NPEG Volunteer Sessions


920 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids

NPEG Work Session:
Thursday, October 12 • 10 am–noon

In case of heavy rain, the scheduled rain date is
Monday, October 16  10 am–noon

Feel free to drop in whenever your time permits.


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!

October is the month many of the plant species in the Native Plant Education Garden (NPEG) are ready to collect seeds. These seeds find many homes; our volunteers take some as a perk for helping maintain the garden, some are packaged up and labeled for our chapter’s November member meeting and seed swap, some go to local library seed exchanges or schools, and some go to local native plant growers who need local genotype seed. So, our garden is a “giving garden” in many ways!
During this time of year, we also spend some time adding new species or removing extra volunteer plants, so bring some empty pots to take a few of those home.

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.