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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 a brick by downloading the brick order form. Inscribed bricks are available in two sizes:

  • $50 - 4” x 8” (up to three lines, 13 characters each line)
  • $100 - 8” x 8” (no logo, up to 78 characters, up to three lines, 13 characters each line)

Master Gardener Program - This 2017 class will be held on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kent County MSU Extension Office, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 running from late August to early Dec. 2017. The cost includes the 1,000 page training manual. The cost is yet to be determined.

If you have questions or would like to be placed on the 2017 waiting list, please contact Cindy Quinzy, the West Michigan Master Gardener Program Facilitator at 616-632-7880 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We hope you can be a part of this wonderful training in Fall 2017!

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Master Naturalist

The MSU Extension Master Naturalist programs in Ottawa and Kent Counties are full for 2017

There is a waiting list for the 2018 Master Naturalist program if you would like to participate.  If interested in being on the 2018 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 2018 Master Naturalist brochure and registration materials earlier than the general public (around February 1st). If you do not place your name on the 2018 waiting list, then you may register for the Master Naturalist program after March 1 provided there are openings.

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. The 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
  • Native Plants and Woodland Wildflowers
  • Native Trees and Shrubs
  • Michigan Wetland Habitats
  • Prairie Environments
  • Invasive Plant Species

Each class location varies, but all locations are considered nature setttings around the Grand Rapids area.

OTTAWA COUNTY Master Naturalist Program consists of the following classes:

  • Overview of Conservation Theory and Practice
  • Native Plants and Woodland Wildflowers
  • Native Trees and Shrubs
  • Lakes and Rivers
  • Invasive Plant Species
  • Dunes

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

If you have any questions regarding the Master Naturalist program, please contact Ginny Wanty at 616-632-7873 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Volunteer opportunities:

Master Gardener Volunteer Opportunities

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

 

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Master Gardener Class

This 2017 class will be held on Tuesdays from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kent County MSU Extension office, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49503 running from late August to early December 2017.  The cost includes the 1,000 page training manual.  The cost has yet to be determined.

If you have questions or would like to be placed on the 2017 waiting list, please contact Cindy Quinzy, the West Michigan Master Gardener Program Facilitator at (616) 632-7880 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  We hope you can be a part of this wonderful training in Fall 2017!

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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