For maximum viewing pleasure, try viewing it in a browser.
March 2013


DONATE: become or renew as a Friend now!

Mayor's Tree of the Year - Now Seeking Nominations

Citizen Forester Class - Tree Planting 101 - March 13th

FGRP Office Warming Party - March 21st

Arbor Day Tree Planting- April 26-27th

 Green Gala 2013 - Save the Date- August 22nd

View Urban Forest Project calendar

Use the Park Finder

View full event calendar

Be a Facebook fan
Follow us on Twitter
Watch us on Vimeo
Check us out on Flickr


New Digs!


You are cordially invited to our office warming party.

After 3 years of working in virtual offices, or subletting space, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is moving into our own office.  Come  see where we will park ourselves when we aren't out in parks.  It will also be a great time to meet other park and tree  enthusiasts.  Come enjoy beer, wine and a light snack with Friends.

Date: March 21st, 2013

Where: 820 Monroe NW, Suite 317

Time: 5pm-7pm

Please RSVP with or you can register online  so we can get a head count.

 If you would like to bring along an office warming gift, here's what we need to outfit the office.

Office Warming Wish List:

  • Matching Coffee Mugs
  • Color Pencils
  • Office Paper
  • Binder Separators
  • Coat Hooks
  • Taxonomy  Posters/Prints (like these)
  • Park Photos/Prints (like these)

We are also looking for the following items:

  • Industrial Shelving Units*
  • Mini-Fridge*
  • Water Cooler*
  • Book Shelves*
  • Floor Lamps*
  • Conference Table*

* please let us know if you would like to contribute one of these items so we can check it out first

Word from the Director


Thank you to all our supporters and "Friends" that contributed to Friends of GR Parks at the end of 2012 and this fiscal year.  We couldn't do it without you!  Your contributions have allowed us to grow our capacity and implement projects that make a meaningful impact in our community parks and public spaces.

Featured Event


Citizen Forester Class - Tree Planting 101

Join the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks for the inauguration of their Citizen Forest Program. The first class will cover the basics of tree planting, putting a tree in the right location, and early tree maintenance. We hope that the training in this class, can help volunteers become comfortable leading others at tree plantings, working within their communities, and to better care for their own trees.

This class is FREE for current Friends of Grand Rapids Parks members aka "friends".  It costs $5 for non-members (and you can call yourself a "friend" all year long!). 

Where: Blandford Nature Center

When: Wednesday, March 13th, 7pm-9pm

Contact Lee Mueller at or 616 389 4687 to register - limited space is available

The Citizen Forester program is being partially funded through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources with collaborative support from the Greening of Detroit and local partners.


Interesting e-mail? Forward to a friend. Need to subscribe? You can sign up now.
Not interested anymore? Unsubscribe instantly.