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Grass River Natural Area's Volunteer Newsletter
July 2017
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Welcome to Summer!

Well we’re in it now!  Summer is here, albeit starting out a bit cooler than last year, but here none the less.  There are lots of indicators of summer out there right now: wildflowers sporting their full regalia, a full canopy of trees overhead, the forest shouting with excitement, the crazy influx of tourists, and maybe the most important (and fun!) indicator, GRNA’s Annual Benefit Concert! 

Yep, you heard it folks...we at GRNA officially brought in the summer on the beautiful evening of June 24th.  Mother Nature was toying with us a bit at the beginning of the evening, threatening certain doom with dark clouds and rain showers that we could see moving towards us from the other side of Torch Lake.  But after the scare of a few raindrops, the skies parted and provided an incredible evening of sunshine mixed with cool breezes and groovy tunes provided not one, but two energetic and talented bands: Turbo Pup and LowDown Brass Band.  

As much as we rely on the weather to do its part to ensure an enjoyable experience for those who come to listen to some great music at a stunning location, the thing we rely on the most for this event are all of our amazing volunteers who come out to support GRNA and all the things we provide for the community. 

This year, for the event alone, we had 35 volunteers that accumulated 115 hours of volunteer time and that doesn’t include all of the countless hours that a small group of volunteers put into coordinating, planning, recruiting and advertising for this awesome and unique event. 

I want to give a sincere thank you to all of the people who helped out on that fun Saturday evening with a special shout out to Marlene and the rest of the Events Committee who did all of the “behind the scenes” work to make sure the event ran as smoothly as possible.  We truly could not have done this event without you and are so grateful to have such an amazing support crew.

As the sun set over the idyllic landscape of Torch Lake, the last of the party danced to the driving force of the dynamic and energetic horns that echoed to the other side of the lake and resonated with me for the rest of the weekend.
CONCERT LOST AND FOUND
We have a pair of prescription sunglasses that we found at the end of the concert at the GRNA office in Bellaire.  Please call 231-533-8314 if you think that these may be yours.
 
2017 GRNA Trails Challenge 
 
READY, SET, EXPLORE!!

The GRNA Trails Challenge is a free, self-guided program for all ages and ability levels.  This is a great opportunity for you to explore all of GRNA’s amazing trails while improving your health, body and mind!

How does it work, you ask???
1. Download and read through the GRNA Trails Guidebook.
2. Hike all 7 of GRNA's well-marked trails.
3. Fill out and submit an online trail log.
4. Receive Rent One, Get One coupon from Paddles & Pedals in Bellaire and bragging rights.
5. Get entered to win a signed field guide by NW MI best selling author, James Dake.
6.  Tell all of you friends how awesome this was!
Reminder...
 
If you haven't had the chance to check out our Wildflower Walks every Tuesday at 10 am, don't wait any longer. There are new things to see each week and they're only here until the end of summer so join in while you can!

We also have a ton of other fabulous programs scheduled for the summer--there is something for everyone, especially you!!
Upcoming Volunteer Events

Summer Stewardship Day!!
Saturday, July 22nd (9 am -12 pm)
Our "to-do" list is growing!  We have some oldies but goodies on there along with a few new projects.  If you are interested in knowing more about what we will be doing for the morning feel free to contact me...or just show up that morning and be ready for anything!  As always, lunch will be provided at the end of the event.  

Volunteer Open House
Thursday, September 21st (5 pm -7 pm)
Save the date!  More details to come!

Fall Stream Monitoring
Saturday, October 7th (8 am-12 pm)

Fall Stewardship Day
Saturday, October 21st (9 am- 12 pm)
Have a super fun and safe 4th of July!!
Check out updated events on our website, facebook or twitter.
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Grass River Natural Area
PO Box 231
Bellaire, MI 49615

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