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February 2023

Feb
20

Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan

Monday, February 20th, 2023
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Will be Recorded Public Welcome Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation

ZOOM presentation by Barb Barton, Author

In her presentation "Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan", Barb Barton will introduce us to the history, culture, biology, economics, and spirituality surrounding this sacred plant. She begins her story in the days before European colonization and travels in time through the logging and industrialization eras. Barton explores the worlds of the Anishinaabek and the colonizers as she contrasts their different perspectives and relationships with Manoomin. The audience also learns about Michigan’s historic wild rice beds, why many of them vanished, and how both tribal and nontribal people have sought to restore and protect Manoomin across the landscape. Attendees will also learn how Manoomin is harvested and processed. As one reviewer has noted, this book “makes me want to paddle the backwaters of Michigan’s rivers and lakes, searching for lost stands of this amazing grass.”

Registration Link TBA

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March 2023

Mar
20

Learn the Basics of Creating a Native Plant Garden

Monday, March 20th, 2023
to (Eastern Time)
Online/Virtual

Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation

Presented by Martha (Marty) MacCleery, Wild Ones River City Chapter Education Chair on Zoom.

Zoom link TBA

Format based on WO National’s initiative Creating Your Own Native Garden Design, a Guide to Creating Beautiful Home Landscapes: https://nativegardendesigns.wildones.org/

PART I:    Why Choose Native Plants?
PART II:   How to Create Your Garden Plan.
PART III:  How to Work Your Plan (one phase at a time).
PART IV:  How to Keep It Beautiful (work smarter, not harder). 

May 2023

May
15

Spring Wildflowers and Flower Photography

Monday, May 15th, 2023
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Aman Park, 1859 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Family Friendly Chapter Meeting Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Presented by Craig Elston, Naturalist/Photographer, CDE Nature

Address is actually 0-1859 Lake Michigan Dr. NW as it is in Ottawa County.

This program will be a combination wildflower hike and flower photography lesson. We will look at and learn about the flowers in bloom and receive tips and instruction on taking better flower photos. The first half will cover the shorter, upper loop trail that is mostly level ground. For those interested in going further, we will proceed to where the Virginia bluebells and trillium are growing and will practice photographing them.

June 2023

Jun
19

Michigan Wildflower Farm Tour

Monday, June 19th, 2023
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Michigan Wildflower Farm, 11770 Cutler Rd, Portland, MI, 48875 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Group Tour Lots of Physical Activity

Learn all about the operation of a wildflower seed farm while walking the seed production fields. We'll frequently stop to discuss farm operations and  how our seeds are used in landscapes.

Dress for the weather and for walking. Bring camera and notepad/pen if desired.

August 2023

Aug
21

Supporting native bees in your backyard!

Monday, August 21st, 2023
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Bunker Interpretive Center, Calvin University, 1750 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49546 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Presented by Jenna Walters, PhD Candidate, Michigan State University

Michigan is home to over 467 species of wild bees, making our state an incredible oasis of diversity and wildlife. However, many of these bees need our help in order to persist and thrive for years to come. Join us as we take a look at some of the native bees you might find in your own backyard and explore the ways you can help save the bees!

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September 2023

Sep
18

Native Prairie Restoration at Kent County Parks

Monday, September 18th, 2023
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Millennium Park, 1415 Maynard Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49534 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Nature Walk/Hike Public Restroom Free Public Parking Lots of Physical Activity

Presented by Ginny Sines, Volunteer Services Coordinator, Kent County Parks

This program will include a short history of native prairie habitats, why they are an important part of a ecosystem and how Kent County Parks Department is supporting Native Prairie areas at multiple County park sites. The program will also include a prairie species ID walk and native prairie seed harvesting workshop. Attendees will learn to ID some of the common native prairie grasses and forbs and will have the opportunity to participate in a seed harvesting activity. We will be collecting seeds to bring home and will hear a short presentation at one of the pavillions about how to overwinter seeds.

October 2023

Oct
16

Medicinal Botany: Exploring traditional ecological knowledge and western laboratory science

Monday, October 16th, 2023
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Bunker Interpretive Center, Calvin University, 1750 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525 Map

Public Welcome Free Event Chapter Meeting Program/Speaker Presentation Wheelchair Accessible Public Restroom Free Public Parking Drinking Fountains

Presented by Madison (Maisie) Wiler

Four out of five FDA-approved medicines are derived from plant compounds. Even so, scientists believe that nature's pharmaceutical value is largely unexplored—but many scientists seeking to develop new medicines fail to consult with indigenous nations, whose traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) encompasses medicines unknown or unused in western pharmacology. This presentation will explore traditional medicines, their uses, and will provide an evidentiary basis for their efficacy with comparisons to western laboratory science. Additionally, we will discuss the issue of exploitation of Indigenous nations by pharmaceutical companies.