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After Work Tree Time: Sherman and Bemis Streets

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

This event location has been changed! Join us for our weekly After Work Tree Time session at the intersection of Sherman St SE and Benjamin Ave SE 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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Day of Caring

September 14, 2018 | 1:30 PM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Join us as we support the Heart of West Michigan Day of Caring.  Find out more about HWMUW Day of Caring and registration information here. When: September 14, 1:30 – 4:30 pm Where: Huff Park, Aberdeen St entrance between Ball Ave and Fuller Ave, 1435 Aberdeen St NE Project Details:  Clearing overgrown foliage near park trail. What to Wear:  Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty or paint on them.  All volunteers under…

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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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Ah-Nab-Awen Beautification

September 21, 2018 | 10:30 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Join Downtown Grand Rapids Inc as they help beautify Ah-Nab-Awen Park. When: Friday, September 21st, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Where:  Ah-Nab-Awen Park (meet at Pearl St entrance near Gerald R. Ford Museum) Project Details:  Removing small trees and weeds, adding new plants, and spreading mulch. What to Wear:  Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get dirty or paint on them. Weather:  This event will happen rain or shine unless there are thunder and lightning. …

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Branching Out: An Advocacy Course

September 25, 2018 | 6:00 PM

Join us for our Branching Out learning experience on September 25th from 6 to 7:30pm at the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks Office at 15 Ionia Ave SW. This course will cover the importance of advocacy in your neighborhood. Advocacy is not only about chaining yourself to a tree, it is about earning the right to have powerful conversations that produce change. Whether you are working toward your Citizen Forester Certification or simply interested in making a difference in the…

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Tree Planting: Kent Intermediate School District

October 10, 2018 | 10:00 AM

  What: We are so excited to be partnering with our friends at Grand Rapids Public Schools for a series of tree plantings with elementary school children at schools here in Grand Rapids to contribute to our tree canopy for the benefit of future generations. Where: Kent Intermediate School District,1606 Leffingwell Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 When: Wednesday, October 10, 10am – 1:30pm Who: Anyone and everyone! Come help us assist Grand Rapids Public School students in learning how…

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Tree Planting: Kent Hills Elementary School

October 12, 2018 | 10:00 AM | Community Event,Urban Forest Project Event

What: We are so excited to be partnering with our friends at Grand Rapids Public Schools for a series of tree plantings with elementary school children at schools here in Grand Rapids to contribute to our tree canopy for the benefit of future generations. Where: Kent Hills Elementary School, 1445 Emerald Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 When: Friday, October 12, 10am – 2pm Who: Anyone and everyone! Come help us assist Grand Rapids Public School students in learning how…

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Tree Planting Midtown Neighborhood

October 13, 2018 | 2:00 PM

What: We are so excited to be planting trees in the Midtown Neighborhood this October! This is a community-sponsored and resident-driven event, meaning that this couldn’t be possible without resident support (both in giving of their time and money!). A special thank you to Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Martha’s Vineyard, and Midtown Neighborhood Association! Where and When: Saturday, October 13th, 2-4pm at Midtown Green, 753 Fountain St NE Who: Anyone and everyone! Come and join even if you have no experience! If you…

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Tree Planting: GRCC Track with DGRI

October 15, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Community Event,Urban Forest Project Event

What: We are so excited to be partnering with our friends at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.. for a series of tree plantings this fall to help green up the downtown Grand Rapids area. Where: On Crescent and Barclay adjacent to the GRCC Track, meet at 201 Crescent St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 When: Monday, October 15, 5:30pm – 7:30pm Who: Anyone and everyone! Come and join even if you have no experience! If you live in, work in, or…

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Tree Planting: GRPS University

October 17, 2018 | 9:00 AM | Community Event,Urban Forest Project Event

What: We are so excited to be partnering with our friends at Grand Rapids Public Schools for a series of tree plantings with elementary school children at schools here in Grand Rapids to contribute to our tree canopy for the benefit of future generations. Where: GRPS University, 1400 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505 When: Wednesday, October 17, 9 am – 1 pm Who: Anyone and everyone! Come help us assist Grand Rapids Public School students in learning how…

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Brewer’s Grove Planting & Party in the Park!

