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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Wild Ones River City Chapter
2021 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.

Download 2021 WORC Programs pdf

February 15  Botanical Quest: Documenting Michigan’s Rare Native Flora Through Photography
Presented by Craig Elston, CDE Nature, Naturalist – City of Hudsonville, President of White Pine Chapter – Michigan Botanical Club, 2nd Vice President of Wildflower Association of Michigan.
ZOOM Webinar

March 15  For the Birds: Fostering Backyard Habitats to Attract Birds 
Presented by Curtis Dykstra, Parks Naturalist at Ottawa County Parks and Recreation, Expert Birder.
ZOOM Webinar

April 19  Native Garden Design
Presented by Landscape Designers:
– Amy Heilman, Owner, The Living Garden
– Rebecca Marquardt, Owner, Revery
ZOOM Webinar

May 17 – Cultivating our Schoolyards as Habitats to Grow Scholars Who Will Become Stewards
Presented by Sally Triant, Grow Wise Learning
Children today are spending less time outdoors than ever before; while at the same time our diminishing wild spaces are calling to be protected and preserved. How can our young citizens be inspired to care for something they do not have a relationship with? The solution to creating the next generation of stewards may be hidden in plain sight in every schoolyard in our community. By developing schoolyard habitats and inviting them into the curriculum educators can reconnect their classrooms to the natural world while allowing the local environment to serve as the foundation for meaningful learning. Additionally, schoolyards offer incredible opportunities for the community to work together to aid in the restoration of vital wildlife habitat while at the same time encouraging the next generation of environmentalists. This program aims to inform you of work being done to support local learning in our community and to encourage you to look to our schoolyards as wild spaces full of growth potential!
ZOOM Webinar

June 21- 6:00 pm 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, 801 Bristol Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

July 19 – Wild Ones River City Chapter 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. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

September 20 – Stewardship, Community Engagement and Volunteerism 
Presented by:
– Justin Helsinga, Stewardship Director, Land Conservancy of West Michigan
– David Marquardt, Director, Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation
– Ginny Sines, Volunteer Coordinator, Kent County Parks Department
– 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 – Soil—The Hidden Secrets Beneath Your Feet
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

November 15 – WORC Annual Meeting/Potluck 
Location: TBA

More program information will be forthcoming.