2021 Programs

Programs (unless otherwise specified) are held on the third Monday of the month,
February through November.

Programs open to all • free of charge

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2021 WORC Program Schedule

Programs start at 6:30 pm, with exception of the June 21 GIS Bus Tour which starts at 6:00 pm. Times and locations are subject to change. 

  • February 15  Prairies of Southwest Michigan: Flora & Fauna 
    Presented by Craig Elston, Naturalist, CDE Nature and President of the White Pine Chapter of the Michigan Botanical Club.
    Location: TBA
  • March 15  Improving Habitat to Help Birds 
    Presented by Curtis Dykstra, Parks Naturalist at Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, Expert Birder.
    Location: TBA
  • April 19  Understanding Site Conditions & Plant Selection: How a Landscape Designer Goes About Designing an Ecologically Focused Landscape 
    Presented by Landscape Designers:
    – Amy Heilman, The Living Garden
    – Rebecca Marquardt, Revery
    Location: TBA
  • May 17 – Got Soil: The Down and Dirty Details 
    Presented by Dr. Jerry Miller, Professor of Agronomy, Iowa State University Extension Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Board President of Kent Conservation District.
    Location:TBA
  • June 21- Green Infrastructure (GIS) Bus Tour 
    Presented by the Lower Grand Rapids (LGROW) staff. GIS examples in Grand Rapids bus tour may include a green roof, a rain garden, a bioswale, pervious pavement, stormwater reuse as well as a living wall.
    Location:Meet and park at West Catholic High School
  • July 19 – WORC Annual Native Plant Sale
    Location:TBA
  • August 16 – Invasive Species Action: Best Practices to Protect Michigan’s Native Flora & Fauna From Intruders 
    Presented by Jesse Schulte, Director, Kent Conservation District.
    Location:Greenwood Cemetery, 1401 Leonard St., Grand Rapids
  • September 20 – Stewardship, Community Engagement and Volunteerism 
    Presented by:
    – Justin Helsinga, Stewardship Director, Land Conservancy of West Michigan
    – Ginny Sines, Volunteer Coordinator, Kent County Parks Department
    – David Marquardt, Director, Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation
    – Ginny Wanty, MSU Extension Master Naturalist Coordinator (retired)
    Also involved: Jessie Schulte, Jason Goggins and Friends of GR Parks staff
    Locations: Indian Trails Golf Course Club House and Ken-O-Sha Park
  • October 18 – Connecting to Place Through Phenology Journaling 
    Presented by Sally Triant of Grow Wise Learning and Georgia Donovan, artist.
    Location:TBA
  • November 15 – WORC Annual Meeting/Potluck 
    Location:TBA

More program information will be forthcoming in 2021.