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Saul Lake Bog – A Hidden Treasure

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On May 16th the River City Wild Ones met at Saul Lake Bog for a guided tour by the Land Conservancy of West Michigan’s Stewardship Coordinator Justin Heslinga. ?Justin showed the group many of the fascinating features this preserve has to offer. We?began with a walk past the prairie restoration project that began in 2002… Read more »

New Items in the Wild Store

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Check out the new items in our Wild Store. We have added four gardening tools you won’t want to live without. These A. M Leonard Tools are top quality and made in America. RCWO has special low pricing too!

Member Plant Exchange at Saul Lake Bog

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Join us on Monday, May 16th at 6:30 p.m. for a hike at Saul Lake Bog Nature Preserve with?Justin Heslinga, Stewardship Coordinator for the Land Conservancy of West Michigan. This preserve has something for everyone – a prairie restoration project in various stages, border woods, kettle ponds and, of course, the bog itself. Sturdy shoes?and… Read more »

Nature Hike and Garlic Fling – April 29th

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Don’t miss the all-too-brief window of opportunity to enjoy our beautiful Michigan ephemerals on a guided nature hike at the Dolan Natural Area. This trail runs along the Coldwater River and is maintained and owned by the West Michigan Trout Unlimited organization. You will also be doing your part to maintain the beauty as we… Read more »

From Great Lakes and Grand Rivers to RCWO at Roselle Park

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A beautiful spring evening brought a crowd of enthusiasts to the Bunker Interpretive Center on April 18th to hear Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of Ada Parks and Recreation, talk about?our unique Great Lakes ecosystem. Mark discussed the various watersheds along the Grand River as it runs from Jackson north through Lansing,?then?veers sharply to the west in… Read more »

What’s Threatening Michigan Trees?

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People have a special relationship with trees. They evoke memories of picnics on summer days, children swinging from their branches or watching fledglings take the first flight from a favorite perch. Unlike many of our native plants, when trees die, people take notice. Perhaps that’s why the RCWO’s March meeting drew a good crowd to… Read more »

Volunteers Needed at Calvin College Eco Preserve

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Hello Volunteers, Spring is coming and with its arrival comes many opportunities here at the Ecosystem Preserve for you to get your hands dirty! Plant production for the native plant sale is in full swing and our stewardship interns, Michael Messina and Caitlin Strikwerda and I would welcome your help in preparing for the sale…. Read more »

RCWO Help Put Natives Back in Nature

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Kent County Parks launched a native plant initiative at Townsend Park on October 15 and 16, which is to become an annual project called ?Plant Natives in the Park Day?. The kick-off was a huge success and our own River City Wild Ones members provided leadership and knowledge. Over 100 volunteers including Boy Scout groups… Read more »

RCWO Member Wins Third Place in Photo Contest

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Congratulations to?our own?Patricia Pennell for her third place finish in the Pannier Graphics National Photo Contest. Patricia entered this?gorgeous photo of our Native Plant and Pollinator Garden Sign. Thank you to everyone who voted.