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Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit environmental education and
advocacy organization.

    Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization that promotes
    environmentally sound landscaping and the preservation, restoration and establishment of
    native plant communities.

Mission Statement - River City - Grand Rapids Area Chapter

    The River City – Grand Rapids Area Chapter of the national Wild Ones organization was
    established in 2007. Our purpose is to promote the establishment of communities of native
    plants around homes, schools and businesses, using ecological practices. We are dedicated to
    the conservation of biodiversity through preservation and restoration of our natural areas. In
    addition, we support and organize local community efforts to develop natural areas of learning
    through the national Seeds for Education Grant Program and through our chapter’s available
    grant monies - Plant It Forward Grant.

    We are composed of a steadily growing number of citizens that possess varying levels of plant
    and gardening knowledge – from beginner to advanced. We share a common passion and
    concern for the environment and strive to learn from each other and from the diversity of
    informative programs offered each month. Visitors are always welcome to attend the programs
    and field trips; you do not need to be a member to join us as we explore our natural
    environment.  When we learn we take interest, when we take interest we are motivated to take

    We invite you to share our passion for native plants and the desire to preserve the natural world
    around us.

    Joining Wild Ones gives you access to information resources as well as the camaraderie of other
    native plant enthusiasts. A single membership covers both the River City Wild Ones (RCWO -
    our local chapter) and the national organization.

    In addition to our local chapter's monthly newsletter, members receive the Wild Ones New
    Member Handbook and the Wild Ones Journal, a bimonthly publication of the national

    Other membership benefits include participation in any and all Wild Ones chapter activities,
    either locally or across the United States. Examples of such events are seed gatherings, seed
    exchanges, plant rescues, plant sales, speaker presentations, garden tours, conferences, etc.

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Help needed at Bear Creek in Townsend Park:
Your help is needed at Townsend Park in Cannonsburg on Saturday, Oct. 17 or Friday Oct 16!

Help lead the Kent County Park volunteers in planting over 700 native plugs
along beautiful Bear
RCWO friends and members DO NOT need to be experienced to join in the fun...this is an
excellent opportunity to learn planting technique and plant ID and to just have some fun in a
gorgeous location!

    Project Date/Time:    Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  
       There is also a small volunteer group scheduled to help on Friday, October 16, around noon
           to 3 p.m. if this timing works better and you would like to join us!
    Project Site:                 Townsend Park - 8280 6 Mile Rd; Cannonsburg (map)
          Note that meet up site is the open shelter off 6 Mile Rd - watch "Volunteer Event" signs.
    Project Type:              Annual Native Species Planting Project!
    What to Wear: Dress for the weather! Long pants with shoes/socks are required.  No open
    toed sandals! Feet may get wet so keep that in mind. Don't forget to bring sun hats, sun glasses,
    and a jacket depending on weather.
    What to Bring: Kent County Parks provides tools and supplies including light work gloves
    unless other arrangements have been made. Some volunteers prefer to bring their own garden
    gloves.  Please bring bottled water and personal outdoor items such as insect repellent, sun
    screen, etc.
    NOTE: A volunteer grill out lunch will be provided after the project located at the Open
    Weather: Volunteer activities are not cancelled by Kent County Parks due to > light rain;
    however, for heavy rain or weather advisories, projects must be delayed or cancelled depending
    on forecast.  If you have any weather related concerns prior to your volunteer project, please
    contact KCP Volunteer Coordinator.
    Waivers: All Kent County Parks volunteers must sign a waiver.  Forms will be available at the
    project site. Any volunteer under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
    for the duration of the volunteer event. Any volunteer under the age of 18 must also submit a
    Minor Waiver signed by a parent or guardian - these waivers will be available at the project site.
    KCP Volunteer Coordinator: Ginny Sines   Cell: 616-826-0438