News & Events – July 2017

Below are some of the upcoming events offered in our area through the Boardman River Nature Center, Plant It Wild, and The Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park. Check each of their websites for even more summer fun. Most, if not all, of these events earn either education or volunteer hours.

Aster novae-anglia, New England Asters on the green roof at the BRNC

 Boardman River Nature Center

Work bees at Boardman River Nature Center Native Gardens

Tuesday evenings from 5:00 -7:30 starting July 11th. Additional work bees may also be posted via the Grand Traverse Conservation District’s website or our Upcoming Events page. 

Invasive Species Work Bees… Baby’s Breath at Elberta Beach

July 6 & 15, August 3, 9am-12pm

Making Native Seed Bombs Event, Traverse City Wild Ones

July 15, 10:30 am-12pm


Photo courtesy of Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network (ISN)

Plant It Wild

Program: “Edible and Toxic Plants”

Peter Carrington, MSU Beal Botanical Gardens Wednesday, July 19, 7 pm, Frankfort

Field Trip: “Beal Botanical Gardens on MSU’s Campus

Monday, July 24, 1-3pm, East Lansing 

Program: “Common Fungi of Northern Michigan”

Linda Scribner, Wednesday, August 16, 7pm, Frankfort

Field Trip:  Foraging and Identification with Linda Scribner    

Saturday, August 19, 10am-12pm, Manistee


Pretty in pink, photo by Michele Worden

Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park

All events are located at the Visitors Center unless otherwise noted. 

Rose Exhibit in the Garden

July 13th, 10am-4pm

The Language of Lavender

July 19th, 7pm-9pm

Ikebana Flower Arranging

July 26th, 7pm-9pm

Register for free/fee classes on the BG website,,  through EventBrite.


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