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For the Kids: Night Skies (& coloring pages)

Mid-August is the time to look up at the night sky – the Persied meteor shower is happening! How many shooting stars can you count in a minute? If you… Read More

The #ParkChallenge with Nate Rauh-Bieri

The City of Grand Rapids manages 76 parks, and there are even more within city limits! With such a large number, one would think it unfathomable to visit them all… Read More

A Fun Outing: John Ball Zoo

Here at Friends, we’re always looking for fun activities to get people outside in the fresh air. We greatly appreciate that Grand Rapids has several organizations that share in the… Read More

I Believe that Trees Have Stories

Friends’ Development Director, Tori, sat down (virtually) with Benjamin and Lisa of Benjamin Scheid Custom Building Concepts to dig into why their company donates to Friends. In our latest newsletter… Read More

Park of the Month: Garfield Park

Garfield Park is located at 250 Burton St SE (between Madison and Jefferson). It is one of the city’s larger parks consisting of 36 acres including the adjacent Burton Woods,… Read More

J: A Great Friend from the Start

J (they/them) was initially an intern with Friends, and still volunteers with our team today! J heard about Friends’ internship program just after moving to Grand Rapids from Chicago and… Read More

Park of the Month: Plaster Creek

739 Van Raalte Dr. SW Grand Rapids Public Schools (specifically Burton Elementary and Middle School) has recently collaborated with the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department to bring… Read More

Kids Nature Craft: Pinecone Bird Feeders

Now that it’s warming up, the birds are coming out more! Have you heard them chirping? This month, we’re making pinecone bird feeders so our littlest friends can get to… Read More

Park of the Month: Roosevelt

739 Van Raalte Dr. SW Established 1923 Roosevelt Park encompasses 7.27 acres at the southern terminus of Grandville Ave before it becomes Chicago Drive and intersects with Clyde Park Ave…. Read More

Park of the Month: Richmond

1101 Richmond St. NW, 49504 Established 1915 If you’re looking for a great sledding hill this winter, check out Richmond Park! You’ll find this multi-use 57-acre park on the northwest… Read More