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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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Mayor’s Greening Initiative Tree Giveaway

April 26, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Community Event

As part of our Mayor’s Greening Initiative, we will be giving away 100 free trees to Grand Rapids residents at Roosevelt Park on Arbor Day (April 26th) from 6-7pm. No RSVP is necessary, but the trees will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis to Grand Rapids residents only. The 5-gallon trees are sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts and LACKS Enterprises, Inc. and are in high demand so please visit us early to pick out your tree! Representatives from Bartlett…

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4th Annual Mayor’s Greening Initiative

April 27, 2019 | 8:30 AM | Community Event,Park Volunteer Event,Urban Forest Project Event,Volunteer Event

The Mayor’s Greening Initiative is a partnership with the Mayor’s office, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the City’s Forestry Department as a way to engage the entire community in reaching our city’s 40 percent tree canopy goal. Working alongside the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association, the Fourth Annual Mayor’s Greening Initiative will be in the Grandville Corridor. No experience required!  Our team will give you step by step instructions on how to plant a tree as well as provide all…

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Greenwood Cemetery Beautification

May 4, 2019 | 9:00 AM

Join our friends of the Friends of Greenwood Cemetery!  Friends of Greenwood Cemetery will be leading a spring clean-up for Greenwood Cemetery.  You can register here. When: Saturday, May 4, TIME CHANGE 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Where: Greenwood Cemetery, 1401 Leonard St NW 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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Downtown Grand Rapids Tree Planting @ Boardwalk Condos

May 18, 2019 | 9:00 AM

What: We are so excited to be partnering with our friends at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. for a series of tree plantings this Spring to help green up the downtown Grand Rapids area. Where and When: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 9:00-11:00 AM at Boardwalk Condos (940 Monroe NW). We will meet in the parking lot East of the condos, off of Mason St. Who: Anyone and everyone! Come and join even if you have no experience! If you live in, work in,…

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Celebrate Kids to Parks Day with Friends!

May 18, 2019 | 10:00 AM | Community Event

Join us for a free family field day! Enjoy a disc golf lesson, garden, make a planter, explore the park with a scavenger hunt or play with yard games!  The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition will be hosting a bike rodeo!  Blue’s Boxing Gym and the Kent District Library Book Mobile will at the park as well.  Enjoy shaved ice from Kona Ice.  A percentage of those proceeds will go towards the fundraising efforts of the Garfield Park Splashpad. Bring…

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Downtown Grand Rapids Tree Planting @ Amtrak Station

May 23, 2019 | 5:30 PM | 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 Spring to help green up the downtown Grand Rapids area. Where and When: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019, 5:30-7:30 PM at the Vernon J. Ehlers Amtrak Station (371 Ellsworth Ave SW). We will meet in the parking lot on the North side of the train station building, South of the Wealthy St. overpass, street parking available. Who: Anyone and everyone!…

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Clemente Park Spring Cleaning

May 25, 2019 | 9:30 AM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Join us as we do a little spring cleaning!  Once all the snow is washed away, there is quite a mess left behind.  We will be cleaning up the trail in Clemente Park.  You can register here. When: Saturday, May 25, 2019, 9:30 – 11:00 am Where: Clemente Park, 546 Rumsey SW 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…

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Mackay Jaycee Beautification

June 1, 2019 | 9:00 AM

Join our Friends at Alger Heights Neighborhood Association!  Help spruce things up for summer. Questions? Contact Dan at 616-8808 or Sam at 616-540-2107. When: Saturday, June 1 Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Who: Family-friendly.

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Downtown Grand Rapids Tree Planting at Front Ave and Butterworth Ave SW

June 1, 2019 | 9:30 AM

What: We are so excited to be partnering with our friends at Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. for a series of tree plantings this Spring to help green up the downtown Grand Rapids area. Where and When: Saturday, June 1st, 2019, 9:30-11:30 AM at 120 Front Ave SW, street parking is available. Who: Anyone and everyone! Come and join even if you have no experience! If you live in, work in, or just love the downtown area, we would love to help teach you how to…

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Neighborhood Forester Pruning and Maintenance Classs

June 4, 2019 | 6:00 PM | Urban Forest Project Event,Workshops

Join us for our Tree Pruning and Maintenance Class to learn the basics of continuing the maintenance of your 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 ‘Neighborhood Forester’ designation. A $5 donation…

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Highland Park BBQ & Beautify

June 6, 2019 | 5:30 PM | Park Volunteer Event,Parks Alive Leaders,Volunteer Event

Head over to the park at 5:30 pm and join our team for a beautification project and help us spruce up the park. All ages are welcome and we’ll provide the tools and training for each project. At 6:30 pm, we’ll gather for a free BBQ meal featuring deliciously fresh, nutritious menu provided by Johnny B’z. Don’t worry if you need to leave early or arrive late, we’ll welcome you when you arrive.      This is the fourth year…

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