All programs (unless otherwise specified) will begin at 7:00 pm on the third Monday of each month. For details, see current Newsletter.
Non-members are always welcome!
Monday, February 20
Topic: A screening of the Film "Green Fire - A Land Ethic for our Time". This was a beautiful documentary on the life and work of Aldo Leopold
Monday, March 19
Speaker: Holli Ward, Owner of Michigan Butterflies, LLC. Topic: The River City Wild Ones chapter was honored to have Holli Ward, owner of Michigan Butterflies, LLC and President of West Michigan Butterfly Association as our speaker. Her business specializes in Monarch butterfly special event releases, butterfly gardening, and educational materials about Monarchs. To do all of this of course one has to have Monarch butterflies, and to have them one has to learn how to feed them, care for them and breed them. Holli does all this with the help of her able interns and a lot of enthusiasm.
Monday, April 16
Speaker: Mary Ann Menck, Owner of Mary Ann's Michigan Trees and Shrubs Topic: "25 Native Plants You've Never Heard of but Wish You Had." Mary Ann is the owner of Mary Ann’s Michigan Trees and Shrubs, a business based in Paw Paw, Michigan which sells native plants to retail customers. Eleven years ago Mary Ann became one of the rare growers of native plants occupying a much needed niche in the retail market for people wanting to bring native Michigan plants to their environments. She specializes in trees and shrubs grown in pots which can be bought by walk-in customers, taken home and planted with minimal work by the client. Because of the scarcity of native plants Mary Ann also gets additional business from people all over the
Work has officially begun on phase one of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden located at 920 Cherry, SE in the East town neighborhood of Grand Rapids. River City Wild Ones is teaming up with Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF) to reconstruct a garden in order to showcase the beauty of native plants. Our mission is to help educate the public about the role of native plants as part of an Urban or Formal setting so that visitors may be inspired to plant natives at their own homes and businesses. For more information, please go to the Native Plant Demonstration Garden Blog.
Monday, May 21
Speaker: Mary Jane Dockeray, PHD Topic: This local beloved Naturalist will lead us on a foray to learn the characteristics of our native spring wildflowers. Location: Blanford Nature Center 1715 Hilburn Ave NW, Grand Rapids, 49504 (map)
Monday, June 18
Speaker: Melanie Manion, Natural Resources Management Supervisor Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission. Topic: Melanie will lead us on an exploration of the flora of Grand River Ravines, a new park in the Ottawa County system that has yet to be opened to the public. The hike will require traversing a shallow creek - wear appropriate footwear! Location: Grand River Ravines County Park 42nd Avenue - about 1/3 mile North of Fillmore Street, Allendale, 49401 (map) A GVSU trail map is shown here.
Wdenesday, June 27
Topic: Wild Ones Look & Learn Tour Location: Home of Sue and Roland, see your RCWO e-mail
Join us and bring a friend for a Wild One's Look and Learn Tour of Sue and Roland's garden. Sue is our Look & Learn Chair and Roland is our Webmaster. Their woodland garden is set in the woods with oak, maple, redbud and serviceberry trees. The front garden beds are a lovely mix of color and texture, with native plants and traditional perennial plants and shrubs. In the somewhat sunnier backyard, there is a small pond and stream designed and installed by Roland. Frogs and fish inhabit the pond and is a favorite of young visitors. There is a dedicated native garden that was started 5 years ago when Sue became a member of RCWO. This is the garden that continues to expand in number and variety of MI natives. Their property is a Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation, some of their wildlife visitors include deer, fox, wild turkey, woodpeckers, barred owls, hawks, and of course native plant loving bees, butterflies and numerous other pollinators.
Monday, July 16
Speaker: Kurt Mirandette, Science Instructor City High/Middle School Topic: Field trip to Huff Park to learn about this wetland ecosystem, its flora, fauna, and student research. Location: Huff Park (North Parking Lot) Near Intersection of Aberdeen and Ball Ave Ne, Grand Rapids, 49505 (map)
Monday, August 20
Speaker: Matt Schultz, Regional Stewardship Organizer Michigan Nature Association (MNA) Topic: We will explore a portion of the 110 acre Newaygo Prairie Sanctuary containing over 100 prairie plants. Location: North of Newaygo on M-37, take first right (Croton Dr.)after crossing the Muskegon River. Turn left on S Poplar, the sanctuary will be 0.5 miles on the right. Park along road. (map)
Monday, September 17
Speaker: Jesse Lincoln, Botanist/Ecologist Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) Topic: Will lead us on a tour of a rare 10 acre savannah, and will explain the importance of protecting it. Location: Mines Golf Course parking lot 330 Covell Avenue SW, Grand Rapids, 49534 (map)
Monday, November 19
Sixth Annual Auction! Location: Calvin College Bunker Interpretive Center (BIC) 1750 East Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, 49546 (map)