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All About Bats at the Blandford Nature Center

All About Bats at the Blandford Nature Center

From: http://blandfordnaturecenter.org/

Join us Saturday October 27 for two special programs.  We have the Organization for Bat Conservation at 2:00 sharing live bats with us to learn more about the nocturnal creature and their benefits to our insect populations.  At 3:00 PM, we'll have a bat box building program in which you take a home a bat box that will house up to 60 bats!

Live bat program $5 members, $6 for nonmembers. Bat Box Building class is $30 per box for members, $36 for nonmembers.  Please register at 735-6240.

500 Trees to be planted as part of Grand River protection and restoration initiative

 500 Trees to be planted as part of Grand River protection and restoration initiative

The U.S. Forest Service announced yesterday nearly $3 million in grants to improve tree canopy, forest cover and ultimately, water quality in six Great Lakes states, including $70,000 to the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. The grants are part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), a collaborative effort between federal, state, tribal and local partners.

“Healthy forests and lands support healthy waters," said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. "These projects will put people to work increasing the number of trees, turning polluted industrial sites into beautiful parkland and improving habitat for wildlife."

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Compost

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Compost

By Victoria Mullen

Dean Rosendall’s passion for composting and recycling is contagious. When we meet for this article’s interview, I’m struck by his genuine interest in and commitment to his profession, which meshes nicely with his ease in building relationships, spotting trends and putting together a strategic vision.

Rosendall is a partner in the newly launched recycling business, New Soil, which is doing some pretty exciting things. Yes, recycling can be exciting, believe it or not. 

Hey, I was surprised, too. 

September events at Blandford Nature Center

September events at Blandford Nature Center

Story Time Hike: All About Harvest
Sept 6, 2012, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

A very fun time for little ones and their family. We begin this program with a season story and a short craft. The rest of the program will be spent on the trails looking for objects or characters from the book. This month is all about harvesting from the garden.  Appropriate for children up to 7 years of age.

Overwinter Your Harvest: Root Cellaring at Home
Sept 8, 2012, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This program will address how to best store your garden abundance, especially those root crops. Tips will also be given on how to put your garden to bed for maximum crop production the next year. Appropriate for adults and children ages 12 and up.

Youth Archery Workshop
Sept 15, 2012, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Green Gala 2012

Green Gala 2012

From: www.friendsofgrparks.org

The Green Gala is a one of a kind fundraiser event for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to advance our mission to protect, enhance and expand parks and public spaces in the city.

Urban Forest Project aims to map city trees and show their value

Urban Forest Project aims to map city trees and show their value

by Heidi Stukkie

That large tree in your yard is worth some money. Next time you’re raking leaves, try to remember that.

More than 1.5 million trees exist within the Grand Rapids city limits. Each of these trees provides value to our community and thanks to the new Urban Forest Project, that value can now be measured in dollars.