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My Town: Student Great Lakes protection projects on display May 14

My Town: Student Great Lakes protection projects on display May 14

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  High School students from six area districts will showcase their efforts to protect the Grand River watershed and the Great Lakes during the Groundswell Student Showcase May 14.

Grand Valley State University is showcasing the exhibit, which provides hands-on environmental learning for students throughout Kent County.  The projects will be on display on the big screen and in the Beacon Lobby at Celebration Cinema North in Grand Rapids.

My Town: West Catholic greenhouse takes shape

My Town: West Catholic greenhouse takes shape

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— Construction is underway on a greenhouse designed by pre-engineering students at West Catholic High School.

The students raised more than $8,000 for the greenhouse, which they will design and build right outside the school.  In a photo posted on West Catholic High School’s Facebook page on May 6, you can see the students putting up the walls.

My Town Walker: Learn how to live off the land during May 15 workshop

My Town Walker: Learn how to live off the land during May 15 workshop

WALKER, Mich.—Learn how to live off the land more efficiently by attending the Spring Wild Edibles workshop at Blandford Nature Center next month.

On Thursday, May 15, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a Blandford naturalist will walk participants through Blandford’s forest to show them how plants have been used for sustenance for centuries.  Visitors will also get a chance to sample some of this season’s wild greens.

The workshop is $3 for members and $6 for non-members. Registration is required.  To sign up, call (616) 735-6240.

My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is joining a nationwide campaign to pull 300,000 pounds of garlic mustard this Sunday.

The Stewardship Network Garlic Mustard Pull will be April 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Volunteers are invited to come to Blandford and do their part.

Participants should meet in the green learning lab, located across the parking lot from the main visitor center.  Blandford workers will first share information about identifying Garlic Mustard and other invasive plants before heading into the forest to start pulling the leafy invader.

Volunteers should come dressed in warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty.  This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.

My Town: Great Cloth Diaper Change record attempt April 26

My Town: Great Cloth Diaper Change record attempt April 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—West Michigan parents will try to set a new diaper world record this weekend.

The Great Cloth Diaper Change starts at 11 a.m. on April 26 at Cedar Tree Birth and Wellness Center on Cherry Street.  Participating parents will try to break the current Guinness World Record of simultaneous cloth diaper changes- 8,301 diapers changed in 15 countries last year.  This year, 23 countries are expected to take part in the attempt.

This is the fourth year Grand Rapids has taken part in the Great Cloth Diaper Change, which is aimed at raising awareness about the environmental benefits of cloth diapering.  Hop Scotch is teaming up with Grand Rapids-based Smart Bottoms Cloth Diapers to provide additional activities, starting at 10:30 a.m.

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

My Town: IMMER5E museum exhibit to open at Harrison Park School

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of fifth grade students from Harrison Park School is opening its own Grand River exhibit, created in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Teacher Abbie Marr’s students were among the ten classes to participate in this year’s IMMER5E program, which takes children out of the classroom and into the museum for a week of learning.  As a culmination to the program, Marr’s class created their own museum exhibit, which opens at Harrison Park School on April 16.

My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

My Town: Blandford Nature Center joins Garlic Mustard Pull campaign

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is joining a nationwide campaign to pull 300,000 pounds of garlic mustard this spring.

The Stewardship Network Garlic Mustard Pull will be April 27, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Volunteers are invited to come to Blandford and do their part.

Participants should meet in the green learning lab, located across the parking lot from the main visitor center.  Blandford workers will first share information about identifying Garlic Mustard and other invasive plants before heading into the forest to start pulling the leafy invader.

 Volunteers should come dressed in warm clothes and sturdy shoes that could get dirty.  This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required.