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Tree Identification Class

August 21, 2018 | 5:30 PM

Join us for an opportunity to learn to identify that tree in your backyard. We’ll go over basic tenets 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 ‘Citizen Forester’ designation. A $5 donation per class…

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KaBOOM! Build – Eastern Park

August 23, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Community Event,Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Special Event,Volunteer Event

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department are excited to announce a new KaBOOM! playground sponsored by Amway Corporation coming to the Highland Park neighborhood.  Join us as we team up to build a playground for the children at Eastern Park.  No experience is needed and all the tools will be provided!  There are a few ways you can be involved.  Assist with the Prep Days or join us on the Build Day.  You…

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After Work Tree Time: Richmond Park

August 30, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

Join us for our weekly After Work Tree Time session at 1101 Richmond St NW on Thursday, August 30th from 5:30-7:30pm, no pruning experience is necessary!

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After Work Tree Time: Joe Taylor Park (Part 2)

September 6, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

Join us for our weekly After Work Tree Time session at 1038 Bemis St. SE on Thursday, September 6th from 5:30-7:30pm, no pruning experience is necessary!

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After Work Tree Time: Roosevelt Park Series

September 13, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

Join us for our weekly After Work Tree Time session at 1342 Grandville Ave SW on Thursday, September 13th from 5:30-7:30pm, no pruning experience is necessary!

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Fairplains Cemetery Beautification

September 19, 2018 | 5:30 PM

Join us as we work together to beautify one of our local green spaces at Fairplains Cemetery.  You can register here. When: September 19, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Where: Fairplains Cemetery, 2056 Diamond Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 What to Wear: Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty or paint on them.  All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent signature on liability waiver before allowed to volunteer. Who: …

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After Work Tree Time: Early Learning Center

September 20, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

Join us for our weekly After Work Tree Time session at 641 Vries St. SW on Thursday, September 20th from 5:30-7:30pm, no pruning experience is necessary!

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After Work Tree Time: Riverside Park Band Shell

September 27, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

Join us for our weekly After Work Tree Time session at 2001 Monroe Ave NW on Thursday, September 27th from 5:30-7:30pm, no pruning experience is necessary!

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After Work Tree Time: Riverside Park End of Season Celebration

September 29, 2018 | 2:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

  Join us for our end-of-season AWTT pruning event and celebration at 2001 Monroe Ave NE on Saturday, September 29th from 5:30-7:30pm. No pruning experience is necessary. You have worked hard this season, come join us as we end the summer with a bang!

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Oakhill Cemetery Beautification

October 6, 2018 | 9:30 AM

Join us as we work together to beautify one of our local green spaces at Oakhill Cemetery.  You can register here. When: October 5, 9:00 am – 11:00 am Where: Oakhill Cemetery, 647 Hall St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 What to Wear: Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty or paint on them.  All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent signature on liability waiver before allowed to volunteer. Who: …

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Greenwood Cemetery Beautification

October 27, 2018 | 9:30 AM

Join us as we work together with a special Parks Alive Group to beautify one of our local green spaces at Greenwood Cemetery.  You can register here. When: October 27, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Where: Greenwood Cemetery, 1401 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 What to Wear: Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty or paint on them.  All volunteers under the age of 18 must have a parent signature on liability waiver…

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