Awards!

October 8, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join FGRP and other community members help our Garfield Park neighbors plant trees awarded by this year’s mini-grants! ***We will meet at 1981 Collins Ave SE.*** As part of the Urban Forest Project, we’re on a mission to plant 225 trees throughout the city this fall. We’ll be focusing on projects in the downtown and Uptown areas, as well as at city schools. This project: – is kid-friendly – is flexible! Leave a little early if needed – requires no…

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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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Tree Planting Project: Mini Grant Awards!

October 12, 2019 | 9:30 AM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join FGRP to help our neighbors plant trees awarded by this year’s Mini Grants! As part of the Urban Forest Project, we’re on a mission to plant 225 trees throughout the city this fall.

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Tree Planting Project: Mini Grant Awards!

October 12, 2019 | 12:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join FGRP and to help our Oakwood area neighbors plant trees awarded by this year’s Mini Grants! ***We will meet at 320 Boltwood Dr NE*** As part of the Urban Forest Project, we’re on a mission to plant 225 trees throughout the city this fall. We’ll be focusing on projects in the downtown and Uptown areas, as well as at city schools. This project: – is kid-friendly – is flexible! Leave a little early if needed – requires no previous…

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Tree Planting Project: Mini Grant Awards!

October 15, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join FGRP to help our neighbors plant trees awarded by this year’s Mini Grants! As part of the Urban Forest Project, we’re on a mission to plant 225 trees throughout the city this fall.

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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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Tree Planting Project: Brewer’s Grove

October 18, 2019 | 2:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

We’ll be getting together with brewers from across the city to plant trees and party at Riverside Park! Dubbed Brewer’s Grove, this project is funded by breweries that participate in the annual creation and sale of a unique Tree Beer (in February/March).

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Tree Planting Project

October 19, 2019 | 9:30 AM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join FGRP and other community members to plant trees in the East Fulton & Midtown areas! ***We will meet at 753 Atwood St NE.*** As part of the Urban Forest Project, we’re on a mission to plant 225 trees throughout the city this fall. We’ll be focusing on projects in the downtown and Uptown areas, as well as at city schools. This project: – is kid-friendly – is flexible! Leave a little early if needed – requires no previous experience –…

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Tree Planting Project

October 26, 2019 | 9:30 AM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join FGRP and other community members to plant trees in the Grand Rapids area! As part of the Urban Forest Project, we’re on a mission to plant 225 trees throughout the city this fall.

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Greenwood Cemetery Volunteer Beautification Project

October 26, 2019 | 9:30 AM | Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Join us and Parks Alive group, Friends of Greenwood Cemetery, to beautify this community space! We’ll be weeding garden beds, picking up litter, tidying up grave sites, and straightening small headstones. We’ll have light refreshments as a thank you for volunteers! This project is great for all ages (but all volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or adult). Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty or paint…

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Tree Planting Project

October 26, 2019 | 12:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join FGRP and to help our neighbors in the Eastown Community Association plant trees provided by this year’s mini grant! ***We’ll meet at the intersection of Giddings and Thomas St.*** As part of the Urban Forest Project, we’re on a mission to plant 225 trees throughout the city this fall. We’ll be focusing on projects in the downtown and Uptown areas, as well as at city schools. This project: – is kid-friendly – is flexible! Leave a little early if…

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Tree Planting Project: Mini Grant Awards!

November 2, 2019 | 9:30 AM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join FGRP to help our neighbors plant trees awarded by this year’s Mini Grants! As part of the Urban Forest Project, we’re on a mission to plant 225 trees throughout the city this fall.

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GOTV! Volunteer to Educate Neighbors about Parks Proposal

November 2, 2019 | 9:45 AM | Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Grand Rapids residents have an important opportunity to vote Yes! on the “Parks, Pools & Playgrounds” proposal on Nov. 5. Friends of Grand Rapids Parks believes in this proposal and wants to rally our community in support! We hope you will join us to canvas neighborhoods and provide voters with literature that explains the cost to property owners, what funds will be used for, and the transformation made possible by the last millage. We’ll provide the addresses and maps –…

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Volunteer Happy Hour

November 6, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Volunteer Event

  We want to say a HUGE thank you to all of those who have volunteered their time and talents to further GR parks and trees this year. If you have volunteered with us this year, join us at Brewery Vivant for laughs, apps, and beers – of course! Please RSVP here so we know how many people to plan for. Appetizers will be provided, and you’ll receive one drink ticket upon arrival. We’ll see you soon!

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WinterWest Celebration at Richmond Park

January 4, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Community Event

Join us on January 4, 2020 as WinterWest returns to Richmond Park! This is a free event that encourages people to get out and enjoy winter in our Grand Rapids parks. The park will be filled with winter activities for your family to try from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.. Go on a snowshoe hike, try out a fat tire bike, or pop into the pavilion for kid-friendly crafts and hot chocolate to warm up! And of course, don’t forget the…

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Neighborhood Feedback Session

January 15, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Community Event,Urban Forest Project Event

This year, the Mayor’s Greening Initiative is coming to the Garfield Park neighborhood! This is an annual one-day volunteer project on April 25 that adds hundreds of trees to our city’s urban forest. We know that there will be some questions from neighbors. Does this impact my property long-term? Is anything required of me? What types of trees will be planted? What will traffic be like on the day of the planting project? Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the…

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Family Fun Day at Indian Trails

January 25, 2020 | 11:00 AM | Community Event

  This winter season, Indian Trails Golf Course has opened up its trail system for fat tire biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing! While most days a low-cost trail pass is needed, on Jan. 25, it’s a free Family Fun Day! Join us and friends from Junior League of Grand Rapids for a jam-packed day of outdoor adventure. Grab a pair of Friends of GR’s snowshoes, which were purchased with funds from Junior League and are used across the city for…

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Snowshoe at Ah-Nab-Awen Park

January 28, 2020 | 6:00 PM | Community Event

Feel the crunch of the snow under your feet and enjoy nature at this FREE spectacular snowshoeing event at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. Snowshoes will be provided. Don’t forget to dress warm! Snowshoe at the Park is one of many events during our 2020 World of Winter Festival, hosted by our friends at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. ABOUT WORLD OF WINTER This month-long festival, organized by DGRI and partners, is designed to take advantage of Michigan’s cold climate, provide fun ways for…

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Community Feedback Session

February 1, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Community Event,Urban Forest Project Event

This year, the Mayor’s Greening Initiative is coming to the Garfield Park neighborhood! This is an annual one-day volunteer project on April 25 that adds hundreds of trees to our city’s urban forest. We know that there will be some questions from neighbors. Does this impact my property long-term? Is anything required of me? What types of trees will be planted? What will traffic be like on the day of the planting project? Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the…

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Tree ID Winter Hike at Indian Trails

March 4, 2020 | 5:15 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

Do you love spending time in nature and going on casual hikes in our city parks? You should join our forester Lauren on a winter tree identification hike at Indian Trails! This hike will be a simplified version of our Tree ID Neighborhood Forester Class, where we teach people to identify local trees and their unique characteristics. This event is a special feature of Winter Fun at Indian Trails, a program through the City of Grand Rapids’ Parks and Recreation…

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Tree Pruning Volunteer Project

March 5, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join Friends of GR Parks, neighborhood foresters and other volunteers to help prune oak trees in Riverside Park! *We’ll meet at the parking lot at Guild and Monroe* It is important to only prune oak trees in the colder winter months to protect them from pests that thrive in the summer. We hope you will be a part of this high-impact project that not only decreases risks of limb falls, but is also part of our larger initiative (the Urban…

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Tree Planting Class

March 11, 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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