Every day is Earth Day at Eaton County Parks! Your help is needed to keep our parks and trails healthy and safe by removing invasive plants, improving habitat areas, wood chipping trails, and maintaining flower beds. You can volunteer just one time or become a regular steward by participating every month.
March—Mustard Madness and More
Volunteer to help rid Lincoln Brick Park of Garlic Mustard and other invasive plants while improving park habitat areas on the following Fridays— March 15 and March 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This program helps promote awareness of invasive plants and encourages individuals to protect and preserve our beautiful parks and natural areas.
April—Community Clean Up
In the spirit of Earth Day, show your support and concern for the environment by giving Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge a hand on Saturday, April 6, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This is an excellent opportunity for scout groups, civic groups, and others interested in participating in community service projects. Participants will help improve trails, clear brush, and clean up park facilities.
May—Fox Park Fix
Stewardship activities will be held in conjunction with this year’s Astronomy/Arbor Day Celebration at Fox Park Saturday, May 4, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to paint a post, plant a flower, and pick up the Park in addition to participating in all Astronomy/Arbor Day activities.
June—National Trails Day
Join Naturalist Jackie Blanc at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, to explore the Eaton County section of the Paul Henry-Thornapple Trail in recognition of National Trails Day. Participants will meet at the Maple Valley High School’s overflow visitor’s parking lot on Mason Road to walk the recently converted rails to trails linear park, picking up litter along the way, and learning more about local trail and hiking opportunities in Eaton and Barry Counties.
June—Davy Pier Memorial Planting
Join the Friends of Eaton County Parks in the design and planting of a Bird and Butterfly Garden in memory of Davy Pier at Lincoln Brick Park Saturday, June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Participants will plant, mulch, and install garden components. Those interested should bring trowels or small shovels if possible.
Advance registration is requested for all Stewardship projects. Volunteers should dress in work clothes and bring gloves. Call the Park office at 517-627-7351 to sign up today!