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Pallet Table Building – volunteer day

September 3, 2020 | 4:00 PM

In partnership with Uptown Grand Rapids, Inc., we are going to help create wooden pallet tables for their upcoming social zone and district. If you’re interested in helping us hammer, paint, and create wooden pallet tables, we’d love to have your support! Grab your hammer and/or cordless drill and join us at Wilcox Park! If interested, please RSVP to Claire Fisher (Volunteer Coordinator) at cfisher@friendsofgrparks.org and/or 616-516-3627. — This project: – is kid-friendly – requires no previous experience – is…

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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. We’ll host this class virtually via Zoom, so if you plan to attend, please register here so you can receive the link. This course is one of four required to obtain FGRP’s Neighborhood Forester Certification, but is also…

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Project Curb Appeal – Monument Park

September 12, 2020 | 9:30 AM | Volunteer Event

In partnership with the City of Grand Rapids, our wonderful volunteers will be helping maintain, beautify, and enhance the curb appeal of our beautiful parks. Our wonderful community partners at the Cathedral of St. Andrews will be beautifying and cleaning up Monument Park with us this Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am. At this point in time, we are all set on volunteers. However, if you’re interested in organizing a volunteer project OR adopting a specific park, contact claire@friendsofgrparks.org! — The…

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In the Trees Book Club Discussion

September 15, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Community Partner Event

Our next book club selection is “Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Grab your copy here! If you’d like to join the discussion, make sure you sign up through our website so you receive discussion questions and the Zoom link! If you signed up for a previous book club, you are still on our list and will automatically receive all the information needed. — About the Book: “Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman,…

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Community Tree Pruning

September 16, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join FGRP and other community members to prune trees throughout the city! Email claire@friendsofgrparks.org to sign up! City trees need love and should be pruned every 3 to 5 years, yet most are pruned only every 10 to 12. Volunteering to prune trees is a high-impact project that not only decreases risks of limb falls, but also helps work toward our larger goal to increase Grand Rapids’ tree canopy. This project: requires no previous experience is open to all members…

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Project Curb Appeal – Calder Plaza Park

September 17, 2020 | 10:00 AM

In partnership with the City of Grand Rapids, our awesome volunteers will be helping maintain, beautify, and enhance the curb appeal of our beautiful parks and green spaces. Our wonderful community partners at Adventure Credit Union will be beautifying and cleaning up Calder Plaza with us this Thursday from 10:00am to 12:00pm. At this point in time, we are all set on volunteers. However, if you’re interested in organizing a volunteer project OR adopting a specific park, contact claire@friendsofgrparks.org! —…

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Dickinson Buffer Park Clean-up

September 19, 2020 | 9:00 AM

Our wonderful community partners at Relevant Life Church will be beautifying and cleaning up Dickinson Buffer Park with us on Saturday morning. Update: This project has 10 volunteers committed and is currently full! BUT we are constantly planning more projects. If you don’t see one of interest on our calendar, email claire@friendsofgrparks.org and we’ll work with you to organize one! — The City of Grand Rapids, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation launched the Urban…

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Adopt-a-Park Project: Clemente Park Clean-Up

September 22, 2020 | 12:00 PM

Company GR Aseptic has joined our Adopt-a-Park program and committed to steward Roberto Clemente Park! This volunteer project will engage GR Aseptic employees in caring for and beautifying the park. Update: This project has 10 volunteers committed and is currently full!   If your company would like to organize a corporate volunteer project OR adopt a specific park, contact claire@friendsofgrparks.org! —   The City of Grand Rapids, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the Grand Rapids Community Foundation launched the…

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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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Tree Care 101 Class

September 26, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Urban Forest Project Event

Not everyone needs in-depth lessons about tree identification and care – perhaps you simply want to be able to responsibly plant trees and help take care of them. If this sounds like you, attend our new Tree Care 101 Class! Sign up by emailing becky@friendsofgrparks.org This class has been designed specifically to help prepare volunteers and Garfield Park neighbors to care for new trees being planted through the Mayor’s Greening Initiative. On Oct. 9 and 10, volunteers will help plant…

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Pumpkin Party at Ah-Nab-Awen-Park

October 1, 2020 | 5:00 PM | Special Event

We invite families and friends to join us at Ah-Nab-Awen Park to pick up a pumpkin and painting kit, and enjoy some s’mores around the campfire. We’ll have supplies for 100 households available (1 pumpkin, paint kit and s’mores kit per family). Your family’s safety is our top priority! In accordance with government guidelines for COVID-19, the event is limited to 100 attendees at a time. We’ve organized all activities to be contact-free, and will require all attendees to wear…

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Pumpkin Party at Garfield Park

October 2, 2020 | 5:00 PM | Special Event

We invite families and friends to join us at Garfield Park to pick up a pumpkin and painting kit, and enjoy some s’mores around the campfire. We’ll have supplies for 100 households available (1 pumpkin, paint kit and s’mores kit per family). Your family’s safety is our top priority! In accordance with government guidelines for COVID-19, the event is limited to 100 attendees at a time. We’ve organized all activities to be contact-free, and will require all attendees to wear…

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Pumpkin Party at Roosevelt Park

