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Volunteer Spotlight: Amanda C.

Amanda C. has been a volunteer with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks (FGRP) for over a year. She became involved with our organization through her employer, who is one of… Read More

Video: How to Plant a Tree

Join the Urban Forestry team to learn how to plant a tree in your yard!  

A Blossoming Corporate Volunteer Program

Corporate social responsibility is a term used often in the business world. For our friends at LaFleur Marketing, it’s more than a metric – it has been a key value… Read More

Spring Tree Checklist

  Now that the temperatures are rising (with the exception of random snow!), it is time to give your young trees a little attention. Trees need specific care for two years… Read More

Exploring the Benefits of Urban Trees

Those of us living in a city don’t often consider that we also live in a forest; but all the trees, shrubs and vegetation lining our streets, parks and backyards… Read More

It’s the Week of Arbor Day!

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, tree advocate and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks board member, is celebrating Arbor Day with us this week! We work to increase our urban tree canopy year-round… Read More

Friends’ Update: COVID-19

Friends is committed to maintaining a safe environment for all our volunteers, staff, and community members. We know that the recommended COVID-19 precautions will be key in helping our community… Read More

Volunteering = Happy Employees

In 2020, more and more businesses are understanding and embracing the benefits behind strong corporate social responsibility initiatives. A big piece to success? Engaging employees in volunteering! Corporate volunteerism is… Read More

Recap: Community feedback sessions for Garfield Park area trees

In preparation for the Mayor’s Greening Initiative, we co-hosted two Community Feedback sessions with the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association over the last month. What a great chance to hear from… Read More

WinterWest on WoodTV

Now that there’s snow back on the ground, are you ready for some outdoor winter fun? Our director Stephanie was just on Wood TV 8 to talk about WinterWest! The… Read More