Spring is in the air, which means that both people and our animal friends are starting to move about. It’s a time of awakening, and for those of us in the conservation world, we start to see an influx of people coming out of the woodwork after a cold winter to enjoy our regions’ natural resources.
Spring is the time for us to celebrate a fresh start, and in that light, we encourage everyone who is fortunate to call Kent County home to explore a new park. There are 38 Kent County Parks and numerous other city and township parks nearby. In addition, there are nature preserves and a myriad of trail networks that connect us to nature, and to each other.
In the spirit of spring, we are also kicking off new partnerships with several environmental organizations in our region. Please save the date for the 2016 Grand Rapids Conservation Collective on March 31st, from 4:30pm-6:30pm at The Cheney Place, 1600 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids.
Joining KCPF at the event is Blandford Nature Center, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, John Ball Zoo, Land Conservancy of West Michigan, West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds, and The Kent County Parks Department Volunteer Services.
The 2016 Grand Rapids Conservation Collective is an opportunity for current and future volunteers, members, and supporters of the participating organizations to learn more about region-wide volunteer opportunities as well as upcoming projects that will positively impact the environment in West Michigan. Whether protecting water, preserving land, engaging volunteers, or educating us about the natural world, these organizations could not be successful without the support of our community.
Drinks and light refreshments will be provided and this event is free to attend. Live music will also be provided by Wake Up Autum.
We hope that you can join us on March 31st and that you will be inspired to get outdoors this spring!
For more information check out our Facebook event.