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Support the Grand Ideas Garden with a Brick Donation (Brick Order Form)
If you are interested in supporting the Grand Ideas Garden, you can order them by downloading the brick order form. Inscribed bricks are available in two sizes:
$50 - 4"x8” (up to three lines, 13 characters each line)
$100 - 8"x8” (No Logo, up to 78 characters, up to three lines, 13 characters each line

Master Gardener Program - Find out more about this program on the Master Gardener website.  Stay tuned for further information about dates, time and location for the fall 2014 class.  If you are interested in being on the 2014 waiting list, please contact Diane Brady at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Educational Opportunities

Master Naturalist

2014 MSU Extension Master Naturalist program in both Ottawa and Kent counties.

If you are interested in the Master Naturalist program in Kent or Ottawa counties, please ask to be placed on the 2014 Master Naturalist Waiting List. (Two of the class topics in Kent County Master Naturalist program are different than two of the class topics offered in the Ottawa County Master Naturalist program.)

In case you are not familiar with the Kent/MSU Extension Master Naturalist program, it is similar to the Master Gardener program only with a focus on conservation and the environment. To earn Master Naturalist certification, participants must attend 25 hours of education (six classes), complete 30 hours of volunteering in an approved conservation setting and then pass a take home final exam.

The Master Naturalist program is composed of a series of six classes which are offered on six different Saturday mornings. (In 2013, the classes were offered once a month from April through September.) The 2014 classes will be offered on Saturday mornings from 8:00-12:30 PM, but the actual dates have not been determined.

The titles of the six classes in Kent County are as follows: Overview to Conservation Theory and Practice, Woodland Wildflowers, Native Trees and Shrubs, Michigan Wetland Habitats, Invasive Plant Species and Prairie Environments. The six locations vary, but all locations are considered nature settings around the Grand Rapids area.

The titles of the six classes in Ottawa County are as follows: Overview to Conservation Theory and Practice, Native Plants &Woodland Wildflowers, Native Trees and Shrubs, Lakes & Rivers, Invasive Plant Species and Dune Ecology. The six locations vary, but all locations are Ottawa County Parks and Open Space properties.

In 2014, the1st class in both programs will be held on Saturday, April 12 due to the fact Easter is on April 20, 2014.

If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the 2014 Master Naturalist program in either Kent or Ottawa Counties, then download the correct 2014 Waiting list registration form. Fill out the form and mail it back to Ginny Wanty at 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Once placed on the waiting list, you will receive the 2014 Master Naturalist brochure and registration materials earlier than the general public (around the beginning of March.)

For those individuals not on the 2014 Master Naturalist Waiting list, details and registration materials for the 2014 Master Naturalist program will be available to the general public after March 25, 2014.

If you have questions regarding the Master Naturalist program, please contact Ginny Wanty at 616-336-3108 or at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Prairie Class Handouts

Volunteer Opportunities

2014 Master Gardener Volunteer Opportunities

Kent/MSU Extension “Grand Ideas Garden” (GIG) 

Project:  Hands on work in the GIG

Location: Kent/MSU Extension Office, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids

Contact:  Daniel Davis .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (616) 813-5659

GRAND RAPIDS DOWNTOWN MARKET

Project: Staff the MSUE kiosk on Saturday mornings to answer questions about Smart Gardening

Mornings April 26 through the end of June and Thursday evenings in June.

Volunteers will need to attend a Smart Gardening training and orientation.

Location: 435 Ionia Avenue SW, Grand Rapids

Contact:  Marcia Lucas .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (616) 336-7734

Baxter Community Center

Project:  Garden Mentors for Neighborhood Garden Program

Master Gardener is paired with a gardener and will visit the garden 1-2 times per month during the growing season

Answer questions and provide information as needed

Location:  Baxter CC, 935 Baxter Street, Grand Rapids

Contact:  Anna Johnson .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (616) 456-8593

Caledonia United Methodist Church

Project:  Offering assistance and information on construction and planting of raised vegetable/flower beds for community garden (work with two co-leaders on this project April-October)

Would like one Master Gardener to attend monthly planning meetings and 1-2 to oversee weekly gardening activities.

Location: 250 Vine Street, Caledonia

Contact:  David Benjamin .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 206-9272 or Pat Schenk .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 891-9020

Hudsonville Farmers Co-op

Project:  Answering questions for the public, 1 day a week

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  June-September

Location:  3302 Prospect, Hudsonville

Contact:  Gina Compagner  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 662-3411

Porter Hills Village

Project: Gardening Project to assist with raised bed maintenance

Master Gardener will work with residents with garden creation, maintenance and food production.

Location:  3600 E. Fulton Street, Grand Rapids

Contact:  Ana Galloway  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 954-1799, Ext. 10233

South End Community Outreach Ministries

Project:  Pantry Garden Enhancement and Education - working with SECOM Staff and garden intern to increase garden output.  April 1-October 31

Location:  1545 Buchanan SW, Grand Rapids
Contact:  Stefanie Hosford  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 452-7803
   
Trout Unlimited - Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative Project
Project:  Stream insect monitoring in the spring and fall each year to determine quality of cold water streams in the Rogue River Watershed near Rockford, Michigan.  Educate public about quality of local streams
Two days per year.  First date is April 12, 2014  9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location:  Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe Street, Rockford
Contact:  Nichol DeMol  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (231) 557-6362
Garlic Mustard Pulls - various times and locations
April-June 2014  See flyer for more information (flyer)
 

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Master Gardener Links

Master Gardener Registration

The next Master Gardener class offered in the W. MI area will be in the fall of 2014

Stay tuned to this website for class dates, time and location.

Request for Volunteers

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Volunteer Sessions in the GIG

If you would like to visit the Grand Ideas Garden you may use one of the following links for a map.
775 Ball Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503