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Education Programs: Adults

Together with our partners, the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve advocates for good stewardship of our natural ecology through restoration and education. We are pleased to host the following programs:

Gardening For Nature: Creating Sustainable Landscapes for Home, School & Business

When:           Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sponsor:       Ecosystem Preserve & West Michigan Cluster of the Stewardship Network
Where:          Bunker Interpretive Center
Cost:             Stewardship Network members $35, Non-members $45. Includes a mobile workshop, lunch and refreshments.
Registration:  Pre-registration is required by June 4, as space is limited to 60 participants.

Who should attend? Home owners, educators, and grounds managers interested in using native plant species to develop urban habitats.

About the conference: This event outlines the principles and techniques involved in creating sustainable landscapes for the home garden, school outdoor learning lab, or business property. Landscaping with native plant species is shown to improve biodiversity, reduce water and chemical use, lower maintenance costs, and provide place-based learning experiences for all ages.

Presentations include:
"Elements of a Habitat Garden", by Mark Fitzpatrick (Director of Ada Township Parks & Recreation Department)
"Growing Native Plants, America’s Roots In Your Garden", by Steve Keto (Natural Areas & Preserves Manager, WMU)
"Best Native Plants for Your Habitat Garden and Where to Get Them", by Melanie Manion (Natural Resources Management Supervisor)
"Using Native Plants in the Curriculum", by Michelle Serreyn (Interpreter, Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center)

See the Gardening for Nature flyer for more details on presentations, speakers and schedule.

River City Wild Ones

River City Wild Ones programs are held here at the preserve. Newcomers with an interest in native plants are always welcome to attend.

Marywood Prairie Habitat

When:           Monday, April 14, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Sponsor:       River City Wild Ones
Where:          Bunker Interpretive Center
More details to come.

Grand Rapids Urban Forest Initiative

When:           Monday, April 21, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Sponsor:       River City Wild Ones
Where:          Bunker Interpretive Center
More details to come.