NPEG Volunteer Sessions


920 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids

NPEG Work Sessions are over for 2023.
Check back in the Spring 2024!

Do you enjoy creating or maintaining inspirational outdoor spaces? Would you like to improve our urban and suburban environments? Come join us for any or all of these important hands-on garden work sessions. Learn about some of the important tasks in maintaining an urban prairie or install new native plants in our Native Plant Education Garden (NPEG) 920 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids. These garden work sessions are a perfect place to learn about planting, identifying and caring for native plants. Whether you are an experienced gardener or just beginning your education, this is the place to learn, laugh and get to know other Wild Ones members. We need your help in keeping this important native plant demonstration site active and inviting!

Many tools are provided, but if you have them, please bring: Garden Gloves • Hand pruners • Shovel or rake Trowel • Kneeling Pad • Drinking Water • Containers to bring home free plants!

There is a restroom on site, benches in the shade for resting and free parking adjacent to the large building, behind The Green Well Gastro Pub.

The sessions are led by Garden Chair Amy Heilman and she is always happy to answer your questions or provide advice. There are various jobs for every skill level and capability so don’t be shy, plan to lend a hand when you can and join in the fun!

Questions? Email: [email protected]

Read the history of our Native Plant Education Garden.

November 2023 volunteers L–R: Karen Streitel, Joyce Tuharsky, Ann Nowak, Karyn Detmer-Babbitt, Elise Roe.
October 2023 NPEG volunteers: L–R: Karen Streitel, Gretchen Zuiderveen, Amy Heilman, Kathy Stevens, Chris Smith, Margaret Dietrich, Sandy Bergh, Linda Bowman, Karen Detmer-Babbitt. Photo by Linda Gary.

Gretchen Zuiderveen collecting prairie dock seed. Photo by Amy Heilman.
Kathy Stevens in the garden. Photo by Amy Heilman.
Linda Bowman collecting seed. Photo by Amy Heilman.