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February 2019


February 23

SMLC Stewardship Workday, 1–4 p.m. at LeFurge Woods Nature Preserve

Help SMLC cut and treat invasive species adjacent to the high-quality LeFurge Woods. Dress to be outside in cold, wet conditions – in layers and waterproof clothing. SMLC will provide tools, work gloves (non-insulated) , water and snacks. Contact Julie McLaughlin with any questions at jmclaughlin@sml cland.org or 734.484.6565.


February 24

NAP's Winter Nature Walk, 10 a.m.–noon at Furstenberg Nature Area

Volunteer and learn how to identify native and non-native trees and shrubs in the winter. Dress warm and be prepared for a long hike. Meet at parking lot off Fuller Road. For more information contact NAP@a2gov.org or at 734.794.6627.


February 25

NAP's National Invasive Species Awareness Week, 10 a.m.–noon at Oakwoods Nature Area

This oak-hickory woodland includes a small pond and wetland, which are great spots for birdwatching or listening for frog calls. Meet at the park entrance off of Dunwoodie. For more information contact NAP@a2gov.org  or at 734-794-6627.


February 26

NAP's National Invasive Species Awareness Week, 10 a.m.–noon at Dhu Varren Woods Nature Area

This park is 13 acres of woodland surrounded by oak, hickory, and maple trees. Meet at the intersection of Birchwood Drive and Dhu Varren Road.  For more information contact NAP@a2gov.org  or at 734-794-6627.

Climate Change & Health, 3:30–5 p.m. at Forum Hall, University of Michigan (100 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109). 

Please join us for Climate Change & Health: what the science says and what we can do. Dr. John Balbus, the federal coordinating principal author of the assessment, and Dr. Kim Knowlton will discuss the health impacts, identify vulnerable at-risk populations, and describe solutions. (a reception follows the program at 5:00 pm) at Palmer Commons. Registration required. Register here for this free event!

More Information.


February 27

NAP's National Invasive Species Awareness Week, 10 a.m.–noon at Leslie Woods Nature Area

This woodland has some of the largest oaks in the Ann Arbor parks, plus a very diverse understory. Meet us at the park entrance at the north end of Upland Drive, north of Plymouth Road.  For more information contact NAP@a2gov.org  or at 734-794-6627.


February 28

NAP's National Invasive Species Awareness Week, 10 a.m.–noon at Argo Nature Area

The oak-hickory woods here overlook Argo Pond, and owls and hawks nest in the trees. Meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery, off Longshore Drive.  For more information contact NAP@a2gov.org  or at 734-794-6627.


March 2019

March 1

NAP's National Invasive Species Awareness Week, 10 a.m.–noon at Arbor Hills Nature Area

Arbor Hills Nature Area is a small park, but home to an intricate community of wetlands and woods. Meet at the park entrance on Ashburnham.  For more information contact   NAP@a2gov.org  or at 734.794.6627.


March 2

NAP's National Invasive Species Awareness Week, 10 a.m.–noon at Furstenberg Nature Area

This park along the river has high ecological diversity, including restored prairie and oak savanna. Meet in the parking lot off Fuller Road.  For more information contact   NAP@a2gov.org  or at 734.794.6627.  

24th Annual Quiet Water Symposium, 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, Lansing

Join the Huron River Water Trail and Michigan’s best outdoor recreation providers, experts and outfitters in East Lansing for talks, demonstrations and exhibits. Plan your summer paddling, biking, hiking and camping adventures at this day-long indoor expo. This year features talks from travel writers Jim DuFresne and Kevin Callan and the dean of outdoor writers, Cliff Jacobson. There are over 30 speakers and 200 exhibitors in all.

Tickets available at the door, day-of. Adults $15, Students with ID $5, under 12 free.

More Information.


