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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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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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In the Trees Book Club

January 21, 2021 | 5:30 PM | Special Event

Our next Book Club selection is Clemens Arvay’s book, “The Biophilia Effect: A Scientific and Spiritual Exploration of the Healing Bond Between Humans and Nature”. If you’d like to join the discussion, make sure you sign up for our book club 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: The Biophilia Effect…

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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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Live Chat: Advocacy’s Role in Park Restoration

January 28, 2021 | 5:30 PM | Special Event

Join us for a live conversation about how you – the neighbors and friends of GR’s city parks – can be involved in restoring and stewarding these spaces. Our volunteer coordinator Claire will be interviewing Adopt-a-Park volunteer Carl Johnson about his experience advocating for Sundial Park. Sundial Park, Grand Rapids smallest park, is located on the southwest corner of 505 Cherry SE (the Hillmount Apartments). Originally, the symbol of the park was a small statue holding a sundial. The sundial…

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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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Love Your Park

February 11, 2021 | 11:00 AM | Special Event

Love Your Park is an annual gathering (virtual in 2021!) of Grand Rapids neighbors to celebrate the love of our parks and trees. Tune in to the event online for free! you’ll hear from neighbors about inspiring park experiences, learn how you can help others have moments like this, AND HAVE A LITTLE FUN! Learn more about Love Your Park and register to receive the webinar link.  

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Happy Hearts Park Stroll

February 12, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Special Event

We invite neighbors of all ages to experience the magic of a luminary-lit wintry stroll at one of three city parks: Huff Park, Garfield Park Nature Reserve or Roosevelt Park. Come with friends, kiddos, a partner, or enjoy a beautiful evening alone! The luminary-lit paths at these three parks will be set up for three nights: Feb. 12, 13, and 14 from 6-9 p.m. In accordance with government guidelines for COVID-19, the event will be contact-free, and all groups will…

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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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Volunteer Tree Planting Project

March 3, 2021 | 8:00 AM | Volunteer Event

It’s finally time to plant trees again! Sign up by emailing claire@friendsofgrparks.org to reserve your spot for this fun afternoon of beautifying our city. New trees not only bring beauty and environmental benefits to neighborhoods, but also help work toward our goal of increasing Grand Rapids’ tree canopy. Friends’ staff will provide all tools and on-site instruction, but make sure to watch this quick video beforehand for a tree planting tutorial. This volunteer project: is kid-friendly requires no previous experience…

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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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Volunteer Lunch n’ Learn

March 26, 2021 | 12:00 PM

Grab your lunch, hop online 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! Sign up for 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. We have a small staff but work throughout the entire city, so…

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Bugs & Ughs Special Workshop

March 31, 2021 | 6:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

Learn about local insects and pathogens through our Bugs & Ughs! Workshop In this special workshop, we will discuss common (and not-so-common) insects and diseases that impact our trees’ health, how to stop them, and how to treat them. This course is not required to obtain Friends’ Neighborhood Forester Certification, and is also open to all members of the community. Attendance at previous Neighborhood Forester classes is not required, however, information from our Pruning and Maintenance class will be discussed…

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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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It’s My Park Day!

April 16, 2021 | 12:00 AM | Volunteer Event

Join your neighbors to help get our city parks ready for the summer! Projects are planned for parks across the city, where volunteers will help pick up trash, beautify flowerbeds, and more. Check if a project is planned at your park and sign up to join! Projects are happening from 10-1 on Friday, April 16 and Saturday, April 17. are you a site leader? Go ahead and fill out our this quick form so your volunteer team can get to…

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“Ask an Arborist” Q&A with Our Team

April 20, 2021 | 12:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

As we gear up for summer and the celebration of Arbor Day, trees are on our minds! Do you have a tree-related question you’ve been wishing you could ask an expert? Now is your chance! Send your tree questions to our Urban Forest team at info@friendsofgrparks.org. Then hop online for our live stream and hear them unpack questions from you and your neighbors!

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In the Trees Book Club

April 22, 2021 | 5:30 PM | Special Event

Our second Book Club selection of 2021 is Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage by Diane Glave. If you’d like to join the discussion, we encourage you to check local bookstores to get your copy! Make sure you sign up 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: In Rooted…

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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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Arbor Day Celebration (Mayor’s Greening Initiative)

May 1, 2021 | 12:00 AM | Urban Forest Project Event

The Mayor’s Greening Initiative works to engage the entire community in reaching our city’s 40 percent tree canopy goal. While we know that trees add to the quality of life for those who live, work and play in our city, this event is truly about welcoming neighbors to make a difference in their community. In 2021, the initiative will focus on planting trees in the Burton Heights neighborhood and Plaster Creek Park. 2021 schedule of events MAY 1: Arbor Day Celebration Planting…

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Tree Giveaway (Mayor’s Greening Initiative)

May 8, 2021 | 12:00 AM | Urban Forest Project Event

The Mayor’s Greening Initiative works to engage the entire community in reaching our city’s 40 percent tree canopy goal. While we know that trees add to the quality of life for those who live, work and play in our city, this event is truly about welcoming neighbors to make a difference in their community. In 2021, the initiative will focus on planting trees in the Burton Heights neighborhood and Plaster Creek Park. 2021 schedule of events MAY 1: Arbor Day Celebration Planting…

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Volunteer Garlic Mustard Pull at Aman Park

May 8, 2021 | 10:00 AM | Volunteer Event

It’s confirmed – the invasive species, Garlic Mustard, has started to appear along trails at the beloved Aman Park! Let’s get out and clean up! The West Michigan Conservation Network is co-hosting this important volunteer project. They will provide a brief introduction to Garlic Mustard and lesson on identification and removal techniques. Then volunteers will break into smaller groups to scan and remove the plant. Details: Gloves and bags will be provided.   You may consider bringing your own pair of…

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Neighborhood Forester Pruning & Maintenance Class

May 12, 2021 | 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 & Maintenance Class! The class will be hosted virtually via Zoom. Registrants will receive a link via email, so make sure you sign up below! 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…

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Sips & Succulents: A Mother’s Day Celebration

May 12, 2021 | 7:30 PM

Join Friends and local business Aperitivo for a fabulously fun night of sips and succulents – and fund park projects! Our signature Sips and Succulent event is back again in 2021 – social distanced style. When you purchase a ticket, you will receive a DIY succulent planter kit paired with wine and a personal charcuterie plate (and just in time for Mother’s Day!). You’ll pick up your kit from Aperitivo any time on Wednesday, May 12. Then join us live…

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