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.
- March 15 – Improving Habitat to Help Birds
Presented by Curtis Dykstra, Parks Naturalist at Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, Expert Birder.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
– 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.
- November 15 – WORC Annual Meeting/Potluck
More program information will be forthcoming in 2021.