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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:

Kent Conservation District

Kent Conservation offers voluntary programs to private landowners to protect and enhance the natural resources of Kent County.

Herbicide Workshop

Applicators, land managers and contractors are invited to review the risks and benefits of herbicide use as a tool in the control of invasive species. Participants will review best management practices and role-play treatment scenarios. Topics include: roadside inspections, new regulations, strike team & contractor need-to-know facts, and early detection invasive species identification.

When:          Friday, March 31, 2017 at 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where:         Bunker Interpretive Center
Cost:            $30, lunch will be provided for an additional $5
Sponsor:     Kent Conservation District
Instructor:
  Scott King, State Inspector│John Stone, MSU Pesticide Inspector
RSVP:           administrator@kentconservation.org or (616) 942-4111 ext. 4

Walk-ins are welcome. Earn CEUs. If you prefer to not purchase lunch, feel free to bring a bag lunch.

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.

Kent County & Michigan Trails

When:          Monday, February 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor:     River City Wild Ones
Where:         Bunker Interpretive Center
Presenters:   Ginny Sines, Volunteer Services Coordinator with Kent County Parks│Jim Bradley, Vice President for West Michigan Chapter of the North Country Trail Association

The Michigan Dune Alliance - Restoring Eastern Lake Michigan Coastal Ecosystems

When:          Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor:     River City Wild Ones
Where:         Bunker Interpretive Center
Presenter:   Shaun Howard, Nature Conservancy

Biological Control of Invasive Plants

When:          Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor:     River City Wild Ones
Where:         Bunker Interpretive Center
Presenters:   Dr. Doug Landis, Professor of Entomology at Michigan State University

Vultures, Coyotes & Mink - Who Knew? A Spring Walk Through the Ecosystem Preserve

When:          Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor:     River City Wild Ones
Where:         Bunker Interpretive Center
Presenters:   Jeanette Henderson, Program Manager for Ecosystem Preserve

Go behind the scenes to learn about the animals and plants who call this urban preserve home and the people who study and care for them. Discover how you can get involved with our new native demonstration garden project. This indoor/ourdoor program will involve walking and standing for long periods of time. Program will be adapted and offered inside in inclement weather.