Event Calendar

Welcome to the Stewardship Network's Searchable Events Calendar! Across the Great Lakes, hundreds of groups offer opportunities to lean about and care for our natural lands and waters. We are constantly adding new events to this calendar. Katy, a local volunteer says, "This is one of the easiest databases to enter events that I use for my organization."

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Events

Starting an Urban Apiary

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 19:30
"Starting an Urban Apiary" speaker program is being held on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington). Bees play a critical ecosystem service function in that they pollinate many of our crops, thereby increasing our production of food. From spring through fall, dozens, if not hundreds, of bees can be seen daily at the University of Michigan Dearborn's Environmental Interpretive Center's rain gardens and it's Community Organic Garden. What visitors might not realize is that the Center is home to a small number of managed beehives on its grounds. University of Michigan-Dearborn students can take part in all of the activities involved in urban beekeeping, including hive start-ups, seasonal hive maintenance, and the annual harvest of honey in late summer. Come learn about the University of Michigan Dearborn's Environmental Interpretive Center's urban apiary (bee keeping) from Dr. David Susko, Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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Native Gardening Series - Western Lake Erie Cluster

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00, Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00, Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 18:00 to 20:00

This workshop discusses utilizing native plants in your yard to add a great deal of beauty as well as help the environment. Participants will learn how to plan well for the easiest installation; about all the wonderful choices when it comes to native plants; how rainwater gardening can be beautiful, ecological, and economical; and what maintenance you will need to plan for and how to keep your new gardens beautiful! Please join us for any and all sections of the three-part workshop.

This session will be led by Drew Lathin. Drew is the General Manager of Creating Sustainable Landscapes. He is a sustainable landscapes consultant who is creating ecologically restorative urban and suburban landscapes. As an outspoken critic of onventional landscaping practices which destroy habitat, result in species extinction, and threaten the biodiversity upon which humanity and all life depends, Drew utilizes native plants in his beautifully installed landscapes that supports wildlife, and reduces or eliminates resource inputs such as pesticides and supplemental water.

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Report IN Training

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 10:00 to 14:00
The Lakes Country Cluster will host a free public workshop on how to use Report IN and how to identify invasive plants on October 3 at the Pokagon State Park Nature Center. Conservancy. The more reports we get, the better handle we will have on which invasives are where - and where they are not. Your reports will help stewardship groups focus resources where they are needed most. **Note: Please bring your lunch to this event.

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Stewardship Workday at Greenview Nature Area

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 09:00 to 12:00
Greenview Nature Area is home to many beautiful native trees, a meadow, a pond, and even wetlands! Come on out to work together with NAP, neighbors, the Friends of Greenview, and Ann Arbor Public Schools! We will spread woodchips on trails and cut and remove invasive shrubs, so the native plants have a chance to thrive. Visit www.friendsofgreenview.org for more information about all of the great restoration work that is happening at Greenview. Meet at the Greenview Nature Area sign, on Greenview Drive across from Barnard Road. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. This event is suitable for all ages but minors must be accompanied by a guardian or contact NAP in advance to obtain a release form. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided. For more information, contact nap@a2gov.org

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Stewardship Work Day

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 09:00 to 12:00

Join us to help with trail maintenance, our prairie restorarion project, festival grounds preparation and more! Meet our stewardship team leaders and coordinators at the Visitor Center at 9:00am to head out to the field. Please let our Volunteer Coordinator, Jenny Mensch, know if you are interested in volunteering at any of these upcoming events. You can email: volunteer@mynaturecenter.org or call: 517-483-4224.

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Fall Color

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:00
"Fall Color" is being held at Cummingston on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 beginning at 10:00 am. Park and meet at Leafdale & Torquay. This is the most beautiful time to take a look at our nature study areas.

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Waterloo Recreation Area volunteer work site

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:00 to 13:00
Help us cut scattered, outlier glossy buckthorn plants to keep them from taking over in this rare wetland; the native flora and fauna will thank us. The plan is to trek farther than normal so we can cut areas we haven't worked in yet. Please arrive on time so we can get a prompt start and cover lots of ground. Meet at the small parking lot on the southeast corner of Glenn and Mt. Hope Roads in Grass Lake Charter Township. ***Waterproof boots, either knee-high rubber boots or hip waders, are recommended for this site. Rubber boots are available to borrow, upon request; first come first served (please specify size). For more information, contact malvtizl@michigan.gov.

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Autumn Olive Removal Workday

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:00 to 12:00
Workday runs from 10am to Noon. Meet at the Park Office at the Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township, MI. Join the fight against the invasives! We will be working to remove shrubs from high quality natural areas within Stony Creek Metropark to help the native plants recover. All necessary tools and equipment, as well as water and snacks, will be provided by the Metroparks. Please be sure to dress for working outdoors (long pants, closed-toe shoes, rain gear, etc.). We do have work gloves, but if you have a favorite pair of work/gardening gloves, bring them! To register for workdays or for more information, contact Andy Swift at andy.swift@metroparks.com or 810-494-6053.

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Stewardship Workday at Leslie Woods Nature Area

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 13:00 to 16:00
1 to 4 p.m. This oak-hickory woodland has some of the largest trees found in Ann Arbor parks! Join us in removing invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle to give native plants a chance to thrive. Meet at the north end of Upland Drive, just north of Plymouth Road in Ann Arbor, MI. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. All minors must present a completed release form, and should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided. For more information, contact nap@a2gov.org

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Stewardship Workday at Brower Lake Preserve

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 09:00 to 12:00
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Location: Brower Lake Nature Preserve, near Rockford. Honeysuckle, autumn olive, and other invasive species are starting to gain a foothold at Brower Lake. Help keep our forests healthy, and join us as we remove invasive shrubs from the forest edge. Tools, work gloves, water, and snacks will be provided. Participants should wear appropriate clothing for outdoor work, including long pants and sturdy shoes. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Visit website for registration information and to learn more.

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