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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:

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.

Going Native at Sparta Schools: Challenges & Rewards

When:           Monday, February 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor:       River City Wild Ones
Where:           Bunker Interpretive Center
Presenter:   Sue Blackall, Educator at Sparta Elementary School and RCWO “Plant It Forward” Grant Recipient

Come out and learn more about what your River City Wild Ones are doing in the surrounding communities to Plant It Forward. Sue Blackall will outline the incredible teamwork and passion that is behind the transformation of several Sparta school sites, and how the students are benefiting from their native surroundings. This story is sure to inspire you!

Asian Longhorned Beetle to Oak Wilt: What's Threatening Our Trees?

When:           Monday, March 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor:       River City Wild Ones
Where:           Bunker Interpretive Center
Presenters:   Lee Mueller, community forester and business developer with Davey Resource Group│Bill Brown, Certified Arborist with ArborPro│Vic Foerster, Consulting Arborist with West Michigan Tree Services

Invasive pests and diseases – from the emerald ash borer and the asian longhorned beetle, to beech bark disease and oak wilt – pose a growing threat to our trees. Learn about how to recognize them, why they are having significant environmental, economic and quality of life impacts, and what you can do to stop their spread.

Local Initiatives on the Grand River

When:          Monday, April 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Sponsor:     River City Wild Ones
Where:         Bunker Interpretive Center
Presenter:    Mark Fitzpatrick, Director of Ada Township Parks and Recreation Department

Mark Fitzpatrick, fellow member of the River City Wild Ones, will provide a presentation about local initiatives on the Grand River and how they interface with watershed based goals. Brief updates will be given on the management sections defined for the Grand River, river shore and land preservation initiatives in the Lower Grand, rapids restoration in Grand Rapids, the Grand River Water Trail initiative, and regional education programs. Mark will also provide an update on the new resource building constructed at Ada Township’s Roselle Park and the partnership with RCWO.