October 3, 2020 | 5:00 PM | Special Event

We invite families and friends to join us at Roosevelt Park to pick up a pumpkin and painting kit, and enjoy some s’mores around the campfire. We’ll have supplies for 100 households available (1 pumpkin, paint kit and s’mores kit per family). Your family’s safety is our top priority! In accordance with government guidelines for COVID-19, the event is limited to 100 attendees at a time. We’ve organized all activities to be contact-free, and will require all attendees to wear…

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Mayor’s Greening Initiative presented by Verizon

October 9, 2020 | 2:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

The fifth annual Mayor’s Greening Initiative, presented by Verizon, is taking place in the Garfield Park neighborhood! This one-day volunteer event allows community members to make an immediate (and long-lasting) impact on our neighborhoods and health. With Mayor Bliss, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, the City Forestry Department, and the Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association, we’ll be planting 400 trees in the neighborhood on October 9th & 10th – join us! VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Tree Planting: Plant trees in Garfield Park or…

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Mayor’s Greening Initiative presented by Verizon

October 10, 2020 | 9:00 AM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

The fifth annual Mayor’s Greening Initiative, presented by Verizon, is taking place in the Garfield Park neighborhood! This one-day volunteer event allows community members to make an immediate (and long-lasting) impact on our neighborhoods and health. With Mayor Bliss, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, the City Forestry Department, and the Garfield Park Neighborhoods Association, we’ll be planting 400 trees in the neighborhood on October 9th & 10th – join us! VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Tree Planting: Plant trees in Garfield Park or…

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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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HALLOWEEN Tree Planting Volunteer Project

October 27, 2020 | 8:00 AM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

In collaboration with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Friends is planting trees in downtown GR. Join us for a fun day of beautifying our city on HALLOWEEN! We’ll provide all tools and instruction – costumes are welcome, but not required of course! Please RSVP to Claire Fisher at claire@friendsofgrparks.org to sign up. Volunteering to plant trees is a high-impact project that not only brings beauty and environmental benefits to neighborhoods, but also helps work toward our larger goal to increase Grand…

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Tree Planting Volunteer Project

October 28, 2020 | 4:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

In collaboration with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Friends is planting trees in downtown GR. Join us for a fun afternoon of beautifying our city. We’ll provide all tools and instruction! Please RSVP to Claire Fisher at claire@friendsofgrparks.org to sign up. Volunteering to plant trees is a high-impact project that not only brings beauty and environmental benefits to neighborhoods, but also helps work toward our larger goal to increase Grand Rapids’ tree canopy. This project: is kid-friendly requires no previous experience…

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Special Tree Planting with Habitat for Humanity

November 5, 2020 | 1:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

Join us to help Habitat for Humanity Kent County plant 11 trees at the new Plaza Roosevelt! We’ll provide all tools and instruction – no prior experience needed! Please RSVP to Claire Fisher at claire@friendsofgrparks.org to sign up and receive location information. This project has an amazing impact! Plaza Roosevelt is a neighborhood-focused plan to expand affordable housing, health, education, and economic opportunities for the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood. Volunteering to plant trees is a high-impact project that not only brings…

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Trek Park Trails

November 6, 2020 | 12:00 AM | Special Event

a self-led hike, walk or run TO HELP YOU DISCOVER ALL OUR PARK TRAILS & PATHS HAVE TO OFFER Trek Park Trails is not a race, but self-led hike, walk or run to help you discover all that our park trails and paths have to offer, enjoy the fall colors, and connect to nature.   support parks, get swag! When you register as an official participant of the first ever Trek Park Trails, you support future park beautification projects – and get…

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Volunteer Tree Planting Project

November 6, 2020 | 1:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

In collaboration with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., FGRP is planting trees in downtown GR. Join us for a fun afternoon of beautifying our city. We’ll provide all tools and instruction! Please RSVP to Claire Fisher at claire@friendsofgrparks.org to sign up and receive location information. Volunteering to plant trees is a high-impact project that not only brings beauty and environmental benefits to neighborhoods, but also helps work toward our larger goal to increase Grand Rapids’ tree canopy. This project: -is kid-friendly…

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Volunteer Tree Planting Project

November 7, 2020 | 10:00 AM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

In collaboration with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., FGRP is planting trees in downtown GR. Join us for a fun afternoon of beautifying our city. We’ll provide all tools and instruction! Please RSVP to Claire Fisher at claire@friendsofgrparks.org to sign up and receive location information. Volunteering to plant trees is a high-impact project that not only brings beauty and environmental benefits to neighborhoods, but also helps work toward our larger goal to increase Grand Rapids’ tree canopy. This project: -is kid-friendly…

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Branching Out 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 Tree Planting – Downtown

November 13, 2020 | 1:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

In collaboration with Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Friends is planting trees in downtown GR. Join us for a fun afternoon of beautifying our city. We’ll provide all tools and instruction! Please RSVP to Claire Fisher at claire@friendsofgrparks.org to sign up and receive location information. Volunteering to plant trees is a high-impact project that not only brings beauty and environmental benefits to neighborhoods, but also helps work toward our larger goal to increase Grand Rapids’ tree canopy. This project: -is kid-friendly…

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In the Trees Book Club Discussion

November 19, 2020 | 5:30 PM | Special Event

Our next book club selection is “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from A Secret World” If you’d like to join the discussion, make sure you sign up through our website so you receive discussion questions and the Zoom link! If you signed up for a previous book club, you are still on our list and will automatically receive all the information needed. SIGN UP HERE — About the Book: Are trees social…

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