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December 9 NAP Stewardship Workday, Stapp Nature Area, 9 AM-12 PM

Stapp Nature Area is one of our more pristine natural areas, with native plants composing nearly eighty percent of the total flora. The park's mature oak-hickory forest is home to deer and several cavity-dwelling bird species, while a vernal pool draws frogs, toads, and salamanders. Volunteers and NAP staff have worked hard throughout the years to maintain the high environmental quality of this park, but invasive shrubs are threatening to undo these efforts! Join us to cut back invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn to make room for our native plants to flourish. Meet at the park sign at the corner of Huron Parkway and Tuebingen Parkway. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

December 9 Science Saturday: The Science of Recycling- Cultivate Coffee & TapHouse  ( 307 N River St, Ypsilanti)  9-10am

Saturday morning Science class is back! Join us as local scientists present on current topics in a fun lecture style over coffee. 
Free to attend.

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December 12 University of Michigan SEAS Program Information Webinar, starting 12:00 PM & 6:00 PM 

SEAS Recruitment & Admissions Staff will present an informational webinar at 12 Noon EST and again at 6PM EST.

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December 12 NAP Stewards' Circle, Bruegger's Bagels, 709 N University Ave, 7:30 AM-8:30 AM

Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free!

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December 14 Huron River Watershed Council Chocolate & Cheer, NEW Center, 2nd Floor,  1100 North Main Street, Ann Arbor 4-6pm

Please join HRWC for delicious treats and lively conversation to share the warmth of the holiday season.  No RSVP necessary

December 19 HRWC: Webinar, How Much is a River Worth? Understanding the Economic Impact of the Huron River and Water Trails. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern time.

In 2016, the  Huron River Watershed Council  (HRWC) commissioned a unique study to measure the economic impact of the river on local communities, focusing on Huron River Water Trail activities and the value of natural systems that maintain a healthy, clean river. Through  The Economic Impact of the HURON RIVER study, a Grand Valley State University research team quantified the recreation-related spending attributed to the Huron River and the value of the river’s ecosystem services.  They found the river’s contribution to the local economy to be enormous.

Having clear and trusted information about the economic value of your river can help support your conservation message, engage new partners, and guide future investments.  Join us for this webinar to learn the details of how the study was conducted, its key findings and how HRWC anticipates using the information to support its ongoing work. This webinar is sponsored by the National Water Trails Peer Network, a peer network for Trail Managers of the  National Water Trails System.

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JANUARY

January 12–13 The Science, Practice, and Art of Restoring Native Ecosystems Conference

The Stewardship Network presents this annual conference at the Kellogg Conference Center, Michigan State University in East Lansing. Presenters cover a wide range of topics including environmental justice, traditional ecological knowledge, watershed conservation, and much more! 

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January 15 NAP: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Barton Nature Area.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an opportunity to make your "day off" a "day on" for community service. Help improve Barton Nature Area and protect biodiversity by removing invasive shrubs. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided. If you would like to learn more about the MLK Day of Service mission, please visit the organization's website at  www.mlkday.gov .

January 20 Huron River Watershed Council Winter Stonefly Search 9:00 am or 10:30am. Takes about 4 hours (approximately 2 hrs outdoors)

Join a small group of other volunteers to search a selected stretch of stream or River for stoneflies. You will be working with experienced researchers in the collection of stoneflies. They will also teach you how we determine the health of the stream or river you are visiting.

DEADLINE: Register by January 17, 2018.
Fill out the registration page for the time and general area that you desire to work in.

9:00am Registration        10:30am Registration
FOR MORE INFO: Please contact Jason at jfrenzel@hrwc.org

January 20 Friends of the Rouge, 2018 Stonefly Search, Environmental Interpretive Center
University of Michigan-Dearborn, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

We invite you to come along and hunt bugs with us! No prior experience is necessary. We need your eyes, hands, and boots on the ground! We invite you to come along and hunt bugs with us! No prior experience is necessary. We need your eyes, hands, and boots on the ground!

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January 21 NAP Woody Plant ID in Winter, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Bird Hills Nature Area.

Love trees but mystified about how to recognize them without leaves? Join us for a winter walk through the woods to learn key characters for recognizing at least a dozen common Michigan species by twigs, bark, and habitat. You'll also leave with skills for using plant keys.  Please dress for spending the entire time outdoors including warm hiking boots suitable for potentially slippery trails.  Meet us in the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive.

January 24 Huron River Watershed Volunteer Night - More Info coming soon!

Get tasty treats, see old friends from the field, and check out an overview of all the data you helped to collect and what it means for the health of the Huron.

January 27 NAP Citizen Pruner Training, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Looking for a new and unique way to volunteer in the community? Consider becoming a Citizen Pruner! Citizen Pruners volunteer at winter workdays to care for newly planted city trees. We'll teach you everything you need to know. Training includes both indoor and outdoor time so come prepared to be comfortable in both settings. Please register by January 22, by emailing  tstephens@a2gov.org  or calling 734.794.6627. Pre-registration is required to attend this training, as space is limited.  

