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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
2015 MSU Extension Master Naturalist program in both Ottawa and Kent counties.
Registration for the 2014 MSU Extension Master Naturalist program is now closed.
There is a waiting list for the 2015 class if you would like to participate. If interested in being on the 2015 Waiting List, please complete the following registration form for either the Kent or Ottawa County program:
- Kent County Master Naturalist Class 2015 Waiting List brochure and registration form
- Ottawa County Master Naturalist Class 2015 Waiting List brochure and registration form
Being on the waiting list means you will receive the 2015 Master Naturalist brochure and registration materials earlier than the general public (around the beginning of March 2015). If you do not place your name on the 2015 waiting list, you still may register for the program after March 25, 2015.
What is the Master Naturalist Program?
Extension Master Naturalist program is similar to the Extension Master Gardener program only with a focus on conservation and the environment. Master Naturalist program consists of:
- A series of six classes offered on six Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during April through September.
KENT COUNTY Master Naturalist Program consists of the following classes:
- Overview of Conservation Theory and Practice
- Woodland Wildflowers
- Native Trees and Shrubs
- Michigan Wetland Habitats
- Invasive Plant Species
- Prairie Environments
Each class location varies, but all locations are considered nature settings around the Grand Rapids area.
OTTAWA COUNTY Master Naturalist Program consists of the following classes:
- Overview to Conservation Theory and Practice
- Native Plants & Woodland Wildflowers
- Native Trees and Shrubs
- Lakes & Rivers
- Invasive Plant Species
- Dune Ecology
Each class location varies, but all locations are Ottawa County Parks and Open Space properties.
Interested in certification as a Master Naturalist?
- Complete 25 hours of education (six classes)
- Complete 30 hours of volunteering in an approved conservation setting
- Pass a take home final exam
2015 Master Naturalist Supplemental Classes
These classes do not cover the same material as offered in the basic Master Naturalist program, but are additional Master Naturalist program topics.
All these classes are open to the public as well as Master Naturalists.
- 2015 Class listing will be updated when the brochure is available.
2014 Master Gardener Volunteer Opportunities
Kent/MSU Extension “Grand Ideas Garden” (GIG)
Project: Hands on work in the GIG - see VMS Calendar for dates and times
Location: Kent/MSU Extension Office, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids
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
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
Creston Business Association
Project: Bio-Retention Island Maintenance on Plainfield Avenue
Assist with development and maintenance of island beds, coordinating efforts of local volunteers.
Location: Plainfield Avenue Islands between Leonard and Ann Street
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
Mecosta County Commission on Aging/Senior Center
Project: Senior Center beautification - overseeing volunteers to manage herb and perennials beds. Possibly once a week or as needed.Location: 12954 - 80th Avenue, Mecosta
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
Saugatuck-Douglas District Library
Project: Reader’s Garden maintenance
Oversee and actively engage volunteers in maintenance of mature garden.
Location: 10 Mixer Street, Douglas, MI
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
Visit Rebecca Finneran’s blog at MyFavoriteGardenShops.com
We are pleased to announce that online registration for the 2014 Fall Master Gardener class is now closed.
- The 2015 Master Gardener Class information will be updated when the details are available.
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