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Harvesting: Getting the Most from your Garden

  • September 1, 2020

What if much of what we need for our well-being could be found in a small patch of soil? Many people plant personal gardens in the summer and the most rewarding thing about planting one is harvesting in the fall! The harvesting time for each plant depends on several factors including length of maturity, temperature, precipitation, health of the soil, health of the plant, and insect and weed control. After you spend the summer raising your favorite veggies, berries, and…

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Water, the Root of the Solution: Exploring water’s role in the health of the environment

  • July 31, 2020

Written by: Jessica Getschman, C.I.G. – Indian Springs Metropark Interpreter Michigan is known for its fresh water, and that includes more than just the Great Lakes.  Swamps, fens, marshes, rivers, and so many more types of wetlands are found scattered throughout our state. This makes water quality a great place to start the conversation about a healthy environment in Michigan.  An important thing to remember when thinking about a healthy environment, is that we’re really talking about supporting healthy ecosystems.…

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Wasps: Heroines for the Lazy Home Gardener

  • July 29, 2020

Written by: Victoria Taylor Sluder, Western District Interpretive Services Supervisor D.I.Y. In my grandmother’s time self-sufficiency was more of a requirement than an option.  My generation hasn’t needed to know how to make bread when every grocery store always has racks of bagged loaves waiting for purchase whenever one wants a slice.  Why bother with yeast and flour? Sure, hobby baking is fun and maybe bread machines were a fad for a short while a few years ago.  But really, as…

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30 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Work of the Metroparks

  • July 20, 2020

Have you ever been grocery shopping with your baby in a stroller and had to use the ramp or curb cut to get into and out of the store?  What about using a ramp or elevator instead of stairs as you book-it through the airport with luggage? How about the verbal notices of stops on the airport train or the people mover? How many times have we told our children and grandchildren to wait for the LED signal to cross…

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Partnerships Help Make Your Metroparks Accessible

  • July 20, 2020

Accessible recreation is an important goal of the Metroparks. Removing barriers and increasing access are a top priority when looking at all new projects and infrastructure improvements. But how do we make the best decisions for possible improvements? One way is by working with partners and receiving public input. We been working with the Fun, Accessible, Inclusive, Recreation (FAIR) Play Coalition over the last year to provide input on the accessibility components of some of our major projects. The FAIR…

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Virtual Races at Your Metroparks

  • June 30, 2020

Are you tired of being cooped up and ready to get back to racing? Well, the race is on at your Metroparks! The Metroparks have partnered with Epic Races for a Heart MI Virtual Series: Swim. Bike. Run. This year, we invite you to be your own race director and choose the event or events of your choice this summer.  Whether this is your first “race,” an opportunity to set a personal record or even a chance to challenge yourself…

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New Partnership to Support and Improve Rouge Park

  • June 30, 2020

Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  Your Metroparks are excited to partner with Detroit Parks and Recreation to make improvements to restored prairie habitats within Rouge Park. In March Huron-Clinton Metroparks signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Detroit Parks and Recreation on a three-year agreement to complete natural areas management work within Rouge Park – the city’s largest park. The partnership would work to promote native species and biodiversity by…

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Natural Resources Staff Keep Rivers Safe

  • June 30, 2020

July is Parks and Recreation month, and this year the focus is on showcasing the talented workers at parks. Your Metroparks have many skilled staff, performing a variety of tasks that keep the parks safe, maintained and ready for visitors. You might not be aware that we have a skilled Natural Resources Department that is hard at work all year keeping the natural spaces of the park as well managed as possible.  From prescribed burns to invasive species control to…

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Shelden Trails Redevelopment Project Kicks-Off at Stony Creek Metropark

  • June 30, 2020

The highly anticipated redevelopment of the Shelden Trails at Stony Creek Metropark is officially underway! The redevelopment was identified as a need during the master planning process for Stony Creek in 2016. In 2018, The Huron-Clinton Metroparks started the multi-year redevelopment with a goal to extend and develop the Shelden Trail system to create a premiere multi-use natural surface trail system in southeast Michigan. The Shelden Trails were not originally designed as a multi-use trail system. Today they are best…

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