January 27-28 Combining Two Cultures Knowledge Sharing 2018, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Combining Two Cultures (C2C) is an annual conference celebrating undergraduate interdisciplinary education. Welcoming delegates from across Canada and beyond, C2C brings together a community of like-minded individuals who partake in the “creative process of interdisciplinary inquiry” as a way of engaging with our complex world. With the aim of developing well-rounded problem-solvers, C2C provides an exciting, engaging, and interactive venue for interdisciplinary collaboration to flourish.

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FEBRUARY

February 3 NAP Stewardship Workday-World Wetlands Day, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Gallup Nature Area

Take advantage of this winter opportunity to explore and improve one of Ann Arbor's special wetlands, usually inaccessible in warm months. Rare native wetland plants along the river here are threatened by invasive exotic shrubs. Help NAP protect the natural diversity in this park by using hand tools to remove invasive species. From Gallup's main entrance, drive across the wooden bridge, meet in the first lot after the bridge. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground.  All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

February 11 NAP Stewardship Day, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Scarlett Mitchell Nature Area

Come help preserve the mature oak hickory woodland by cutting invasive shrubs such as buckthorn and honeysuckle. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

February 13 NAP Stewards' Circle- Controlled Burns, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM at Bruegger's Bagels, 709 N University Ave

Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org.

February 19 NAP Stewardship Workday- President's Day, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM at Foxfire West Park.

This little park is nestled in a neighborhood in the northern reaches of Ann Arbor. Help us remove invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn to improve the habitat for the many frog and toad species that call this area home. Meet at the park entrance on Birchwood Drive, between Hickory Point Drive and Timbercrest Court. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

February 21 NAP Public Meeting- Controlled Burn Program, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Veterans Memorial Park Meeting Room. 

Fire is used as a restoration tool in many of Ann Arbor's natural areas. This meeting will be a discussion about our Controlled Ecological Burn Program . Ask questions and learn more about the benefits of effectively and safely using fire as a restoration tool.
All persons are encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the City Clerk's office at 734.794.6140; via email to: cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to: City Clerk's Office, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Requests made with less than two business days notice may not be able to be accommodated.

February 22 NAP Volunteer Burn Crew Training, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM at DTE Engery House, Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road.

Become a part of NAP's  Volunteer Burn Crew ! This is the required training session for anyone interested in assisting with  NAP's controlled burns . Burns typically take place Monday through Friday between noon and 7 p.m. Registration is required by February 20, as enrollment is limited. Call 734.794.6627 or email  NAP@a2gov.org  to register or for more information. Some portion of training may be outdoors.

 

MARCH

March 3 NAP Salamander Survey Kick-off & Training, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave

Learn how to help NAP monitor salamanders in Ann Arbor's parks– we have at least 5 species here! Volunteers will be trained to identify salamanders and select parks to survey. Must be willing to walk in the woods on rainy cold nights in early spring, and take day surveys in spring and summer. Please register by March 1. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org .

March 3 NAP Frog and Toad Survey Kick-off & Training, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave

Everyone is invited to help monitor frog populations in Ann Arbor! Volunteers will be trained to identify frogs by ear and eye and will select a route to survey. No previous experience required! Surveying is done on night trips, at least once per month, March through June. Most routes require driving. Please register by March 1. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627 or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

March 6 Student for Sustainability at Washtenaw Community College screening Tommorw film 
Great Lakes Room at WCC 6:00PM

This film encourages local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet- broken into five categories: Agriculture, Energy, Economy, Education and Governance.

 

March 8 Environmental Futures- 2018 Journal of Narrative Theory Dialogue: Ursula Heise and Rob Nixon Student- Center Auditorium 6:30 p.m.

Urban Futures, Multi-Species Justice, and the Impact of Anthropocene Thinking on Narrative--Science Fiction, Environmental Nonfiction, and Documentaries

The JNT puts on an annual Dialogue bringing together two scholars and/or artists on a subject of some pressing intellectual and social concern. Ursula Heise and Rob Nixon will join us and talk on the subject of "Environmental Futures."  Leading up to the dialogue, there will be a reading group, if you were interested in joining. Readings will be available and they hope to get suggestions of additional readings.

March 13 NAP Stewards' Circle, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM at Brugger's Bagels, 709 N University Ave

Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org.

March 24 NAP Photo Monitor Kick-off & Training, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM at NAP Office, 3875 E Huron River Drive.

Do you like photography and spending time outdoors? Photo monitoring may be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! We need volunteers to take beautiful photos at specific locations in parks throughout the year to record the progress of our restoration work. Come join us at this informational meeting for more details about this volunteer opportunity! Please register by March 22. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at  NAP@a2gov.org.

March 24 NAP Workday Leader Training, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM at NAP Office, 3875 E Huron River Drive.

This is for volunteers interested in leading and/or co-leading NAP volunteer stewardship workdays. We will focus on procedures, ecological consideration, and tips and tricks to lead a successful event. An interest and background in ecology (and plant ID) is strongly desired, but not required. A strong commitment to preserving the environment, while fostering community and engaging the public is necessary. Participants should be dressed for classroom and possible field training. Minimum age of 18. Please register by March 22. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

March 24 Huron River Watershed Council Water Quality Sampling Orientation- Time TBD

Help measure the quality of local rivers and streams during spring and summer! Learn how to collect water samples, measure stream flow, and sample runoff from rain storms. No prior experience needed, but participants must attend an orientation session.

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