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  1. Calendar Overlay Parks & Recreation Events (13)
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Parks & Recreation Events

  1. CANCELLED - Stewardship Sunday

    April 5, 2020, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Fox Science Preserve

    *** CANCELLED *** Explore an old gravel pit while removing autumn olive from the landscape with hand tools. Please dress for the weather and be prepared for working off-trail. Led by Katie Carlisle.

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  2. CANCELLED - Vernal Pools Presentation

    April 9, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Ypsilanti Downtown Library

    Do you have a love of amphibians and invertebrates and enjoy quiet time in the woods? Do you want to help guide conservation efforts in your community through volunteering? Consider joining Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation vernal pool monitoring program. Join us for an information session to unravel the mystery of these unique and important wetlands. Learn how to properly identify, interact with, and protect these delicate and magical habitats that are both home and essential breeding ground to many animals including blue spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and fairy shrimp. Led by Elle Bogle.

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  3. CANCELLED - Wetland to Woods Bird Walk

    April 11, 2020, 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ Trinkle Marsh Preserve

    We will begin our hike looking for migrating waterfowl on open water and wetland birds on the marsh edges, then make our way to the woods to the north to look for resident and early migrant birds there. Beginning birders welcome; bring binoculars if you can, but a few pairs will be available to borrow. Faye Stoner leads this hike.

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  4. CANCELLED - Stewardship Saturday

    April 11, 2020, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM @ Baker Woods Preserve

    Join us the second Saturday of every month to help the environment and explore natural spaces. Volunteer to remove spring invasive plants such as dames rocket and garlic mustard. Please dress for the weather and be prepared for hiking and working off-trail. Led by Katie Carlisle.

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  5. Nature Explorers: Metamorphosis

    April 18, 2020, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Scio Woods Preserve

    What are the wild creatures doing now? Can you spot a snow flea or an early butterfly? Have the Baltimore Oriels started migrating through Michigan? What are the salamanders doing? Let’s hike and collect data about the seasonal changes unfolding and share our observations with our fellow hikers. Hike led by Elle Bogle. For kids 5 – 6 years old. Pre-registration required, 15 children per program. To register your child, visit parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (Registration #831002, Section B).

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  6. Timberdoodle Sky Dance

    April 18, 2020, 7:45 PM - 9:00 PM @ Leonard Preserve

    Join Naturalist, Kelsey Dehring, to learn more about and experience the delightful aerial display of the American Woodcock, or timberdoodle as some call it. During spring nights the males perform an elaborate routine to impress females, providing a quirky sign of spring that you don’t want to miss! Please wear waterproof boots as parts of the trail can be very wet and muddy.

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  7. Vernal Pools Presentation

    April 22, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM @ Dexter Library

    Do you have a love of amphibians and invertebrates and enjoy quiet time in the woods? Do you want to help guide conservation efforts in your community through volunteering? Consider joining Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation vernal pool monitoring program. Join us for an information session to unravel the mystery of these unique and important wetlands. Learn how to properly identify, interact with, and protect these delicate and magical habitats that are both home and essential breeding ground to many animals including blue spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and fairy shrimp. Led by Elle Bogle.

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  8. Sunset Mindfulness Hike

    April 22, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Scio Woods Preserve

    Today is Earth Day! Enjoy a peaceful evening connecting with nature, as the sun goes down and frog calls rise from the ponds and wetlands of this beautiful spring woods. Hike Led by Shawn Severance and Julie Woodward. Please contact Shawn Severance at severances@washtenaw.org if you have questions.

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  9. Preschool Hike: The Earth Wakes Up

    April 23, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ County Farm Park

    Spring is here and the forest is coming alive. Make a ribbon wand and go on a hike to wake up the seedlings and flower buds and welcome the season of new beginnings. For children ages 2-4 with a caregiver. Pre-registration required, 15 children per program. To register, visit parksonline.ewashtenaw.org (Registration #831003, Section B). ***Platt Road Entrance, Meet at the Pollinator Garden***

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  10. Junior Naturalist: Archery

    April 25, 2020, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Staebler Farm County Park

    This intro into archery program is perfect for children who have never shot a bow before and teaches the basics of proper form. Program led by Kelsey Dehring. For ages 7 – 12. Pre-registration is required - 12 children maximum. To register your child, visit parksonline.ewashtenaw.org. (Registration # 831004, Section B).

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  11. Sharon Mills Open House

    April 26, 2020, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Sharon Mills County Park

    Learn about the varied uses of the property from its beginnings as a grist mill to the redevelopment as a small automotive factory. Visitors can also explore the beautiful gardens surrounding the mill.

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  12. Spring Wildflowers Along The Saline River

    April 26, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Draper-Houston Meadows Preserve

    The never plowed portions of the preserve are rich with wildflowers- Trillium, Dutchman’s Breeches, Bloodroot, Hepatica and many more. We will hike in both lowland and upland habitats near the river; some areas may be wet so wear shoes or boots than can get muddy. Faye Stoner leads this hike.

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  13. Training for Volunteer Vernal Pool Monitors

    April 30, 2020, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Miller-Smith Preserve

    Calling All Citizen Scientists! Do you have a love of amphibians and invertebrates and enjoy quiet time in the woods? Do you want to help guide conservation efforts in your community through volunteering? Consider joining Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation vernal pool monitoring program. Learn the specific protocols and hands on procedures for proper vernal pool monitoring. Equipment use, data collection, and proper pool interaction will be taught. Frog calling will also be observed. Waterproof boots are required. Led by Elle Bogle. To register, contact Elle at boglee@washtenaw.org.

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Parks & Recreation Meetings

  1. Natural Areas Technical Advisory Committee (NATAC)

    April 6, 2020, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM @ Parks Administrative Offices

    Regular meeting of the Natural Areas Technical Advisory Committee (NATAC).

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  2. Agricultural Lands Preservation Advisory Committee (ALPAC)

    April 28, 2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Parks Administrative Offices

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