Ranger Steven Mueller will take us on a field trip through Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, which he owns, to see the many interesting features.
This meeting will be held at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, just west of Grand Rapids. We will be forwarding the specific location on the campus to each MBC Chapter President later this summer.
The schedule will be as follows:
11:00 A.M. Michigan Botanical Foundation Meeting
11:30-12:30 P.M. State Board Meeting
12:30-1:30 P.M. Lunch (be sure to pack yourself a sack lunch)
1:30-2:30 P.M. Speaker-Lee Mueller
2:30 P.M Refreshments followed by a field trip through the Ravines of Grand Valley State University which are along the Grand River which flows through the campus.
Our speaker, Lee Mueller is a certified Arborist and Registered Forester. He is currently the Program Director of the Urban Forest Project. The Grand Rapids Urban Forest Project is an initiative of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in partnership with the City of Grand Rapids to engage the whole community in planting and growing a larger, healthier urban forest. The specific topic of his presentation will be sent to MBC chapter Presidents and included in our WPC newsletters later this year.
Many thanks to Carol Phelps for identifying a speaker for this event!
We will tour the Coolbough Nature Preserve to see the spectacular varieties of fall blooming plants on this dry sand prairie. There are splendid areas of grasses, Prickly Pear Cactus, and many other prairie plants. This large preserve is located north of Newaygo and has bogs, streams and woodlands plus the large prairie.
The Foray will be held in the Porcupine Mountain area in the Upper Peninsula. More details will be in the spring Arisaema.
Curtis Dykstra is the Parks Naturalist at Ottawa County Parks and he is in charge of sending a field trip leader to meet us at Eastmanville Bayou at 2:00 on June 14. This 157 acre park has many features which will be a special treat to explore. There are many southern species at their most northern part of their habitat including Kentucky Coffee Tree and Pawpaw. This location sustains an impressive display of wildflowers.
The location of the park is just west of GVSU and south of the Grand River. There are 3 miles of marked paths through the area, mostly flat. You will see the river, forests, wildflowers and many birds. Be sure to bring family and friends to enjoy this new field trip location for our members. Wear walking shoes, a hat, bring insect repellent and your wildflower book.
Go to M45 and drive west past Allendale. Watch for 68th Street and turn north. It is about 3 miles to the park, which is just south of the Grand River. Park at the parking area to meet our naturalist at 2:00 P.M. If you cross the bridge, you have gone too far. We will be looking for you!