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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:

Vultures, Coyotes & Mink, Who Knew?

Join us to celebrate Earth Day & 30 years of place-based education and creation care at the Ecosystem Preserve! Thirty years ago, Calvin College set aside 100 acres of campus woods and wetlands as a creation care and study center. In the years since, dozens of faculty and hundreds of students have nurtured and studied the Ecosystem Preserve. Through illustrated stories, Randy and Jeanette will share what the Preserve and its creatures have taught us and how we have been able to share our growing knowledge of this special place with the Calvin community and beyond.

When:               Friday, April 22, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.
Where:              Bunker Interpretive Center
                 Free, no registration required
Presenters:       Randy Van Dragt, Ph.D., Calvin Professor & Ecosystem Preserve Director│Jeanette M. Henderson, Ecosystem Preserve Program Manager
  Following at 4:30 p.m.

All attendees are also invited to a BEHIND THE GATES tour at 5-6 p.m. This is a rare opportunity to take part in a guided hike through the Buiten Wildlife Sanctuary. If you would like to participate, please dress for the weather (tour will be held in light rain), and dress for walking off-trail (long pants and closed-toe shoes are required). We will be walking on moderate slopes and narrow, uneven deer paths where poison ivy, tall grasses and shrubs are prevalent. Tours are open to ages 12 and older; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

This program is sponsored by the Biology, Ecosystem Preserve, and Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies Departments.

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.

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.