October 19, 2018 | 1:00 PM

Meet the minds behind the annual Brewer’s Grove Tree Beer(s), plant a tree with your favorite Grand Rapids Area Brewers, and enjoy beer  at this year’s BREWERS GROVE PLANTING AND PARTY IN RIVERSIDE PARK!  Along with being funded by our Tree Beer program and local breweries, this project is also sponsored by DTE Energy. Thank you DTE Energy! The trees planted will improve tree diversity, provide a source of food to wildlife and park users, and replace removed ash trees lost due to…

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Oakhill Cemetery Beautification

October 20, 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 20th, 9:30 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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Tree Planting Class

October 23, 2018 | 6:00 PM

What better way to celebrate trees in our community than by planting them! We will be wrapping up 2018 Tree Beer and Brewer’s Grove festivities with a Tree Planting Class at Harmony Hall on October 23rd from 6-7:30pm. Make sure to also check our events page for more information on all of the tree plantings happening in the month of October! Just because Brewer’s Grove will be over doesn’t mean you can’t plant a tree in your yard! Join Friends…

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After Work Tree Time: East Hills

October 25, 2018 | 5:30 PM | Urban Forest Project Event

  Join us for a surprise end of season After Work Tree Time session at 901 Virginia St SE on Thursday, September 6th from 5:30-7:30pm, no pruning experience is necessary!

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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, Friends of Greenwood Cemetery, to beautify one of our local green spaces at Greenwood Cemetery.  Light refreshments will be served.  You can register here. When: October 27, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Where: Greenwood Cemetery, 1401 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Project Details: Garden bed weeding, litter pick-up, and straightening small headstones. What to Wear: Please dress for the weather and plan to wear clothes that can get…

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Pruning and Maintenance Class

November 28, 2018 | 5:30 PM

Join us for our Tree Pruning and Maintenance Class with guest speaker Geoffrey Kempter! Participants will learn the basics of continuing the maintenance of their 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…

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Cardboard Sled Workshop

December 15, 2018 | 10:00 AM | Special Event,Workshops

Do you need help making your sled for the crazy cardboard sled race?  Join The National Science Institute, formerly The Geek Group, as they continue their partnership and support of WinterWest.  The National Science Institute will host a cardboard sled making workshop.  They will have cardboard available bring your own paint and special decals and create your cardboard sled for WinterWest.  Register here for the workshop. When:  Saturday, December 15th Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Where: 902 Leonard St…

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Winter Tree ID

December 18, 2018 | 5:30 PM

Join us for an opportunity to learn to identify that tree in your backyard, no matter the season. We’ll go over basic tenets of tree identification with guest speaker Lee Mueller. 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, and we will lend our focus towards tricks and tips for identifying trees in the winter. A…

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WinterWest

January 12, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Community Event,Special Event

WinterWest is a winter fun series that are free events in collaboration with the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Rec Department, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and West Grand Neighborhood Organization to encourage outdoor park engagement during the chilly winter months.   Join us on Saturday, January 12th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. The popular youth and adult crazy cardboard sled races return! Bring your family and friends and enjoy hot chocolate, kid activities, yard games, and more!…

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Pruning and Maintenance Class

February 15, 2019 | 6:30 PM

Join us for our Tree Pruning and Maintenance Class with guest speaker Geoffrey Kempter! Participants will learn the basics of continuing the maintenance of their 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…

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Branching Out Class

March 12, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Workshops

Join us for our Branching Out learning experience. This course will cover the importance of advocacy in your neighborhood. Advocacy is not only about chaining yourself to a tree, but it is also about earning the right to have powerful conversations that produce change. Whether you are working toward your Neighborhood Forester Certification or simply interested in making a difference in the parks and trees in your community, mark your calendars and join us for an afternoon of fun, education,…

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Work-In for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks

March 22, 2019 | 12:00 PM

Work, eat, drink, and mingle while watching your favorite teams bust your bracket or pull the upset! Enjoy an afternoon of hoops on TV and libations while working on your laptop. Bring your co-workers or clients. Wifi & power-strips available. SEVEN MONKS WILL PROVIDE AN ALL YOU CAN EAT PIZZA BAR WITH THE PURCHASE OF A SEAT. Happy Hour specials start at 3 pm. Registration and day-of raffle ticket sales directly support Friends of Grand Rapids Parks EFFORTS TO BRING OUTDOOR FAMILY-FRIENDLY MOVIES TO…

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Neighborhood Forester Tree Planting Class

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

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: Tree Planting Class

April 16, 2019 | 6:00 PM

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 a guest instructor from Bartlett Tree Services, sponsor of our 2019 Tree Giveaway! 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…

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