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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 2015 class.  If you are interested in being on the 2015 waiting list, please contact Diane Brady at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Educational Opportunities

Master Naturalist

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:

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:

KENT COUNTY Master Naturalist Program consists of the following classes:

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:

Each class location varies, but all locations are Ottawa County Parks and Open Space properties.

Interested in certification as a Master Naturalist?

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

Environmental Education

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.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

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
Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 364-6222

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

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
Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (231) 972-2884

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

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
Contact: Martha Boetcher  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (269) 857-8241

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. 
Location:  Rockford Community Cabin, 220 N. Monroe Street, Rockford
Contact:  Nichol DeMol  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (231) 557-6362
 
DA Blodgett - St. John’s
Project Rain Gardens Rehab - Providing info on the purpose of rain gardens and helping adult men and women learn how to care for these gardens.
Need 2-3 Master Gardeners at least once a week throughout the summer.
Location: 805 Leonard St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Megan Zars  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 361-4121
Holland Community Gardens - food for low-income families
Project:  Provide hands-on instruction and education to community members of all ages.  Emphasis is on explaining the “hows” and “whys” along with ideas and techniques for gardening.
Work Sessions:  April to October on Wednesdays and Saturdays
Location: Holland Community Garden - behind the Macatawa Resource Center at 665 136th St. Holland
Contact:  Barry Anderson  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 399-5117
Pine Rest, Freedom House
Project:  Share information with residents and oversee horticultural activities such as planting and maintain a large outside garden.
Location: Pine Rest Freedom House, 68th St. Cutlerville, MI
Contact: Debbie Albert  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 772-4447
Spectrum Health Continuing Care
Project:  Joy O’Neill Inclusion Garden (JOIG) - Oversee and work with staff, patients and residents to maintain and further develop the JOIG vegetable and flower garden.  Goal is to provide a healing space where gardening activities can be enjoyed from June through October.
Location:  750 Fuller Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Kay Fricano at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 486-3024 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Windmill Island Gardens
Project:  Garden Docent sharing information about flowers, trees, shrubs and native plants.  Assist visitors with plant ID, share an environmental message that stresses the interconnectedness of all living things and the importance of stewardship.
Monday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (three-3 hr. shifts daily)
Location:  1 Lincoln Ave., Holland
Contact:  Vickie Morgan  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 355-1030 or office (616) 355-1030
Windmill Island Gardens
Project:  Native Plants Project - new program to develop a plan to ID and remove invasives on a woodland trail and northeast edge of the island and re-plant with natives.
Timeframe for project depends on plan that is developed.
Location: 1 Lincoln Ave., Holland
Contact:  Vickie Morgan  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  (616) 355-1030 or office (616) 355-1030

Rebecca’s Blog

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Visit Rebecca Finneran’s blog at MyFavoriteGardenShops.com

Master Gardener Links

Master Gardener Class

We are pleased to announce that online registration for the 2014 Fall Master Gardener class is now closed. 

Request for Volunteers

Grand Ideas Garden

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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