Volunteer Schedule

Volunteer in our Native Plant Education Garden!

Location: 920 Cherry St, Grand Rapids (free parking in large lot on left side of building)


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), We need your help in keeping this important native plant demonstration site active and inviting!


Our first garden session for 2022 will be
Wednesday, April 13 at 10 AM.

In the event of heavy rain, we will meet the following day, Thursday, April 14 at 10 AM.

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

Sessions never last more than two hours and will happen on different days of the week, but generally are held in the morning hours when it is normally cooler.

Tasks may include pruning back old growth, weed removal, spreading mulch on pathways, adding plant labels, staking tall plants, transplanting some species and planting new species (we have over 80 different species now!) Often there are small native volunteer plants that need a good home so bring containers to take some of these back to your own gardens!

There is a restroom on site and free parking behind the garden adjacent to the large building and behind The Green Well Restaurant.

The sessions are led by Garden Co-Chairs Amy Heilman and Karyn Detmer and they are always happy to answer your questions or provide advice. There are various jobs for every skill level and capability so do not be shy, plan to lend a hand when you can and join in the fun!

Questions? Email: [email protected]


Native Plant Education Garden (NPEG) •  920 Cherry St SE  (located in front of the Monarch Investment & Management Group building, once the site of the historic D.A. Blodgett Children’s Hospital).

This urban garden contains over 80 different plant species and is in its 10th year of existence. This is a wonderful spot to learn to Identify different plants, develop planting and maintenance techniques you can use in your own garden and to socialize with  Wild Ones River City members. We have fun and learn at the same time! It is very important that we continue our monthly garden-care sessions to keep the native beds looking their best! You do not need to be a member to participate. Dates and times will vary each month to encourage participation. Sign up for our chapter’s monthly e-newsletter to learn the scheduled dates.


Read the history of our Native Plant Education Garden.