March 5

The Great Lakes: Managing for Action,  9 a.m.  to  3:30 p.m. at Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center 219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing

This year's conference will address some of the major benefits that the Great Lakes provide as well as challenges that they continually face. Topics include Agricultural Best Management Practices in the Lake Erie basin, Economic impacts of restoration in the Great Lakes, Control mechanisms for Asian carp, Wild rice and its significance, and Virtual trails and birding in the Great Lakes basin. The cost to attend the conference is $15. There is no charge for full-time students. 

Register here by March 1st.


March 9

Plastics Recycling and Looking out for Nature,  10 a.m. to noon at the  Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch (2503 Jackson Ave)

Transform plastic containers into winter feeders and shelters for backyard wildlife, and use alternatives to plastic to create compostable ones! Pre-registering is encouraged. To pre-register or for questions, please contact our Education Program Coordinator at education@ecocenter.org .

NAP's Salamander Survey Kick-off & Training, Noon–2 p.m. at Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave)

Learn how to help NAP monitor salamanders in Ann Arbor's parks – there are 5 species here! Volunteers will select parks to survey and learn how to identify these rarely-seen amphibians. Must be willing to walk in the woods on rainy cold nights in early spring, and look under logs in spring and summer. Please register by March 6. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or email at NAP@a2gov.org.

NAP's Frog and Toad Survey Kick-off & Training, 2:30–4:30 p.m. at Ann Arbor Senior Center (1320 Baldwin Ave)

Help monitor frog populations in Ann Arbor! No experience required! You will learn to identify frogs by ear and eye, and will select a route to survey. Then, once per month, March through June travel a route through the city at night, stopping to listen for frogs along the way. Most routes require driving. Please register by March 6. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at  NAP@a2gov.org .


March 23

NAP's Photo Monitoring Kick-off & Training, 10–11 a.m. at the 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! The NAP needs volunteers to take photos at specific locations in parks throughout the year to record ecological changes and the progress of restoration work. Join the informational meeting for more details about this volunteer opportunity! Please register by March 21. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at  NAP@a2gov.org .


April 2019

April 4

GREAT Workshop, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. at Climate & Space Research Building (U of M)

(Grad-school Readiness Experience and After Training)

Attend a one-day workshop to learn about the graduate school application process and how to further the experience into amazing opportunities! You will need current GPA, and an unofficial ready to load transcript in order to apply! Travel awards to help with travel and hotel costs available.  View schedule: Information before graduation, during and after provided. Apply here! 

For More Information contact Jeremy Bassis, Associate Professor  jbassis@umich.edu

Deadline: February 15, 2019


April 13

Composting Up Close & Planting Pots,  10 a.m.  to noon  at the  Ann Arbor District Library, Westgate Branch (2503 Jackson Ave)

Take home your own handcrafted compostable pot and native plant seedling. Learn recipes for generating rich compost and observe some of nature’s recyclers up close. Pre-registering is encouraged. To pre-register or for questions, please contact our Education Program Coordinator at education@ecocenter.org


April 28

Ann Arbor 47th Annual Earth Day, noon–4 p.m. at the Leslie Science and Nature Center

This festival is an annual celebration coordinated by the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee, and a coalition of local environmental nonprofits and agencies. Enjoy this free, family-friendly event with displays from 40 local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations; live animal demonstrations; hands-on activities; live entertainment; green building and commuting technologies; energy topics; water awareness; sustainable agriculture; and more. Also featuring Earth Day Learning Presentations. This festival will again be a Zero Waste event, with the help from Recycle Ann Arbor. Visitors can help keep up the average of 90% waste diverted from landfills during the Earth Day Event by bringing their reusable water bottle, and putting their waste in the right receptacles. Feel free to email with questions to AAEarthDay@gmail.comMore Information


May 2019

May 4

Magnetic Metal Mother's Day Gifts,  10 a.m.  to noon  at the  Ann Arbor District Library Westgate Branch (2503 Jackson Ave)

Come learn how metals are recycled and sorted at the Materials Recovery Center (MRF) and create a recycled gift! Create an awesome gift for your mom using magnets. Pre-registering is encouraged. To pre-register or for questions, please contact our Education Program Coordinator at  education@ecocenter.org.