Huron Arbor Cluster Events

Join the Huron Arbor Cluster in-person at one of our upcoming events listed below! Please consider preregistering for Cluster workshops, hikes and events - but walk-ins are always welcome!

Keep scrolling past "Cluster Sponsored Events" to "Other Huron Arbor Cluster Area Events" to view a chronological list of upcoming partner events.
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Cluster Sponsored Events

Medicinal Plants Hike

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Sharon Hills Preserve Sharon Hollow Rd. Manchester, MI 48158 United States
Free
Stroll with Legacy Land Conservancy's Land Steward Allene Smith through the varied botanical communities of Legacy's Sharon Hills Preserve to discover common plants used as medicine historically and today. Learn to properly identify some of these "herbal allies," hear a history of their use as medicine, and gain insight into why today's trained herbalists prize certain species. Expect to walk no more than two miles, with regular breaks for meeting and greeting our botanical companions.

Weed Warriors Redux

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 6:45pm to 8:30pm

Matthaei Botanical Gardens 1800 N. Dixboro Road Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States
Free
Come and share your season's experience with invasives control: lessons learned, strategies, and frustrations. Eligible for Michigan Conservation Stewards Continuing Education Credit

Other Huron Arbor Cluster Area Events

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Bluffs Nature Area. Meet at the entrance on Sunset Road near Wildt Street.

Free

Saturday, June 24
Bluffs Nature Area
9 a.m. to noon
Bluffs Nature Area offers trails for bikers, walkers and runners along with interesting views of the river and a small hidden prairie. Volunteers are needed to pull invasive plants that provide little food for wildlife and crowd out native wildflowers. Meet at the entrance on Sunset Road near Wildt Street. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Nature Walk with Ann Arbor District Library

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Barton Nature Area. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive.

Free

Thursday, June 29
Barton Nature Area
6:30 to 8 p.m.
This unique nature area is cradled by an oxbow in the Huron River, which supports a patchwork of interesting habitats like wet meadow, upland prairie, and mesic forests. Much of this nature area is old farmland. Come learn about and experience these communities! Staff from Natural Area Preservation will lead a family-friendly nature walk through the woods. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive.

Huron River Day

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 12:00am to 4:00pm

Gallup Park - Boat Dock Parking Area

Free

Huron River Day activities will be held at Gallup Park from noon to 4 p.m. Have fun discovering and learning about the Huron River. Paddle a boat with $5/boat canoe and kayak rentals, visit the exhibit tents to learn about the river and enjoy live music all on the banks of the beautiful Huron River. Among the many activities offered will be a children’s tent with the enviro-challenge game; step into a Butterfly House; and try out stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Musical entertainment and food will all be part of the fun. Ride your bike to the event, and your boat rental will be free.

Stewardship Workday

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Barton Nature Area 1010 West Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free

Restoration work here has brought back a grassland in this bend of the river, but it is being invaded by exotic weed species. Volunteers will help protect the park’s diversity by pulling summer invasives in these prairies. Meet at the Barton Dam parking lot on Huron River Drive. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Stewards' Circle - Political Action

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 7:30am to 8:30am

Bruegger’s Bagels, 709 N University Ave

Free

Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org.
This month’s topic: Political Action with Yousef Rabhi

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Furstenberg Nature Area 2475 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free

Park Steward and Master Gardener Aunita Erskine will lead this workday, maintaining the Native Garden at this park. Furstenberg’s Native Garden is a living demonstration of the beauty of native wildflowers, both a help for identification and an example of how they can be used in landscaping. Please meet in the parking lot off of Fuller Road. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Nature Walk with Ann Arbor District Library

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Bluffs Nature Area Sunset Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free

Home to many trails with access to a small prairie tucked away within the oak-hickory woods, Bluffs is around 40 acres of beautiful Michigan habitat. Under NAP’s care, prairies and oak seedlings are establishing here after many years of disturbance.
Staff from Natural Area Preservation will lead a family-friendly nature walk through the woods. Meet at the entrance on Sunset Road near Wildt Street.

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Bluffs Nature Area 236 Sunset Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free

Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants that provide little food for wildlife and crowd out native wildflowers. This park offers some interesting views of the river and has a small hidden prairie. Meet at the entrance on Sunset Road near Wildt Street. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Stewardship Workday

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Marshall Nature Area 3330 N Dixboro Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free

This large park (almost 90 acres) is near natural areas owned by the County and the University of Michigan. This large area of contiguous natural habitat makes each individual part that much more valuable for conservation. Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive plant species that are invading the open woodlands and meadows here. Meet in the parking lot off Dixboro Road, north of Plymouth Road. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian.

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

1505 Dhu Varren Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free

This park has come a long way from its past as a gravel quarry. Now bicyclists, dog owners, soccer players and hikers all use it. Volunteers are needed to hand-pull invasive weeds where they are invading open meadows. Meet at the entrance on Dhu Varren Road, just east of Pontiac Trail. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

2080 Tibbits Court, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free

Come on out to experience a woods filled with oak, hickory, maple and dogwood. Volunteers will work on removing summer invasive plant species, like Japanese hedge parsley, which have a negative impact on wildlife habitat. This is a great park to bring families out to enjoy a day outdoors. Meet us on Tibbits Ct., off Pontiac Trail. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Stewards' Circle

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 - 7:30am to 8:30am

709 N University Ave

Free

Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org.
This month’s topic: Prairie Restoration
Taking on restoration of a prairie is not an easy task. Join us to learn about management techniques and which plants to target.

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

1175 Bird Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free

The 3 miles of trails in Bird Hills give some lovely views of the Huron River. This is the largest Nature Area in Ann Arbor, and provides a great space to get out and see wildlife and wildflowers. Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive weeds like Japanese hedge parsley throughout the park. This is a great workday for the family. Join us at the Bird Road entrance to this park, west of Huron River Drive (additional parking in Barton Nature Area Dam entrance). Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Stewardship Workday

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

2800 Verle Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Free

Walk along Malletts Creek, watch the birds at the pond, play a game of disc golf, or ride your bike on the paved path – no matter what you’re doing in this park, you’re sure to see the effects of ongoing restoration work. Mary Beth Doyle Park has been transformed by volunteers! Help continue the effort by removing invasive weeds in the open areas of this park. Meet us on Verle Ave., off of Platt Road. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian.

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

1352 Lakeshore Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Free

A patch of dry prairie lines the Border-To-Border Trail in this park along the river, with many plants that are uncommon in our area. Help maintain this patch of special habitat by hand-pulling exotic weeds. We will meet at the main parking area off Barton Drive. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Every participant must present a completed release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

Nature Walk with Ann Arbor District Library

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

2475 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Free

This long, narrow nature area along the Huron River has many beautiful open areas, where habitats like prairies, a mitigated wetland, and even a sedge meadow are accessible via paths and boardwalks. Come learn more broadly about this beautiful nature area at this event. Staff from Natural Area Preservation will lead a family-friendly nature walk through the woods. Please meet in the parking lot off Fuller Road.